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Which Israeli summer fruits get sprayed the most?
Summer fruits are a major business for Israeli growers, who employ modern techniques which allow them to produce large quantities for local consumption. In the local market, fruits are a big hit among Israeli consumers during the summer months. However, some of the fruits reaching consumers contain high.....
China: treatment with 1-MCP on early-maturing melting peaches
For the first time, Chinese scientists at the College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering at China Agricultural University investigated the effect of a treatment with 1-MCP on the phenolic metabolism and antioxidant potentials of early-maturing melting peach fruit (Prunus persica L. cv. Yuhualu).....
How clean is pre-washed spinach?
Ever wonder what that the words triple-washed or pre-washed on a bag of baby spinach mean? Not much, according to engineers at the University of California, Riverside. They discovered that small peaks and valleys in baby spinach leaves could be a key reason why there have been numerous bacterial outbreaks.....
Downy mildew disease promotes the colonization of romaine lettuce by bacterial pathogens
Infection by plant pathogens may create new ways for microbial colonization of plants. Biotrophic and necrotrophic fungi responsible for post-harvest decay have been shown in several studies to enhance the colonization of produce by enteric pathogens. Glomerella cingulata infection of apple fruit promoted.....
AU: Patties recall fuels 88% profit plunge
An outbreak of hepatitis A linked to packets of Nanna's frozen mixed berries and subsequent product recall has blown 88 per cent off Patties Foods' full year net profit. The frozen food and pie maker posted net profit of $2.1 million for the 12 months to June 30, compared with $16.7 million the previous.....
FDA response to caramel apple outbreak questioned
In a presentation to the U.S. Apple Association’s Outlook and Marketing Conference Aug. 20, the Food and Drug Administration’s Roberta Wagner took questions from the audience about pending food safety rules and the fallout from the foodborne illness outbreak in late 2014 linked to Listeria monocytogenes in.....
Study: Recalls of organic food on rise
There has been a sharp jump in the number of recalls of organic food product, new data shows.Recalled products accounted for 7 percent of all food units recalled so far this year, compared with 2 percent of those recalled last year, data of the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture.....
Novel microbicide developed against foodborne pathogens
The efficacy of many chlorine-based sanitizers currently used in food processing facilities is reduced when organic matter is present.The research team led by Zhao at Center for Food Safety of Georgia University found that the combination of levulinic acid and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) can inactivate all.....
Concerns regarding use of chlorinated water in fresh-cut produce industry
Chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) solution at pH 6.5 is currently the most common sanitizer used in the fresh-cut produce industry in the U.S. because it is cheap and easy to use. Chlorine is used in the concentration range of 50–200 mg/L, even if recent studies demonstrated that lower concentrations of free.....
Nigeria: NISEPA condemns use of detergents on fruit
The General Manager, Niger State Environmental Protection Agency (NISEPA), Lucky Barau, has expressed worry over the use of detergents to wash fruits.He also cautioned fruit sellers to stop forthwith or face the consequences of their actions.NISEPA general manager's warning is coming against fears expressed.....
AU: Foodborne illness rates falling
Recent reports show that foodborne illness rates in Australia are falling except for Salmonella. According to an Aug. 12, 2015, story posted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, there has been a 50-percent increase in Salmonella infections in Victoria since 2012, and Salmonella infections have doubled.....
Coop eG calls lettuce product back
Salmonellae in 200-gram Romana mix
Producer coop eG is recalling a lettuce product because of salmonellae. Of those the 200-gram package “coop Feine Lebensmittel” Romana mix with a best-before date of August 11, 2015 is afflicted. Salmonellae have been found in there in a self-inspection of the producer, as stated in an announcement by the.....
USDA: Improving the safety of leafy greens
Food safety is a top priority for consumers, especially when it comes to the leafy greens in salads. Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered natural methods to sanitize these vegetables using ingredients commonly found in the kitchen, such as oregano, cinnamon, and vinegar.Plant extracts,.....
Salmonella incidents prompt new food safety guidelines
Increases in the number of salmonella cases in Australia have been recorded even as the overall number of food poisoning cases has dropped from 4.3 to 4.1 million, between 2000 and 2010. The findings have prompted the Food Produce Safety Centre for Australia and New Zealand to issue new guidelines to.....