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Food safety

Ava macadamia and cashews recalled in US for listeria contamination

Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts and Ava's Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted are the subject of unrelated recalls for possible listeria contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.The macadamia nuts were sold in six states: Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Indiana......

EFSA report: Highest MRL exceedance rates in broccoli samples

The European Food Safety Authority EFSA has released a new report with analytic data of residues contaminants in fresh produce in EU member states. According to the report, 97.2% of the 84,341 samples analysed in 2015 were free of quantifiable residues or contained residues within the legally permitted.....

Costa Rica: Fighting the chayote mite to protect exports

The State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Costa Rica, together with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), has prepared a brochure with recommendations for producers to combat the chayote mite.The aim is for producers to apply good.....

Test fresh produce’s nitrate content and Geiger radiation at home

A new step in food safety. Chinese website Alibaba offers food counters that immediately measure the amount of nitrate in your fresh produce, and knows whether your food has been exposed to radioactive radiation. For approximately 100 dollar, you can own Greentest, the Portable High Quality Accuracy Food.....

Jingdong (JD) establishes first electronic test center for freshness in China

Recently, Jingdong has established a test laboratory. This is China's first electronic test center! Liu Qiangdong expresses on his own profile: "Tightly controlling the source + a system that traces the chain back to this source + cold chain logistics, it's all for the sake of safety!"To let consumers eat.....

Russia: Hotline to report poor quality fruit and veg

From 24 May to 23 June, the Russian region of Irkutsk is having a month devoted to the quality and safety of early vegetables and fruits, as reported by the press service of the government of the region. The main goal of the month is to prevent the sale of substandard products.Within the framework of the.....

China: Companies respond to ban on apples and pears to India

On 1 May, the Indian National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) announced that from 1 June 2017 India will temporarily stop importing Chinese apples and pears. The reason is that they found mealybugs in imported apples and pears, which are harmful organisms that should be quarantined. Once this news spread,.....

Further emergency approval for SpinTor for peaches and apricots

On the basis of Article 53 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) issued another emergency authorization for the pesticide SpinTor (active substance: Spinosad).Thereafter, the insecticide may be used beyond the existing authorization for the control of.....

Fresh fruit, vegetables and salad "to go"

What makes fresh cut products safer?

Ready cut fruit, crunchy vegetable sticks and ready-to-eat salads are current the trend. Fresh-cut products ensure quick and delicious enjoyment - whether at the office, as an on-the-go snack or at home. However it is important to be aware that freshly cut fruit, vegetables and salads that have been cut,.....

BrightFarms issues recall amidst fears of metal contamination

BrightFarms is initiating a voluntary recall of packaged produce sold in Giant Food stores due to the potential presence of metal as a result of construction at its Elkwood, Virginia (Culpeper County) greenhouse farm.The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at the Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle,.....

GLOBALG.A.P. develops new TR4 biosecurity add-on for bananas

TR4 is a plant disease of the roots of banana plants. It is a fungus but it cannot be controlled by fungicides or chemicals. This poses a serious threat to the worldwide banana production. The best way to fight the disease is to prevent its spread.Following the FAOs and GLOBALG.A.P. stakeholders' urge to step.....

AU: Plant biosecurity gets a $21million injection

Australia is on track to adopt some of the most sophisticated plant pest surveillance technologies in the world after Horticulture Innovation Australia secured a Federal Government grant and co-investor funding to deliver a $21million plant biosecurity push.The $6.8million Rural R&D for Profit grant will.....