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Costco celery, onions linked to E.coli outbreak
Costco officials say testing has pointed toward a vegetable mix from a California food wholesaler as the source of E. coli in the company's chicken salad that has sickened 19 people in seven states.Craig Wilson, Costco vice president of food safety and quality assurance, said Wednesday he was told by the.....
Spain: New fungicide reduces losses in strawberries
About 70 strawberry growers have shown their interest in learning about the properties of a new fungicide from Bayer, Luna Sensation, which is effective against botrytis and powdery mildew in strawberries. Two Bayer technicians, Jordi Fullana, head of horticultural crops Iberia, and Agustí Soler, head of GAP.....
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Spain: Exceptional use of dichloropropene and chloropicrin authorised
The Directorate General of Health of the Agricultural Production, institution under the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (MAGRAMA), has decided to approve an exceptional 120 day authorisation for the sale of plant protection products formulated with 1.3-dichloropropene, chloropicrin and combinations.....
EU Commission evaluates BPA packaging legislation
The European Commission will propose new regulations on bisphenol A (BPA) next year due to uncertainty created by individual Member State laws and negative effect on consumer confidence.EFSA's scientific opinion shows the level of BPA that consumers of all ages are exposed to is well below the t-TDI and.....
CDC: Cucumber linked to salmonella outbreak
A salmonella outbreak linked to imported cucumbers has sickened many people in the United States.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 800 people have been sickened, and four people died after eating the tainted cucumbers from Mexico.The outbreak is affecting 38 states, including New.....
Supermarket only veg won't solve Vietnam food safety
By forcing the sale of fresh vegetables to move from street markets to the supermarket the Vietnamese government will not achieve the desired effect. This government policy is based on concerns about food safety and better control of the chain, but consumers have their own reasons for buying products from.....
Spain: Alert for whitefly, thrips and virus diseases in Almeria
Almeria's vegetable crops are being heavily attacked by whiteflies, thrips and viruses; as a result, COAG Almeria has issued a call for growers "to contact their nearest COAG office or the District Agricultural Office (OCA) to provide them with reports on losses and crop damage," state sources from the.....
Pesticide residue found in 69% supermarket veg in Taiwan
In Taiwan, tests have been carried out on fruit and vegetables sold at supermarkets to assess the pesticide residue on the produce. 69% of the samples tested contained pesticide reside and 12% shows excessive residue.Forty-five of the 65 vegetable and fruit products collected from brick-and-mortar and.....
Foraged urban food deemed safe
A study has found that Boston foragers (people who collect fruit and nuts from urban forests and edible landscapes in a city setting) should not worry about finding metals in their harvest.Boston's League of Urban Canners teamed up with Wellesley College researchers to study food collected along major.....
Chipotle to address food safety issues
After an E. coli outbreak which was traced back to the Chipotle chain in Washington and Oregon, the company is being sued for £75,000 with claims of negligence.Chipotle has closed all of its stores in Washington and Oregon, and also hired two food safety consulting firms to hopefully prevent future.....
US foodborne disease outbreaks up to 24 this year
Around 24 multistate foodborne disease outbreaks occur each year in the U.S. These foodborne diseases tend to be caused by the germs from salmonella, listeria and E. coli.Centres for Disease Control and Prevention's report said that outbreaks of foodborne illness mostly happen at the local level - an.....
Global Gap Tour 2015
Latest version GlobalGAP IFA focuses on prevention
On Tuesday, November 3, the GlobalGAP tour took place in Geldermalsen, the Netherlands. Being a fruit grower, GlobalGAP president Guy Callebout knows all about the stress of the exam. Healthy stress, that is, because with 155,000 certificates in 20 years, the world is getting greener and greener. An.....
Misbranding, undeclared allergens
Ready Pac recalls salad kits
Ready Pac Foods, Inc. is recalling approximately 265 pounds of salad kits with grilled chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain eggs and anchovies, known allergens, which.....
Vietnam moves away from Chinese imports
Vietnam is looking into replacing vegetables imported from China, amidst food safety concerns, with Da Lat greens produced in Vietnam.Currently Vietnam’s northern markets consume around 700 metric tons of agricultural products a day, of which 200 metric tons are from China and 50 metric tons come from Da.....