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Apple top dirty dozen: fifth year in a row
Apples, peaches, and nectarines topped EWG’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in ProduceTM list of the dirtiest, or most pesticide-contaminated, fruits and vegetables, a new analysis of U.S. government data found. Apples turned up with the highest number of pesticides for the fifth year in a row, while.....
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Europe: 16% Jump in food recalls last quarter
Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS, the global leader in product recalls, retrievals, returns and audits, has revealed that there was a significant rise in food recall and notification occurrences across Europe during the final three months of 2014.Compared to the previous quarter, there was a 16 per cent jump in.....
Screening, labeling still issues in Hep A berry outbreak
Frozen berries being imported into Australia have been upgraded to ‘medium risk’ by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ), and 100% of the berries coming in from Chinese facilities identified following the Hepatitis A outbreak will be fully screened after the number of cases across Australia.....
Food safety through innovative concepts and IT-solutions
Through the advancing global trade the agriculture and food industry have to face the challenge to design new accompanying, cross-border security systems more economical, reliable and sustainable. The target of "Bonn.realis" (Bonn Research Alliance of Innovative Information Systems in International Quality.....
Vietnam checks imports as hep A scare linked to Chinese berries spreads
Vietnam Food Administration announced Monday that it is verifying if berries from China are being sold in the country after a number of Australians contracted hepatitis A from eating contaminated berries.The food safety regulator will coordinate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and.....
Greece: 15.2 tonnes of produce seized in Agios Rentis
A total of 15,222 kilos of fruit and vegetables were seized as a result of inspections carried out by the Food Quality, Plant and Veterinary Health Directorate of Piraeus at the central vegetable market of Agios Rentis.Quality and phytosanitary controls were conducted at 4 fruit and vegetable wholesalers,.....
Food labelling won’t stop HepA outbreaks
Calls for stricter food labelling requirements, and to buy local have been spread across the Australian media this week. The recall of Nanna’s 1kg raspberries and mixed berries, and Creative Gourmet 300g and 500g packs of frozen mixed berries, has sparked a flurry of news commentary about the potential for.....
NZ frozen berries free from disease
Frozen berries in New Zealand are free from Hepatitis A. New Zealand retailers have assured consumers that their berry products are safe from disease after a brand of frozen berries was recalled in Australia due to possible contamination.New Zealand Herald reports that a full national recall of Nanna’s.....
GMO plants reach area of 181.5 million acres worldwide
The cultivation of genetically modified plants has grown worldwide in 2014, reports the German website Proplanta.de. For the third time in a row the production in third world countries has exceeded that of industrialized countries, according to the report 'Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops:.....
Tampered potato investigation
Reward deadline extended
A $100,000 reward offered by the P.E.I. Potato Board for information leading to the arrests of the person or persons involving the deliberate insertion of sewing needles into potatoes has been extended to April 30.RCMP are investigating a second report of a foreign metal substance found in potatoes beelived.....
Indonesia: Some U.S. apples banned
Indonesia banned the import of two types of apples from California, the US, on Monday, as they allegedly contained harmful Listeria bacteria. The apples — Gala and Granny Smith — distributed by Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield’s packing house, have triggered a Listeria outbreak across 11 states in the US that.....
Listeria Recall: Frozen Fruit
Inventure Foods has issued a precautionary recall of its Rader Farms Fresh Start Smoothie Blend, Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion, and Fresh Start Daily Power Fusion because of a potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.....
Vietnam: US apple imports not contaminated
Nearly 90 percent of the US apples imported by Vietnam are sourced from the State of Washington, said the department.The US Embassy in Vietnam will continue providing information and working closely with relevant agencies for any possible contaminated apples to be recalled.Currently, the department is still.....
Hungary: 6,283 Euro in fines to fruit and veg distributors
This year's 5,045 winter seasonal food inspections in Hungary, conducted between 1 and 31 December 2014 across the country, have resulted in 69 warnings and 145 violations, for which a total of 68,422 Euro in fines have been imposed by the National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH).The purpose of the seasonal.....