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Romania: Over 6,000 tonnes of non-EU fruit and veg inspected
Food safety and health inspections have been carried out this week in Romania to check the pesticide residue levels in fruit and vegetables imported from non-EU countries.More than 6,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables imported from countries such as Turkey, Albania, Iran, Macedonia, Serbia, Colombia, Egypt,.....
Guelph food scientist: "Listeria outbreaks a growing threat"
Even as the food industry and regulators get better at preventing and responding to the food-borne pathogen listeria, the greying of North America’s population could make outbreaks of the bacterium much more dangerous in the future, say researchers at The Food Institute of the University of Guelph.A nut and.....
US: Taylor Farms Kale linked to April Salmonella outbreak
The Minnesota Department of Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin that six people in the state were sickened by a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak associated with Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley. The illnesses began between April 3 and April 26, 2016. One person was hospitalized as a result of their illness,.....
Strawberries: fruit with most pesticide residues
Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes a list of the "dirtiest" and "cleanest" fruit and vegetables, i.e. those with the most or less pesticide residues. The report, prepared at the behest of the US Department of Agriculture, is based on the results of analyses of more than 35,000.....
US: Listeria outbreak plant 'impossible to clean'
In March, the Food and Drug Administration inspected the Pasco, Washington, CRF Frozen Foods processing plant, which has recently been possibly linked to a Listeria outbreak. According to Food Safety News, the agency’s report was finally posted to its website on Thursday 12 May. The report found various.....
Romania: Pesticide residue breaches in first quarter of 2016
During the first quarter of 2016, Inspectors of Romania's National Sanitary, Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) have inspected a total of 3,854 shipments of non-animal products to check for the presence of pesticide residues.Of the 862 samples collected and submitted for analysis, reports have.....
aid information services will be the core of the German Federal Center for Nutrition
Nutrition information combined nationally
The discussions and frequent reports about food show the importance of information about nutrition. That is why the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) wants to combine all information, communication and knowledge about nutrition. Therefore a new Federal Center for Nutrition will be created.It is.....
National Mango Board to host free FSMA webinar
The National Mango Board (NMB) is hosting a series of free webinars to update the industry on key FSMA regulations and practical strategies and information that will help businesses comply with the new requirements. Part I of this free webinar series will be presented in English on Monday, May 16, 2016 at.....
Possible listeria contamination
US: Costco recalls Organic Vegetable Medley
Due to concerns of a possible listeria contamination, Costco Wholesale has recalled "Organic by Nature" Organic Vegetable Medley packets.Costco's decision comes after a company in the US recalled some of its frozen veg products - including the Organic by Nature packets - after they were linked to an outbreak.....
"We confirm that there is no HLB in Peru, but we remain alert"
Peru is in a state of phytosanitary alert because of the presence of the vector Diaphorina citri (Asian psyllid) near the Peruvian border with neighbouring countries, such as Ecuador, as this vector spreads HLB bacteria (Huanlongbing or Citrus Greening). Contrary to what was stated yesterday by other media.....
German inspectors harmonize standards for fruit and veg
The Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) started a new series of seminars on the harmonization of quality control. The seminars are aimed at federal state inspectors who inspect fruit and vegetables in the wholesale and retail trade.The first of the six seminars took place in the historical organic.....
Spain: Cherry sector rejects dimethoate use
"The sector has joined this ministerial resolution, despite the fact that the cost of authorised treatments with active substances can be 300 percent higher than the current ones," explains the spokesperson of the Cherry Sector Association, Emilio Sánchez Serrano.The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has.....
US: Listeria frozen veg recall expands
As previously reported here,CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington, instigated a voluntary recall of 15 frozen vegetable items over concerns of a possible listeria contamination. The company has now expanded this recall to include all “frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables” labeled under 42.....
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Spain: Ethephon detected in Almeria greenhouse
Analyses carried out by the Laboratory of Production and Plant Protection of Almeria have confirmed the use of ethephon on a farm in the province which exported two batches of tomatoes to the Netherlands. The Council of Agriculture has announced that it will enforce the relevant disciplinary proceedings,.....