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Russia: Load of contaminated plums from Serbia detained
A quarantine pest – San Jose scale – was detected in a load of plums imported into Russia, August 13, 2014, country of origin – Serbia. It is the third detection of San Jose scales in plums imported into Murmansk from the beginning of the year. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, this quarantine pest was never detected.....
Florida Firm recalls avocados for potential salmonella contamination
Brooks Tropicals LLC of Homestead, FL, is recalling 401 boxes of fresh green-skin avocados with a single Lot # 2610 because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been associated with this recall, but the company said that it was being initiated as a precaution.The potential for.....
Fresh Food Safety Centre launched to counter disease risks
A new fresh food safety centre has been set up in Sydney, after outbreaks in recent years killed consumers overseas and shut down whole sectors of the horticultural industry.The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Ltd is an industry-led, not-for-profit company funded by the Produce Marketing Association.....
US: AFDO to develop food allergen control guidance for retail, foodservice outlets
The Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) has assembled an Ad-hoc Committee that has been charged with developing a guidance document for controlling food allergens in retail food and food service establishments. Volunteers from federal and state government, the retail food industry, industry trade.....
NZ: Genetic engineering debate rises again
Fifteen years ago, New Zealanders turned out in force to protest genetically engineered food but it has snuck onto our supermarket shelves regardless. Rebecca Reider reports.The GE-free movement was one of the great activist successes in New Zealand history. In 1999, 20,000 people marched down Queen Street,.....
Codiagro expands range of residue-free plant protection products for grapes
Grapes are a very sensitive crop to fungal plant diseases, which usually require fungicides to prevent high losses in production volumes.After long years of research, Codiagro has created a range of products that prevent the use of fungicides and, therefore, the residues they generate. These residues can.....
The EU authorises Laminarin for use in Organic Protection
With the publication of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 354/2013 on 9 April, the European Commission approved the use of the active substance Laminarin as a biocide. It is a polysaccharide extracted from the seaweed Laminaria digitata whose manipulation meets the rules set by the Organic.....
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.....
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.....