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Food safety

Contamination risk grows as people eat more fresh produce

As people include more fresh produce into their diets each year contamination of fresh produce is emerging as a major food safety challenge, Lincoln toxicology Prof Ravi Gooneratne says.While it is generally processed ready-to-eat and cold-stored meat and dairy products that are considered high-risk foods for.....

Hong Kong imports of Canadian asparagus found to be contaminated

Update, Wednesday 12:00 pm PSTAccording to Ken Wall, Chairman of the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario, it is highly doubtful that the asparagus referred to in this article is of Canadian origin. "The Canadian industry is highly concentrated in the southern Ontario region. This is the only region in Canada that is.....

Horton Fruit issues recall after listeria contamination

A Lousiville food company, Horton Fruit has issued a recall in several US states on two of their packaged spinach products after a possible listeria contamination was found.The recalled products include 10 ounce and 2.5 ounce bags of Fresh Curly Leaf PEAK brand spinach and its Harris Teeter Farmer's Market.....

Argentina: 60% of the fruit & veg in Buenos Aires has agrochemicals

For the first time, an agency of the national State certifies what is an open secret between producers and environmentalists. According to official reports, 60% of the food that arrives in the Central Market of Buenos Aires has agrochemical residues. "We suspect that many markets in the country have these.....

Russia: Nearly 600 tonnes of produce detained by Novosibirsk in April

Inspectors of the Rosselkhoznadzor of the Novosibirsk region have reported their figures for April. This month, 584 tonnes of fruits and vegetables from the republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan were detained at the border of the region. These were intended for sale in Novosibirsk and its.....

Norway: Domestic and imported berries tested for pesticides and pathogens

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority controls pesticide residues in food annually. The Pesticide Residue Report 2012-2015 compiles and looks at the results of analyses for pesticide residues in Norwegian and imported berries.During this period, 470 samples of berries were analysed for pesticide residues. 288.....

Dole settles two lawsuits over 2016 Listeria outbreak

The Dayton Daily News has reported that Monterey, CA-based Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. has reached separate undisclosed settlements with two of the parties claiming injuries in the Listeria outbreak which shutdown the Ohio Dole Fresh Vegetables salad processing facillity for three months back in 2016.The.....

Frito-Lay issues recall on potato chips due to salmonella

Frito-Lay has issued a voluntary recall for both its jalapeño-flavored Lay's and Miss Vickie's kettle cooked potato chips. The company says there is potentially salmonella in the seasoning.The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says salmonella can cause serious and occasionally fatal infections for.....

by Le Thu/Hoang Anh

Vietnam: Inadequacies in food safety inspections

The inspections of food safety for imported goods have caused many shortcomings, including time and costs, putting a heavy pressure on the authorities.Violation rate is very lowAccording to analysis of the HCM City Customs Department, Clause 1b of Article 38 of the Law on Food Safety regulation states: “Food,.....

Morrisons issues recall after customers find needles in green beans

The supermarket chain Morrisons has issued a recall on certain packs of green beans after two customers reportedly found needles hidden inside the vegetables. The recall effects 170g packs of trimmed beans, with the display dates 22 April, 23 April and 24 April 2017.Morrisons issued the recall stating: "As a.....