Australian olive oil code of practice implementation (OL13007)
Status: Ongoing project
What’s it all about? The ultimate goal of this project is to enhance consumer confidence in Australian olive products by:
- Providing a formal mechanism for certification of Australian olive products in both domestic and export markets (including the registration of certification trademarks for olive products)
- Supporting and monitoring industry compliance with the Australian Standard for olive oil, the ANZFA Food Standards Code, and Australian Consumer Law, through undertaking regular national market surveys
- Building olive industry skills and capacity through training programs.
What’s the latest update? As per the last edition of Hortlink (2017, edition 1), the project has worked with River Murray Training (RMT) to develop a suite of six accredited e-learning modules for olive producers, to build skills and facilitate implementation of the Australian Olive Association’s Code of Practice. Training topics include implementing a HACCP-style food safety/quality plan, export readiness, and sensory assessment for extra virgin olive oil and table olives.
For access to the online modules, olive producers can register with RMT’s Gill Ireland on 0409 280 387 or at gillian.ireland@r‐m‐t.com.au. With a username and password from Gill, participants can then log on to the website that hosts the training program, www.r‐m‐t‐online.com. The site also features workbooks and other support documents.
Other work in the project has included continued market surveys to monitor compliance against the Australian Standard for olive oil and the voluntary standard for table olives, as well as international standards and regulations. Results are available here.
Olive industry minor use program (OL16000)
Status: Ongoing project
What’s it all about? Through this project, levy funds and Australian Government contributions are used to renew and apply for new minor use permits for the olive industry. These submissions are prepared and submitted to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
The minor use program is also supported by the project Generation of residue, efficacy and crop safety data for pesticide applications in horticulture crops 2017 (ST16006) which, as the name suggests, is responsible for generating data to support a range of permit applications for a range of industries. Project ST16006 uses grant funds from the Australian Government’s Agvet program, which you can read more about here, plus some levy contributions.
What’s the latest update? All current minor use permits for the industry are searchable at portal.apvma.gov.au/permits. Permit updates are also circulated in Hort Innovation’s Growing Innovation e-newsletter, which levy-paying members receive monthly. Not a member? Sign up for free here.
Other R&D projects of note…
- Australian olive industry benchmarking program (OL16001), a new project that will ensure Australian olive growers have easy access to clear, relevant industry benchmarking information around productivity, quality and profitability. This information will assist new and experienced growers to assess the performance of their orchards and businesses against the wider industry, and identify areas for action and improvement.
- Olive oil food service program (OL16004), a new project currently being contracted. It will involve developing a better understanding of the current use of olive oil in the food service sector, and informing and educating the sector on the attributes, benefits and uses of Australian extra virgin olive oil. More details will be provided in Hortlink as they become available.
- Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019 (MT16011), a new project to provide easy-to-read and easy-to-act-upon trade performance information to Australia’s horticulture industry. Quarterly reports will be made available through the Hort Innovation website, with the first olive report soon to be downloadable from the olive grower page.
- International Olive Council Committee (OL15002), which will support Australian olive industry attendance at biannual International Olive Council chemists’ meetings (the next of which occurs in 2018). These meetings involve discussion on the technical analysis, grading and regulation of olive oil, among other things. Participation will help ensure Australian olive growers and other industry stakeholders are prepared for any changes to international regulations that may affect trade, and mean Australia’s accredited laboratories that certify domestic products can continue achieving international accreditations.