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Leaked in newspaper

Moroccan Court of Auditors report: Insufficient monitoring of foodstuffs

Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum has released a new, 200-page report allegedly leaked from Morocco’s Court of Auditors, following claims of low-quality products. The report blamed Morocco’s National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) for not correctly monitoring food production. The report also pointed fingers at.....

Safe Food For Canadians Regulations released

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) applauds the work of government and industry culminating in the release today of the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). CPMA has worked closely with industry and government during the consultative period and firmly supports the Government's.....

‘Tandrust Punjab’ mission:

India: Another crackdown on artificial ripening

Last Tuesday, Punjab’s Revenue, Water Resources and Mines Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria kick-started the “Tandrust Punjab” mission in India’s Barnala district. The aim of this mission is to improve people’s health by taking care of air and water quality, safe food and ensuring a good living environment.In.....

How safe are the vegetables Zimbabweans are eating?

The Mbare Musika, in Harare, is really a unique marketplace. Shoppers can find whatever they want, from carpentry products, metal work, textiles, to food-stuffs. The vegetable market offers a range of fresh and dried, for those who want garden fresh covo, lettuce, or cucumbers among others. First time visitors.....

Dalhousie University Study

Canadians expect mandatory GMO food labelling

Consumer uncertainty abounds, but some Canadians are ready to embrace the advantages of genetic engineering in foods. They are still somewhat divided on whether they believe genetically modified foods are safe and healthy, but there is an overwhelming belief that GMO food products should be labelled, a new.....

New case of Xylella in France

A new outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa has been detected in the French region of Saint-Raphaël, in the area of ​​the Alpes-Maritimes, located in the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, bringing to six the number of cases detected in this department. This has been announced by the prefecture.....

But Indian Council for Medical Research asks Australia for new medicine

Agriculture Minister Kerala: Time to lift Middle East import bans

The Agriculture Minister of Kerala, the state affected by a Nipah outbreak, on Friday said it is time for Middle Eastern countries to lift their ban on fruit and vegetables from the southern Indian state as the deadly virus is “completely controlled now.”The brain-damaging virus, which hit Kerala in early May,.....

US: Eight states warned against pre-cut melon due to salmonella

As of June 9, 2018, 60 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Adelaide have been reported from eight states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28. Out of 47 people with information available, 31 have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.Epidemiologic and.....

Cyclospora parasite in Wisconsin, Minnesota

US: Vegetables sold at Kwik Trips pose potential health hazard

To date, 11 people who had gotten ill in Wisconsin and 3 in Minnesota have reported purchasing a vegetable tray from a Wisconsin or Minnesota Kwik Trip location prior to their illness, says the Department of Health Services. The Del Monte vegetables trays sold at Kwik Trip contained broccoli, cauliflower,.....

Billa Bulgaria joins program to reduce pesticide residues in fruit and veg

Billa Bulgaria is joining a program for the reduction of pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables grown under the Billa Gardens project, involving over 150 farms and greenhouses run by 33 Bulgarian producers.The program was developed by the Austrian Global Environmental Protection NGO (Global 2000) and was.....

Canadian companies recall fresh pea sprouts for Listeria risk

Two companies are recalling pea sprouts after Canadian authorities tested the products and found the potentially deadly pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. Golden Pearl Mushrooms Ltd. was the first to recall “pea shoots” products, followed by Evergreen Herbs Ltd. Golden Pearl did not provide any date codes for.....

Romaine lettuce farmers take action to prevent future outbreaks

While the FDA continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of E. coli associated with romaine lettuce, experts state that any contaminated product from the Yuma growing region has already worked its way through the food supply and is no longer available for consumption.As the romaine lettuce outbreak, that.....

Media not helping romaine producers to move forward

As the Santa Maria and Salinas romaine lettuce seasons settle in for the next five months, growers are observing that persistent negative press surrounding romaine has meant the market has as yet been unable to recover from the fallout surrounding the E-Coli outbreak earlier this year. Although it has been.....

FDA and USDA align product safety standards

United Fresh supports and appreciates yesterday's announcement by USDA and FDA to align the USDA Harmonized GAP audit with the Produce Safety Rule. The alignment provides growers with confidence that the market access audit is consistent with federal produce safety requirements.“It’s important that federal.....

Hong Kong: Ready to ease ban on Japanese food imports

Seven years ago, shipments of fruit, vegetables and dairy products from 5 Japanese prefectures were halted following the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Now, Hong Kong officials say they're planning to ease this ban on food imports from Japan.Officials plan to approve imports from 4 of.....

Tied to romaine lettuce

More deaths in E. coli outbreak USA

Four more people have died as a result of the E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce, bringing the total to five deaths, Health officials reported last Friday. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 197 people in 35 states have been fallen ill in the outbreak. Eighty-nine people have.....

Linked to recalled frozen pomegranate product

South Australian Hepatitis A death

South Australian Health chief medical officer and chief public health officer Paddy Phillips revealed a 64-year-old woman died last Wednesday after "some time" in hospital. She died after contracting hepatitis A from a frozen pomegranate product. There have been 24 cases linked to the product nationally."This.....

Hong Kong: Excessive amounts of cadmium in pre-packaged frozen spinach

On June 1, the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced that a pre-packaged frozen spinach sample was detected in which the levels of cadmium exceeded the legal limit. The CFS is following up on the incident.Details of the product are as follows:Product name: Leaf.....

Spain: Agronomist tests effectiveness of biological insecticide in banana trees

In a PhD thesis, defended at the Public University of Navarre (UPNA), agronomist Ernesto Gabriel Fuentes Barrera (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1982) has proved the effectiveness of a new biological insecticide against Chrysodeixis chalcites, which causes damage to banana trees in the Canary Islands.It contains a.....

Still infectious after chlorine wash

Chlorine may not be enough to VBNC bacteria

Many bacteria are known to enter a viable-but-nonculturable (VBNC) state in response to environmental stresses. VBNC means the bacteria cannot multiply and are sort of dormant, but they are still alive and dangerous.A study found that chlorine, a sanitizer commonly used for fresh produce, induces a VBNC state.....

To prevent future outbreaks

US: ‘Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force’ formed

Arizona and California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements, the Produce Marketing Association, United Fresh Produce Association, Western Growers and other stakeholders in the produce industry have announced the formation of a ‘ Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force’, designed to assess and address issues.....

Financial impact of E. Coli outbreak isn't over

It is highly unlikely that any romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona (the origin of E. coli contaminated greens) remain on grocery store shelves, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The last harvest date of Yuma-grown romaine lettuce was April 16, and due to its 21-day shelf life, it is.....

Romanian Ministry of Agriculture guarantees tomatoes are safe for consumption

The Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) announced in a press release that the National Phytosanitary Authority is carrying out inspections in the markets and production sites in order to determine the quality of tomatoes from producers enrolled in the Government Support Program and.....

Saudi Arabia setting stricter controls on Egyptian fruit and veg imports

In a new development of Egyptian-Saudi trade relations, the Saudi Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) has announced that, as of 13 July, it will not allow the export of processed or frozen vegetables or fruits from Egypt to Saudi Arabia supplied by non-approved facilities. The necessary steps have already.....

"Phytosanitary prescription should be mandatory across Spain"

Agricultural engineers of Almeria advocate making the phytosanitary prescription mandatory, since they consider that it is the most effective system to guarantee food safety. Also, the professional group argues that the phytosanitary prescription should only be signed by qualified professionals who can back it.....

Indian Nipah scare: Gulf countries ban fruit & vegetables from Kerala state

As a Nipah infection was confirmed in some of the districts in Kerala, and 14 people died because of it, the Gulf countries have put a ban on import of vegetables and fruits from Kerala. Countries like the UAE and Bahrain have informed the central government that there will be no imports from Kerala until.....

India seeks Australia's help against Nipah virus

In the wake of cases of Nipah virus in Kerala, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has written to the Queensland government in Australia asking it to provide an antibody developed there, for testing. The antibody has not been tested on humans so far."We have asked them to give their monoclonal.....

For rapid tracing of unsafe produce

Consumer & Food Safety Groups urge FDA to establish industry requirements

Consumer and food safety groups called on the US Food and Drug Administration to propose, within six months, requirements for comprehensive and rapid traceability of produce, including leafy greens.The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, The Pew.....

FSSAI

India: Changes to food import regulations

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which is the apex body for regulating food-based trade in the country had released the Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulations (Regulations), in March 2017 with a view to monitor, compliances and regulatory mechanisms required for importing food.....

Pesticide warning to Turkish cherry growers

Aegean Region Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association Vice President Cengiz Balik: “The cherries grown in this area are extremely important for the regional economy. That’s why we need to pay extra attention when growing such a valuable product. We exported 23,000 tons of cherries to Germany in 2017.....

Ten fatalities in state of Kerala

Nipah virus may dent India's fruit exports

A virus that attacks the human brain has killed at least 10 people in Kerala, where medical crews are scrambling to manage the spread of the deadly disease, and to minimise panic. Fruit exporters are concerned about their falling prospects in the current season.The deadly virus is contagious and there.....

High pesticide residues found on 5 local and 1 imported product

According to information released by the Directorate of Agriculture, out of the 28 samples taken between May 4th – 10th from various imported products, such as pear, cherry, wheat, apple, pepper, strawberry, tomato, barley and pomegranates, only one product, the golden variety apple, was found to be over the.....

Vietnam: Organic market expects substantial growth

Food safety is one of the biggest concerns in Vietnam. The seventh business mission under the EU Business Avenues in South East Asia programme will bring more than 40 organic food and beverage producers to Singapore and Vietnam to introduce their quality products to the market. The mission will be.....

Reports say 15 fatalities

Iran: More than a thousand people poisoned by wild mushrooms

The official representative of the Department of Emergency Situations in Iran, Modetab Khalidi, said that due to a mass poisoning by wild mushrooms in the country, 1,017 were made sick, and 15 people have died.There is no effective treatment for this kind of poisoning, Iran's Tasnim News Agency reports. At.....

Erik Chikhani Carrillo with New Jersey-based Exp Group

"Completion of SQF certification opens up sales opportunities"

Following an intensive five-month process, North Bergen, NJ-based Exp. Group LLC has received its Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification. Not only was this certification a way for Exp. Group LLC to comply with the FDA Food Modernization Safety Act (FSMA) but it also provided the company with new opportunities......

University of Agriculture Faisalabad

Pakistan: ‘Excessive use of pesticides poses health hazards’

According to University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Zafar, the excessive use of pesticides for fruits, vegetables and crops is causing health and environment hazards in Pakistan. He was speaking this Thursday to the faculty and students at annual function of the Department of.....

Ripened with chemicals

Bangladesh: 37 tons of mangoes destroyed in Dhaka

In Dhaka, during Ramadan, the Rapid Action Battalion has foiled a transaction of over 37 tons of mangoes that were artificially ripened with illegal chemicals. Some 1.5 tons of dates, infected by insects, were intercepted as well. The force raided the wholesale fruit market in Jatrabarhi on Thursday. Executive.....