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Mushroom awards for top SA retailers
has allowed us to offer range and
quality as well as recipe informa-
tion and the latest health mes-
Mr Seymour said retailers, such
as Harndorf Vegetable Gardens
and Adelaide Fresh Fruiterers
played a crucial role in keeping
customers informed about the
dietary benefits of mushrooms.
Details: Pam Tobin, SA promotions coor-
dinator for AMGA, 08 8234 8601.
Juice ban backflip leaves bitter taste for industry to swallow
INDEPENDENT Senator for South
Australia Nick Xenophon has
slammed Food Standards Australia
and New Zealand for back-flipping
on its decision to ban the import of
carbendazim-laced Brazilian orange
In a letter to Sen Xenophon in
January, Parliamentary Secretary for
Health and Ageing Catherine King
said that orange juice concentrate
containing any level of the fungicide
would not be permitted to be
imported into Australia after April,
But in his recent appearance
before Senate Estimates FSANZ
chief executive Steve McCutcheon
effectively admitted that lobbying
from juice processors was a key
factor in forcing a last-minute
"review" of the ban.
"Again we see the big-end of town
putting the squeeze on small
producers," Sen Xenophon said.
"The citrus industry in Australia
was effectively banned from using
this chemical over two years ago,
yet FSANZ decide to wait for another
review before banning the harmful
fungicide at the import level."
Mr McCutcheon also made the
admission that an Australian
consumer buying orange juice
labelled 'Australian made' could be
drinking a product consisting of up
to 70 per cent or 80pc Brazilian
"This clearly highlights just how
pathetic our food labelling laws
are," Sen Xenophon said.
"'Australian Made' should mean just
Sen Xenophon has also hit out at
FSANZ for not adequately
publicising this backflip until
questioned by the committee,
admitting it published the
information only in a fact sheet on
"The growers I speak with in the
Riverland don't spend too much on
the internet searching for fact
sheets," Sen Xenophon said.
"FSANZ may try and bury the
facts, but they certainly can't bury
Sam and Grace Schinella, Adelaide Fresh Fruiterers, with employees David Forte, Rocky Dicero and David Quinn.
Growers Association general
manager Greg Seymour has
Australian retailers who last
month received the organisation's
2012 Retailing Award of
The awards were given to
Hahndorf Vegetable Gardens,
Tropical Triangle Fruit & Veg
Market at Modbury and Adelaide
Fresh Fruiterers, Fulham, follow-
ing a 12-month independent mys-
tery shopping program that
assessed retailers, ranging in size
from small boutique operations
through to large fr uit and veg-
"It is all about quality, freshness
and expertise, and the approach of
Hahndorf Vegetable Gardens typ-
ifies a real commitment to cus-
tomer ser vice as this store excels in
mushrooms," Mr Seymour said.
Angelo Palma, on behalf of his
family and staff, said the Harndorf
business had a strong commit-
ment to deliver the best ser vice
and high quality product to cus-
tomers throughout the year.
"Our business continues to
grow today but still retains its
original family values. Hahndorf
Vegetable Market's mission is to
be at the forefront of customer
ser vice, leaders in delivering fresh
produce and creating a pleasant
shopping experience and mush-
rooms are an integral part of that
business," he said.
The award, one of three in each
state, was evaluated on mushroom
quality, range, display and knowl-
Ralf and Sam Schinella, from
Adelaide Fresh Fruiterers, said
winning this award was a proud
achievement that highlighted the
commitment of their staff to
deliver high quality product and
the best possible ser vice.
"Adelaide Fresh Fr uiterers
Mushroom Growers have devel-
oped a good relationship which
allows us to maintain high quality
produce and range," Ralf said.
"Mushrooms are an important
part of our business."
Sam and Maha Ali-Bata from
Tropical Triangle Fruit & Veg
Market thanked the Australian
Mushroom Growers for the award
and said they were delighted to
receive recognition for the 2012
Retailer Award of Excellence.
"To us this award reflects the
pride we take in ser vice to our
customers all year round."
"Working closely with the
Australian Mushroom Growers
Food Standards backflip lifts
Concentrate contains harm-
Lobbying from processors
help force review
Nick Xenophon says the big-end
of town has once again put the
squeeze on small producers.
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