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Turkish peppers with residues destroyed at Bulgarian border
Turkish producers once again exported peppers to the European Union that did not meet the EU's phytosanitary requirements. Last Thursday, Bulgaria blocked and destroyed a shipment of Turkish peppers for this reason.The pepper batch in question contained, according to analyses conducted on 17 April, 2.55.....
Canadian food inspection agency
No detectable pathogens for 99.9% of leafy green vegetables tested
As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a survey released today found that more than 99.9 per cent of leafy green vegetable samples had no detectable levels of bacterial pathogens and were safe to consume.As part of a five-year microbiological plan.....
HLB affects 30% of Hondura's citrus crops
30% of Hondura's citrus crops nationwide have been affected by the pest known as Huanglongbing (HLB), which could lead to drastic reductions in production and export volumes if no measures are taken to control the disease.The most affected area at the moment is Sonaguera, Colón. Experts warned that if the.....
Spain demands stricter phytosanitary controls on imports
FEPEX asked the Spanish MEPs to support amendments 76-85 in the European Parliament, so that a so-called reverse strategy, that allows for stricter phytosanitary controls on imports, could be adopted. This would entail adopting similar policies to those enforced by the countries most involved in the.....
China: Imported food will soon have "Black List" warnings
Regulations on imported foods will now be stricter. The National Quality Inspection Bureau released yesterday the "Rules of Imported Food Record Management". This will serve as a guideline for imported goods. Importers who do not follow the rules will be recorded and given warnings. Control measures will.....
Spain: Invader flies threaten Canarian crops
The Invader fly (Bactrocera invadens) is native to Southeast Asia and in recent years has rapidly spread throughout most of the African continent. The pest is not found in the Canary Islands.This fly is highly invasive, polyphagous and has a high reproductive power. More than 80 plant species are attacked by.....
Spain: "New Delhi not only threat to melons and watermelons"
The Almerian manufacturer of liquid manure and agricultural nutrients, Nutrientes Alvi, analysed the possible incidents melon and watermelon growers may have to face until the end of the spring campaign. While all eyes are on the New Delhi virus due to its damaging effects on cucurbit crops, like courgettes,.....
To deal with banana pest
Spain: Basis for new biopesticide developed
The mothChrysodeixis chalcites is regarded as one of the worst pests affecting horticultural and ornamental crops. Its larvae feed on numerous plant species, including banana trees in the Canary Islands, where they can damage up to 30% of the total harvest volumes.In her doctoral dissertation, presented at.....
Phage 'cocktail' wipes out 99% of E. coli in spinach
Treating food products with select bacteriophages - viruses that target and kill bacteria - could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli, a Purdue University study shows.An injection of bacteriophages - also known informally as "phages" - nearly eradicated a toxin-producing strain of E. coli in.....
28 cases of hepatitis A infection reported in Norway
A total of 28 cases of hepatitis A infection have been reported over the last few months in Norway, where this disease is said to be rare, the Norwegian news Agency NTB reported Saturday, quoting public health officials.In almost half of the cases, the patients were found to have been infected with hepatitis.....
Fruit & veg failing to pass residue inspection, falls further
The amount of fruit and vegetables failing to pass inspection due to high pesticide residue has again fallen, report German website Taspo.de. According to research carried out by the 'German Fruit Trade Association (DFHV) and the QS professional society for fruit, vegetables and potatoes GmbH' (QS), around.....
GlobalG.A.P's IFA standard prioritises microbial risk control
At thethe GlobalG.A.P News Conference during Fruit Logistica 2014, members announced that one of the most important parts of the renewed version of their Integrated Farm Assurance Standard, would be the strengthening of risk control for fruit and vegetables. This can be read on the German website.....
EFSA -ECDC report:
Antimicrobial resistance remains commonly detected in bacteria in humans, animals and food
Bacteria most frequently causing food-borne infections, such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, show significant resistance to common antimicrobials, according to the EFSA-ECDC European Union Summary Report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food in 2012......
Colombia: Avocados in Montes de María affected by disease
The Colombian Agricultural Institute announced the results of the avocado census conducted on 2,169 plots of land in Montes de María, with the goal of identifying the extent to which the crop has been affected by avocado root rot. The entity managed to ascertain that there are approximately 621,687.....