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Frieda's adopts food safety platform ReposiTrak®
ReposiTrak, provider of Compliance Management and Track & Trace solutions for food safety exclusively endorsed by FMI and ROFDA, have announced that Frieda’s Inc., marketer and distributor of more than 600 different varieties of fruits, vegetables and gourmet items to supermarkets, foodservice, and.....
QUAFETY Scientists validate the ELISA-based detection of fresh-cut vegetables pathogens
Most of leafy vegetables used for fresh-cut industry are grown in soil and bacteria contamination from Escherichia coli O157 and Listeria monocytogenes can easily occur.Washing practices during minimal processing are able to reduce the bacterial load and allow to preserve the fresh-cut leafy vegetables for.....
Irradiated Australian produce likely to be in stores soon
Irradiated fruit and vegetables from Australia are likely to go on sale here as early as next year. Importers have welcomed the move but growers say the products could be used in fruit drinks without consumers' knowledge.Queensland's Department of Agriculture has applied for permission to irradiate 11 fruits.....
NZ: Source of Yersinia outbreak remains unclear
The source of an outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis which has sickened at least 127 people in New Zealand remains unclear, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).The agency said there have been no further confirmed cases since the first week of October and noted a peak in September. 38.....
NZ: Growers blame cuts for food poisoning fiasco
Angry growers are doubtful authorities will be able to prove the origins of the painful food poisoning outbreak as a consumer backlash against carrots and lettuce hits home.Horticulture New Zealand and the Labour Party yesterday blamed cutbacks to the Ministry for Primary Industries' (MPI) food safety.....
New website provides farm food safety news and resources
The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) has completely revised its website to provide easier access to a wealth of news, information and resources concerning leafy greens food safety and this important program created in 2007.The opening page of the new website takes users quickly to the most.....
ESR reports no help to gastro bug investigation
Horticulture New Zealand is not surprised the ESR reports released today into the recent outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis do little to further the discovery of the source of the illness.HortNZ is continuing to assist the Ministry for Primary Industries with its investigation into the outbreak of.....
China: CFS finds excessive pesticide residues in three vegetable samples
A spokesman for the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (October 14) said the CFS is taking follow-up action after pesticide residues at levels exceeding the legal limits were found in three vegetable samples (including Chinese white cabbage, Chinese lettuce.....
NZ: Food poisoning suspects to be named
A list of foods suspected of causing a painful food poisoning epidemic will be released to the public tomorrow, following continued questions from the public, the Government says.There have been 127 confirmed cases of yersinia pseudotuberculosis and 38 people have been taken to hospital because of the.....
Vietnam: Agency asserts that Chinese products are safe for consumers
In an interview with Bao Dat Viet, Nguyen Xuan Hong of the Plant Protection Department says that his agency has uncovered 17 batches of fruits with 300 tons from China containing chemical residues exceeding permissible levels. Compared to regulations, there are certain chemical residues three times higher.....
Russia: Thrips detected in tomatoes
Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service detained 18 MT of Ukrainian tomatoes from entering the Russian Federation. The load was coming from Belarus, contaminated with a quarantine pest – Western thrips. It is to be noted that a month ago Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service.....
NZ: Bagged lettuce possible cause of gastro
One hundred and twenty seven people have been infected with yersinia pseudotuberculosis since it first appeared last month and 38 of them have had to be treated in hospital.Foodstuffs said it was given access to a report naming two of its two products, Pam's fresh express mesclun salad lettuce and Pam's.....
Russia: Vegetables and fruit with forged documents found at Auchan
Fraudulent certificates of national quarantine pest control were detected by Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Sverdlovsk region. Documentation supporting agricultural production, delivered to an Auchan store from a company “VIP FRUKTY” (Ekaterinburg), was identified as forgery. The.....
Lebanon and FAO sign cooperation programme for surveillance of fruit flies
In a recent statement, the Lebanese Minister of Agriculture, Akram Chehayeb, stressed the "importance of following up on the development of the capacities of the Ministry of Agriculture in various fields, including natural pest control." He pointed to the importance of "the development of laboratories and.....