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Bulgaria: No pesticides found in imported fruit and veg
The Bulgarian Agency for Food Safety recently conducted a test to determine whether fruit and vegetables imported from the European Union and third countries met the country's phytosanitary regulations. A total of 18 samples of tomatoes, apricots, pears, raspberries, nectarines, aubergines, peaches, cherry.....
Taiwan: Food tops list of import rejects
Food products topped the list of imported food-related products that failed to meet the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) standards in the first five months of the year, followed by vegetables and tea leaves, according to statistics released by the agency yesterday.“As of May this year, a total of 253,707.....
Analysis on microbiological risk of fresh and fresh-cut leafy vegetables marketed in Italy
Recent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses occurred in Europe and USA have revealed a close correlation between pathogen contamination and leafy green vegetable consumption.Nine governmental regional veterinary institutes named Istituti Zooprofilattici Sperimentali (IZSs), namely Lombardia and Emilia Romagna.....
US: Experts calling for food safety system change
The current food safety system in the U.S. needs to be transformed, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Thursday during an Aspen Institute Spotlight Health program.The event also featured Dan Glickman, former Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and was moderated by.....
NZ: Technology helps pinpoint fakes
The risk of suspect fruit being used to piggy-back on Hawke's Bay's global pipfruit reputation has moved one company into cutting-edge science to thwart the pretenders, using what are effectively horticulture's own forms of fingerprinting and DNA testing.Leading orchardist and Bay View-based family operation.....
Excessive residue found in Chinese lettuce sample
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (June 22) that a Chinese lettuce sample was detected with pesticide residues at a level exceeding the legal limit. The CFS is following up on the case.A spokesman said, "The CFS collected the Chinese lettuce.....
Postharvest hot air treatment effective against blue mold decay in sweet cherries
Sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) is highly susceptible to pathogenic infections causing decay and serious postharvest losses. Blue mold decay caused by Penicillium expansum is one of the most important postharvest diseases in sweet cherry fruit .Recently, the use of postharvest heat treatments, including hot.....
New Zealanders want clear labelling of irradiated produce
Most New Zealanders want irradiated produce sold in shops and food outlets to be clearly labelled, a major consumer survey has found.The study of 1000 people, commissioned by Tomatoes New Zealand, found that 85% of participants want irradiated fruit and vegetables, as well as food made with irradiated.....
Worker found close to death in fruit container
A co-worker at a fruit processing plant in eastern Styria, Austria was saved in the nick of time by his colleagues on Tuesday. The fermentation gasses in the container almost caused the man to suffocate.The 37-year-old worker from Romania climbed for an unknown reason in a meter high fruit container that was.....
Middle East puts breaks on Indian veg imports
Close on the heels of neighbouring Kerala raising concerns about high level of pesticide content in vegetables grown in Tamil Nadu, many countries in the Middle East have put brakes on importing vegetables from the state.Exporters said large quantity of vegetables and other perishable commodities like dairy.....
Mushroom recall expanded
A recall of sliced mushrooms produced by a company based in Aldergrove, B.C., is being expanded due to possible Listeria contamination.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalled Champ’s Mushrooms Sliced Mini Bella Mushrooms in a 680-gram package on June 7.The CFIA has now added Sliced Crimini Mushrooms in.....
Could DNA barcoding prevent food safety outbreaks?
Blue Bell Creameries has been battling a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak for the past five years. The potentially killer bacteria was found in ice cream served at a Kansas hospital and sold by retailers. Reports most recently are blaming plants in Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas.The outbreak triggered a product.....
"EU unable to prevent entry of greening-affected plants, despite tougher regulations"
In view of recent data and developments, the Valencian Growers Association (AVA-ASAJA) denounced the absolute anarchy that reigns at the EU's borders when monitoring the entry of plant material from third countries, contaminated by various pests.To the interceptions of shipments infected with diseases such.....
Israel exports 400 million flies to Europe
Yes, you read that right: Israel is exporting 400 million sterile flies, which will be dispersed in orchards in Croatia and Bosnia to help farmers control pests in an environmentally friendly way.According to BioBee, a biotechnology company in Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, devoted to research in biological pest.....