Job offersmore »
- Hydroponic Crop Manager - Tahiti
- Manager Operational Excellence - El Salvador
- Area Manager North Europe - The Netherlands
- Senior Veredelaar Bloemen
- Consultant - Head of Sales or Greenhouse Owner
- Consultant - Head Grower of Greenhouse
- IPM Manager - Mona (Utah) USA
- Labor Manager - Mona (Utah) USA
- Assistant Farm Manager - Australia
- New Product Development Assistant Manager
Top 5 - yesterday
Top 5 - last week
Top 5 - last month
- Second season for Idaho's only commercial blueberry grower
- Wawona acquires stone fruit breeding operations of Burchell Nursery
- AU: New fully recyclable packaging set to take fresh produce industry by storm
- Walmart: purchase of Perimercados, Super Compro and Saretto
- New Transatlantic route brings huge vessels to Port of Liverpool
Exchange ratesmore »
HortGro refutes claim of Listeria on South African applesFollowing a report which linked Listeria to South African apples, the deciduous fruit industry body, Hortgro, said in a statement that according to their knowledge no Listeria has ever been found on fresh South African apples.
“The report is false and irresponsible,” said Anton Rabe, Hortgro’s Executive Director.
“A report is currently being circulated on certain WhatsApp groups which refers to an incident dating back to 2015 in California in the USA, when Listeria was found on caramelised apples. To link this to the current situation and in any manner or form with the fruit industry as such, is misleading and sensation-seeking.”
The fruit industry subscribes to the highest international food safety standards. All South African pack houses are accredited and follow strict guidelines. Without these protocols and auditing systems the export of fruit to discerning international markets would not be possible. Fruits from the same orchards are available for local market consumption.
"As an industry we take note and are concerned about the Listeria outbreak in South Africa," said Rabe. “However, there is no direct link between the outbreak and our industry. Hortgro will continue to monitor the situation and engage with health professionals when and where required.”
For over a hundred years SA has had an excellent reputation as a credible and reliable source of excellent quality and safe fresh fruit.
For more information:
Tel: +27 21 870 2900
Publication date: 1/29/2018
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector: