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Neurotoxin identified in Carambola
People with chronic kidney disease should stay away from star fruit (Carambola) if they love life. A number of cases is known namely where the consumption of the yellow fruit looking like a star caused poisoning to dialysis patients and to people with kidney disease. The symptoms vary from throwing up to.....
Brazil: NSF International acquires Bioensaios to strengthen health & safety
NSF International, an independent global public health and safety organization that develops standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and pharma biotech industries, has acquired Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consulting Laboratory Ltd., based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It will.....
Carine de Clercq: "Importance of quick analysis increases in fruit and vegetable sector"
Fytolab concentrates on going intenational
The roots of Fytolab originated in the seventies within the union branch Gewasbescherming (plant protection) of Gent University. The focus on protection means residue analysis started an independent private laboratory on 1 July 2000. Carine de Clercq, general manager of Fytolab, tells about the developments.....
by Cardiff food testers
UK: Warning after beetles found in dates and figs
A warning has been issued after food testers found live and dead beetles, larvae and insect excrement in seasonal figs and dates on sale in Cardiff.The city's food testing laboratory discovered 60% of the dates and 75% of the figs sampled were infested. Scientists examined 43 packets of the dried fruit on.....
over 5,000 cases recalled Nationwide
FDA recalls Crunch Pak Apple slices for listeria
Crunch Pak issued a voluntary, nationwide recall alongside the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at the end of last week for more than 5,000 cases of its Crunch Pak Apple Slices.According to a press release issued by the FDA, 5,471 cases of the fruity snack are being recalled for a possible listeria.....
Aldi pulls all red, green and black grapes from stores
US (WI): Shopper finds black widow spider in grape container
Aldi Supermarkets pulled all red, green and black grapes from Milwaukee-area stores and promised to beef up inspections after a shopper found a venomous black widow spider in a red grape container at the Wauwatosa Aldi last Thursday."At Aldi, we are committed to providing high quality products," the company.....
UK: Toddler finds snail in supermarket veg
A mother says she won't be shopping at Iceland again after finding a snail in the vegetables she was giving her toddler daughter.According to the Daily Mail, two-year-old Daisy Simpson spotted the snail in the broccoli and cauliflower bake made by her mother Jessica Lawson on Saturday and shouted "Snail,.....
EU: Turkish peppers 15 times the Malathion limit
The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) notified the entry into the EU of three different batches of Turkish peppers which have been detected and destroyed as they greatly surpassed the permitted Maximum Residue Limit (MRL).The RASFF also stated that this was one of the worst cases notified over the.....
Chilean growers learn to limit use of resources
Small growers in Chile often use more resources than necessary. This is not only damaging for the environment and public health, they also end up with a financial deficit. The expertise centre Wageningen UR Chile are therefore going to provide training to small farmers in how to farm anduse fewer crop.....
Infectious Panama disease in bananas spreads further again
Panama disease caused great damage in the banana plantations in Southeast Asia.Researchers fromWageningen UR (University & Research centre) have, together with some partners, demonstrated that this disease, caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp.cubense has now arrived in Jordan. This means that.....
Tjiske Regina Bolt: "Government is committed to preserving and creating trade."
Export seminar Fruit Attraction well attended
On Friday 18 October as part of Fruit Attraction, a seminar organised by the Dutch Embassy and Agriculture Council in Spain, there was a discussion regarding phytosanitary policy and international trade. Tjitske Regina Bolt,Senior Policy International worker, spoke about this. Firstly she gave an.....
Colombia: Two shipments of grapes from the United States and Spain are sent back to their ports of origin
Two fresh grape shipments from the United States and Spain were intercepted by the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) in the terminal ports of Cartagena and Buenaventura as they were infested by a pest.The shipments were infested by the Pseudococcus viburni plague, more commonly known as the vine.....
India: Government considers banning ethylene for ripening fruit
Recognising the health hazards caused by increasing use of chemicals, Himachal Pradesh government is now mulling to enact a legislation to ban sale and use of ethylene - a chemical used for artificial ripening of fruits.Increase in use of chemical to artificially ripen fruits has stoked concern for the fruit.....
Austria: 10 year anniversary of reduction program from GLOBAL 2000 and Rewe
For 10 years, GLOBAL 2000 has run, together with Rewe International AG, a reduction programme. Thanks to this innovative collaboration they succeeded in persuading the Austrian environmental organization to reduce the tax on crop protection products for fruit and vegetables on the shelves of Billa, Merkur.....