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Test plot kale for baby food next to Airport Bremen
Right next to Airport Bremen, a test plot with kale for baby food is in use, German newspaper 'Bild' is reporting on its website. The vegetable has until mid-November to grow. Then it's harvest time. The plants are being used for biomonitoring. Dettmar Dencker (62), head of environmental management at the.....
California company issues recall for tomato, grocery deli salads
A California produce company is issuing a recall of some lots of tomatoes and salad kits that include them because they may be contaminated with salmonella.Taylor Farms of Tracy issued the voluntary recall Saturday night for Expo Fresh Roma tomatoes shipped to Costco locations in Los Angeles and Hawthorne in.....
Concern continues in Vietnam for Chinese pears with preservatives
After absorbing unknown preservatives, Chinese pears can remain fresh for five months in normal environmental conditions in Vietnam, a Vietnamese food safety official has warned.Pham Xuan Da, the rector of the National Institute for Food Control, released the striking information at a meeting on Tuesday.....
AU: Apples, grape, strawberries could soon be treated with radiation
Apples, grapes, strawberries and other popular fruits could soon be treated with radiation before lobbing on shelves.The nation’s food watchdog has recommended allowing apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, honeydew, rockmelon, strawberries, table grapes, zucchini and squash to be zapped.....
Dole recalls bagged spinach due to possible contamination by walnuts
Although no illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported, Dole Fresh Vegetables is initiating a limited voluntary recall of the following products:PRODUCT NAME BAG CODE BEST-BY DATEDOLE Baby Spinach 6 oz bag B2311020 9/4/2014UPC 071430009642 B2311021 9/4/2014 B2311022 9/4/2014 B2311023 9/4/2014 DOLE.....
European project LIFE+SU.SA.FRUIT launched in Zagreb July
Italy and Croatia united to reduce pesticides in fruit production
The EC has just funded a project to develop, apply and demonstrate an economically viable strategic plan to implement integrated pest management (IPM) by promoting a low use of chemicals in field and post-harvest fruit production practices in typical Croatian and Italian agro-ecosystems. The project aims to.....
St Petersburg: Moroccan potatoes with moth larvae
During the inspection of the load of potatoes from Morocco, Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service detected live insect larvae, similar to the potato tuber moth larvae. According to the analysis results received by Leningrad Veterinary Laboratory, the contamination with quarantine pest - potato.....
USDA schedules Codex meetings on import/export inspection, certification
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service is convening a September 25, 2014, public meeting in Washington, D.C., to receive public comments about draft positions to be discussed at the 21st Session of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and.....
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.....