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Food safety

Russia: Unusual method to analyse fresh produce toxicity

Siberian researchers have developed a quick method to analyse the toxicity of vegetables and fruits. The main "marker" of contamination is the enzymes of ordinary fireflies, reports "Russian Planet".The innovative method allows for the quality of fruit and vegetables to be assessed literally in a minute. It.....

China phasing out more and more pesticides

China plans to ban another 12 highly toxic pesticides within five years, State media reported recently. According to the South China Morning Post, this is part of a government program to improve the safety of its farm produce.This all comes amid an ongoing campaign to improve the environment and, in.....

US: Pre-cut fruit linked to Salmonella outbreak in Washington and Oregon

The Department of Health (DOH) has announced a Salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or fruit mixes containing watermelon or cantaloupe in both Washington and Oregon.People who purchased these products on or about Oct. 25 up to Dec. 1 from QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers, and Central Market.....

Australian Department of Agriculture:

Nearly half of Italian kiwi shipments to Australia contain quarantine pests

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has reviewed import data for Italian kiwifruit over a five year period from 2011 to 2016. This review identified that 47 percent of consignments were detected with quarantine pests over this period.DAWR said that it has given this information.....

Xylella fastidiosa

10 EU countries join forces against crop disease

Ten countries of the European Union and the Commission agreed on Friday on a road map to strengthen the fight against Xylella fastidiosa, a disease that affects multiple crops in the Mediterranean area, some of them in the Region of Valencia, and which threatens to spread across the rest of the continent.At a.....

USDA awards $24M in grants towards increasing food safety

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for research, education, and extension projects that promote a safe, nutritious food supply. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program,.....

Statistics reveals food poisoning in Vietnam has doubled

Food poisoning is a concern across Vietnam and has killed 22 people & 3147 have been hospitalised during this year, official government data shows.According to the General Statistics Office (GSO) the figure recorded has doubled since last year.A report compiled by a parliamentary group between 2011 and.....

Kazakhstan prevented the entry of 742 tonnes of produce from Kyrgyzstan

742 tonnes of fruits and vegetables from Kyrgyzstan were not allowed to enter Kazakhstan due to lack of phytosanitary certificates, reports KazTAG quoting the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. "In the period from 11 to 24 November 2017, when inspecting quarantine.....

Turkey had highest amount of RASFF notifications in 2016

The 2016 Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) report shows Turkey has the highest count of Pesticide residues and aflatoxins in produce. As shown onfoodqualitynew.The highest number of notifications by Origin were from Turkey: for pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables it was 77 and for aflatoxins.....

Brazil named the top country of origin for food recalls

Brazil was found to be the top country of origin for recalls and notifications followed by Italy. This was the second quarter in a row they were at the top of the list. In the third quarter it accounted for 85 notices in Europe, 75 being for poultry. For the third time bacterial contamination was the leading.....

Japan implements supervised inspection of Chinese green peppers over pesticide concerns

On November 9, 2017, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare issued a new rule (1109 No. 1) which will implement supervised inspections of Chinese green peppers for the pesticide profenofos and will also cancel enhanced supervision and inspections of paclobutrazol in soybean.In accordance with food.....

Shenzhen Kingship take part in the first High-end National Food Safety Summit

On November 12, Shenzhen Kingship Co., Ltd. took part in the first High-end National Food Safety Summit in Lankao County, Henan Province. This event brought together more than 200 representatives fromthe most famous companies in Chinese food industry. Mr. Li Hanqing, Chairman of Shenzhen Kingship Co., Ltd......

Citrus greening will reach Spain via southern Portugal

The 2nd Citriculture Forum of Huelva brought together technicians and producers from the Andalusian sector, mainly from Huelva, in Gibraleón, one of the citrus producing municipalities of Huelva.The Forum, organised by Ecovalia, was attended, among others, by the general director for Health of the Agricultural.....

An insect from Spain saves crops in Europe

It is bred in San Vicente del Raspeig and it's called Sphaerophoria rueppellii. This is the scientific name of an insect that eats aphids and is helping save many crops, eliminating the annoying molasses left on the ground by trees like jacarandas when aphids attack them.A biotechnology company created at the.....

China: Sweet potatoes confiscated at Nantong Airport

Recently, aNantong Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau officer checked the baggage on flight ZH9062 from Japan and found sweet potatoes weighing 3,724 g. The baggage belonged to a passenger from China. Since the passenger didn't have the required certificate, Quarantine service officers confiscated the.....