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Europe: High standards for QS laboratory approval
In the most recent test, whether the laboratories had overcome the difficulties they had in analysing certain active substances in previous tests was specifically checked. A particular active substance mixture was prepared for this purpose. The potato prepared as the optimum matrix turned out to be the.....
California fruit recall keeps expanding
As food recalls go, the recent stonefruit recall from California-based Wawona Packing Company is arguably both better and worse than most: better in that there have been no confirmed reports of people getting sick from contaminated food, worse in that the scope of the recall keeps growing.On July 19, the FDA.....
US: Romaine lettuce likely cause of E.coli outbreak in AZ., CA., and WA.
The CDC reported on December 11, 2013, a total of 33 persons infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 were reported from four states. The number of ill persons identified in each state was as follows: Arizona (1), California (28), Texas (1), and Washington (3). 32% of ill persons were.....
3% of Ukraine’s vegetable exports to Crimea blocked
According to the Rosselkhoznadzor Office for the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, the supply of all kinds of food from Ukraine to Crimea is implemented in full and without any delays from the Russian side; however, about 3% of Ukrainian vegetable exports do not meet the necessary safety requirements and.....
Russia bans import of Moldovan fruit
On 18 July, the Federal Service for Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation (Rosselkhoznadzor) banned the import of Moldovan fruit, including apples, pears, quinces, apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines and plums.The Rosselkhoznadzor has also restricted the import of plant products from.....
Sysco fined $19.4 million for storing perishables in unrefrigerated sheds
Sysco Corporation, the world’s largest food distributor, has agreed to pay $19.4 million in penalties and restitution after an NBC Bay Area investigation uncovered the company’s secret food sheds regulators called illegal and unsafe.The historic penalty is one of the largest consumer settlements in.....
Another shipment of Egyptian potatoes blocked by Russia
In the port of Novorossiysk, representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor (the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) detected a quarantine pest in another batch of Egyptian potatoes.The phytosanitary inspection, carried out by Rosselkhoznadzor state inspectors for Krasnodar Krai.....
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Concerns about presence of toxin in Argentinian grapes
Ochratoxin A has become a nightmare for Argentinian grape producers, as a report on its presence in the country was published Wednesday by the newspaper Vox Populi, of the wine producing province of Mendoza.According to Vox Populi, studies at the University of Florida, USA, have determined that climate.....
Yemen: Pesticide residue tests begin in Sa’ada
A team from the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation has been in Sa’ada governorate since Tuesday conducting tests on pomegranates for harmful levels of pesticide residue, Abdullah Masood, head of the Central Lab of Pesticide Residue Analysis, told the Yemen Times.Sa’ada governorate is the country’s main.....
Australian research centre to focus on fresh food safety
The first centre to research the safety of fresh food products has been established in Australia. It follows a number of health scares overseas where contaminated sprouts in Germany and toxic Listeria on rockmelon in the United States, killed dozens of people in 2011.University of Sydney Associate Professor.....
Russia: High levels of pesticides detected in Sverdlovsk region
Experts of the Rosselkhoznadzor (the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) recorded a high level of chemicals on several thousand hectares of agricultural land in the Sverdlovsk region. In some areas, this figure is ten times higher than normal.One of the substances found was.....
Norway: 84% of fruits and berries contain pesticides
A new report from the FSA and Bioforsk shows that 84.2% of fruits and berries in Norwegian stores contain pesticide residues. In last year's report, this figure was of 74.4%, which entails an increase of over 13% in one year.In vegetables, the average percentage of products were pesticide residues were found.....
Experts develop food safety campaign to keep older adults safe
Iowa State University researchers are targeting leafy greens in an effort to protect older adults from foodborne illnesses. Leafy greens are a common source of contamination in such outbreaks, according to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and older adults are often most.....
Mexico announces new measures to control Pierce Disease in grapes
The Secretariat of Agriculture (SAGARPA) published an Agreement in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register), on July 2, 2014 establishing phytosanitary measures to control and mitigate the dispersion of the Pierce disease Xylella fastidiosa Subsp. fastidiosa and its vector. This disease affects grape.....