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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.....

TOMRA helps food manufacturers lower danger of lethal food toxin

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world, behind only heart disease, and rising mortality rates make it a significant public health threat. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that almost nine million people a year die as a result of cancer, with one of the most common forms of the.....

Contamination risk grows as people eat more fresh produce

As people include more fresh produce into their diets each year contamination of fresh produce is emerging as a major food safety challenge, Lincoln toxicology Prof Ravi Gooneratne says.While it is generally processed ready-to-eat and cold-stored meat and dairy products that are considered high-risk foods for.....

Hong Kong imports of Canadian asparagus found to be contaminated

Update, Wednesday 12:00 pm PSTAccording to Ken Wall, Chairman of the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario, it is highly doubtful that the asparagus referred to in this article is of Canadian origin. "The Canadian industry is highly concentrated in the southern Ontario region. This is the only region in Canada that is.....

Horton Fruit issues recall after listeria contamination

A Lousiville food company, Horton Fruit has issued a recall in several US states on two of their packaged spinach products after a possible listeria contamination was found.The recalled products include 10 ounce and 2.5 ounce bags of Fresh Curly Leaf PEAK brand spinach and its Harris Teeter Farmer's Market.....

Argentina: 60% of the fruit & veg in Buenos Aires has agrochemicals

For the first time, an agency of the national State certifies what is an open secret between producers and environmentalists. According to official reports, 60% of the food that arrives in the Central Market of Buenos Aires has agrochemical residues. "We suspect that many markets in the country have these.....

Russia: Nearly 600 tonnes of produce detained by Novosibirsk in April

Inspectors of the Rosselkhoznadzor of the Novosibirsk region have reported their figures for April. This month, 584 tonnes of fruits and vegetables from the republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan were detained at the border of the region. These were intended for sale in Novosibirsk and its.....

Norway: Domestic and imported berries tested for pesticides and pathogens

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority controls pesticide residues in food annually. The Pesticide Residue Report 2012-2015 compiles and looks at the results of analyses for pesticide residues in Norwegian and imported berries.During this period, 470 samples of berries were analysed for pesticide residues. 288.....

Dole settles two lawsuits over 2016 Listeria outbreak

The Dayton Daily News has reported that Monterey, CA-based Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. has reached separate undisclosed settlements with two of the parties claiming injuries in the Listeria outbreak which shutdown the Ohio Dole Fresh Vegetables salad processing facillity for three months back in 2016.The.....