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Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses
Monsanto is hosting a "Bee Summit." Bayer AG is breaking ground on a "Bee Care Center." And Sygenta AG is funding grants for research into the accelerating demise of honeybees in the United States, where the insects pollinate fruit and vegetables that make up roughly a quarter of the American diet.The.....
Spain: Gold Mine has negative impact on quality potatoes
Several potato producers from Coristanco (in the Spanish province of A Coruña) warn that the operation of a gold mine in Corcoesto has serious implications for the "production, quality and sale" of potato production labelled Indicación Xeográfica Protexida Pataca de Galicia.Although exploitation of the mine.....
Spain: Ailimpo updates active ingredients manual for lemons
TheLemon and GrapefruitInterprofessional Association, Ailimpo, has once again reviewed and updated the manual "Active ingredients recommended for lemons" (version number 9) with the collaboration and advice of Alfonso Lucas Espadas, of Murcia's Plant Health Service. The manual recommends the most adequate.....
India: High court orders centralised mango inspections
With concerns over the presence of pesticides in mangoes mounting during the season, the Delhi High Court has called on the Central Government to carry out surprise inspections at markets. A bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath asked the Agriculture ministry to carry out the inspections.....
Mexico: Bio-insecticide against Cabbage Looper developed
Jorge Ibarra Rendón explained that a new, stronger bio-insecticide is being developed through bioballistics which could be launched by late 2014.The Cabbage Looper pest, which is affecting many vegetable crops, particularly cabbages, in various Mexican regions, causing significant losses, will be tackled.....
Russian phytosanitary service bans import of 420 tons of produce
Since the beginning of May the experts of the Central Laboratory "Center of Grain Quality Assessment" identified and rejected approximately 426 tons of plant products of foreign origin.They were fruit and vegetables, most of which were imported from Poland and Turkey. The most frequent "claims" of the.....
Certification process and auditing
"We distinguish ourselves with our personal approach"
Last year, certificate authority DNV Business Assurance employedDanny de Brabander as 'Lead Auditor in combination with Agri Food Business & Development', after years of experience as quality manager at Fruit & Vegetable trading houses. "We've been working with as many sector specialists as possible.....
Best New Food Safety Product finalist
DeltaTrak showcases TTI solution at United Fresh
DeltaTRAK will showcase the ThermoTrace Time Temperature Indicator (TTI) solution at the United Fresh show in San Diego, California May 15th and 16th, 2013 (booth#1508). The TTI solution has been chosen as a United Fresh Best New Food Safety Product Finalist.DeltaTRAK's ThermoTrace TTI solution provides.....
Food safety award testament to SmartWash
SmartWash customer Taylor Farms Foodservice is the winner of the 12th annual Food Quality Award presented by Dupont and Food Quality magazine. An impartial panel of food industry judges selected Taylor Farms Foodservice for its' exceptional contributions to food safety. SmartWash is a main component of the.....
Agrocolor to start certifying Central American organic plantations in 2014
Formed by Cajamar, Coexpal and Andalusia's Government, Agrocolor was founded 15 years ago to meet the commercial and production needs of intensive production environments such as Almeria. Their goal is to comply with audits and carry out certifications of the AENOR UNE 155001 standard for quality integrated.....
Earthbound Farm opens up on food safety
Senior Vice President, Earthbound Farm, Will Daniels, has said that he feels food safety should not be a competitive advantage. Backing up his conviction is news that the company will open its own wash line and facilities to competitors to help them improve their own food safety. Daniels made the.....
Australian growers hit back on irradiated tomatoes "scaremongering"
The debate over importing Australian tomatoes which have been zapped with radiation has been driven by fierce trans-Tasman rivalry rather than legitimate food safety concerns, growers in Australia.New Zealand growers have raised concerns that supermarkets could be stocking irradiated Australian tomatoes and.....
FDA promises cantaloupe inspections
When Georgia cantaloupe growers start packing melons for consumers in a few weeks, they could get an unexpected visit from federal inspectors. In a recent letter, the Food and Drug Administration put growers and industry groups on notice to expect them.The FDA’s focus on cantaloupe safety comes after two.....
US: Top fruit growers concerned by FDA rules
Blueberries and bananas are in, but black-eyed peas are out. Papaya is in, but plantains and pumpkins are out. Spinach and summer squash, in. Sweet potatoes and winter squash, out. Artichokes? Out. Apples? In.And many apple growers aren’t too thrilled about that.The Food and Drug Administration, wrestling to.....