SPC and the Increasing Importance of Food Safety

SPC Care
Saturday, 09 October, 2021

The ongoing COVID global pandemic continues to impact daily life and is projected to 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 increasingly look for food security, reassurance, and trusted brands. It is now more important than ever for the food industry to be providing safe food choices which support both local agricultural and food production economies.

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. Local growers provide clean, green, and safe produce which is 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. This includes Total Quality Management Systems which ensure traceability from farm to plate.

SPC ProVital Diced and Puree Fruit cup packaging has been specifically developed in collaboration with Arthritis Australia’s Accessible Design Division and aims to provide an accessible fruit snack including for those consumers with fine motor skill difficulties. This award-winning, innovative package design is easy to grip and 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 waste associated with the use of bulk formats where you would have to individually portion out the serves. Food waste and sustainability in these uncertain times are other key considerations 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 to lock in vibrant fruit colours, consistent texture, and fruit cuts. This results in a great-tasting snack based on 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 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 several reasons, including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease and dementia2.

NEW! SPC ProVital Diced Fruit Variety Pack – Now Available!

SPC ProVital is excited to announce the launch of SPC ProVital Diced Fruit in a 12-count variety pack. Perfect for at-home use or within your health facility. Delicious flavours include Diced Peach, Diced Two Fruits and Diced Fruit Salad with each 120 g cup providing natural goodness of Australian grown fruit. Reach out to Jelica Vrkic (Jelica.vrkic@spc.com.au) for additional details.

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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