SPC and the importance of food safety


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The current COVID-19 global pandemic has had an impact on our lifestyles that will linger for some time. Prioritising hygiene has become a concern for Australian consumers and one that will likely become the new norm as we adapt our routines. During these uncertain times, consumers look for safety, reassurance and trusted brands. It is now more important than ever for the food industry to be providing safe food choices that support our local agricultural economy.

SPC is a proud Australian manufacturer of fruit and vegetables, based in the Goulburn Valley Region of Victoria. SPC is committed to the important role it plays in the Australian economy and manufacturing industry. Growers produce clean, green and safe ingredients that are manufactured in full compliance with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). SPC’s manufacturing site in Shepparton is regularly tested and audited against the most stringent food safety and environmental standards in the world.

SPC ProVital Diced and Puree Fruit cups have been specifically developed in collaboration with Arthritis Australia’s Accessible Design Division and aim to provide an accessible fruit snack for consumers with fine motor skill difficulties. This innovative package design provides an optimised seal to reduce opening force while guaranteeing food safety. The use of individually sealed, portion-controlled fruit cups is ideal for infection control management as it reduces the risk of food handling-related infection. It also reduces wastage associated with the use of bulk formats where you would have to individually portion out the serves. Food wastage in these uncertain times is another key consideration and concern for all Australians. The SPC ProVital fruit cup has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Packaging as contributing to reduced food waste.1

SPC ProVital Diced Fruit in Juice

The SPC ProVital diced fruit range is produced using state-of-the-art ‘cold fill’ technology for gentler processing which locks in vibrant fruit colours, consistent texture and fruit cuts. The end result is a great-tasting snack with the natural goodness of fruit.

SPC ProVital Fruit Puree

The SPC ProVital Level 4 Pureed range of delicious, nutritious and expertly formulated fruit-based products has been developed to address specific health requirements. The range has been designed and rigorously tested to meet the strict guidelines of IDDSI Food and Drinks Classification for Level 4 Pureed foods. This type of texture-modified diet may be recommended for individuals who have dysphagia. This is the difficulty of swallowing food and/or drinking fluids. Dysphagia may occur for a number of reasons, including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease and dementia.2

SPC ProVital is now available for home care

SPC ProVital is excited to announce the partnership with Atlas McNeil Healthcare Community, making our products available for at-home use.

References

  1. June 2016: SPC ProVital® easy-open cup won Food Service category in the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP)/World Packaging Organisation (WPO) Save Food Packaging Awards. This new award recognises companies which are developing innovative and sustainable packaging that minimises food losses and food waste.
  2. Swallowing Fact Sheet. Speech Pathology Australia. Available @ www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au.
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