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Spain: Destruction of Valencian trees affected by Xylella fastidiosa

Technicians from the Regional Council of Agriculture of the Government of Valencia started Monday with the destruction of trees and plant material hosting the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa within a radius of 100 metres of a plantation in Guadalest. It is the first time that the bacterium has been detected in.....

High fines for Hong Kong pesticide violations

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced that a cucumber sample was found to contain pesticide residues at a level exceeding the legal limit. The CFS is following up on the case.A CFS spokesman said, "The CFS collected the cucumber sample at import level for.....

FDA found salmonella in nearly 4% of pepper samples amid 2016 outbreak

Federal officials this week released the first reports on a Salmonella outbreak in 2016 that sickened more than 30 people across nine states and was traced to fresh hot peppers.The outbreak hit people from Texas to Minnesota, causing the hospitalization of at least eight out of 32 confirmed victims, according.....

Report finds loopholes in Malta fruit & veg pesticide testing

A new report issued by the National Audit Office in the UK revealed loopholes in the testing and monitoring system, finding that the 10 most consumed products were not tested for pesticide residues by the directorate in 2014-2016, including watermelons, sugar melons and vegetable marrows.Oranges, carrots,.....

Combined processes with combi-protec generally approved

Innovative combat against Cherry-Vinegar-Fly

Combi-protec, a new product for fruit and wine producers to reduce their use of pesticides by up to 97%, has been approved. Residues after usage are only 1-10% of the allowed maximum. One liter combi-protec is combined with approximately 3% of the regular insecticide quantities and spread with around 20 liters.....

NZ farm forced to dump $240,000 of kiwi after suspected poisoning

A Northland kiwifruit orchard has had to dump about $240,000 worth of produce following what police suspect was a deliberate poisoning. Two orchard sites in Kerikeri were sprayed with Calypso, an insecticide used on fruit crops to pests back in March or April 2016, police said.As a result, about 30,000 trays.....