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US: Frozen veg recalled over listeria risk
A voluntary recall of fifteen frozen organic vegetable products, distributed to retailers in at least 35 states and four Canadian provinces, has been announced after a test in Ohio found listeria, reported the FDA on Saturday 23 April. The recall affects packages of frozen vegetables distributed between.....
Spain: Alternative to chemical fungicides in grapes
Researchers of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the Institute for Research and Technology (IRTA) of the Government of Catalonia have obtained a new formulation in the form of granules dispersible in water (WG) for the biological control of cultivars like grapes, as an alternative to chemical.....
José Antonio García, director of AILIMPO:
"Black Spot issue solved when South Africa closes campaign without detections"
Last week, the European Commission surprised the Spanish citrus sector with the publication of the latest update of the phytosanitary control regulations regarding Black Spot on citrus imports from South Africa, which will come into force this summer.The new regulation will allow the entry of citrus.....
Fytosave, of Lida Plant Research, will be launched soon
Powdery mildew can already be treated without chemicals
How you can you prevent plant diseases such as powdery mildew without making use of chemical treatments? The Valencian company Lida Plant Research has reportedly found the formula to prevent diseases and prevent having to fight them.With over 28 years' experience in the supply of solutions and products to.....
Spain: Copa-Gogeca criticises EC approach against black spot
Copa-Cogeca has strongly criticised the new proposal from the European Commission to relax the controls on imports intended to prevent the entry of Citrus Black Spot (CBS) into Europe. The organizations have warned that this is completely unacceptable, since more than 100 cases of highly contagious diseases.....
New antifungal product to reduce topfruit losses up to 70%
This Wednesday, Syngenta has officially presented the Geoxe technology, a treatment designed to be applied in the field, a few days before the harvest, which helps protect the quality of the fruit and can reduce up to 70% of the losses in apples and pears.This new pre-harvest protection technology for.....
EFSA identifies major food safety issues
A study carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has identified 28 key issues for future research in the field of food safety. The 28 subjects are grouped into five categories: chemical, microbiological, environmental, nutritional and overall. Top Topics in the different categories include.....
Possible listeria contamination
Apple products recalled in Texas
Products containing sliced red apples are being recalled by Fresh from Texas of San Antonio because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The product was sold by H-E-B stores in Texas. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria,.....
US: FDA recalls frozen broccoli over listeria
Frozen broccoli cuts, sold in 11 US states under the Save-A-Lot label of Wylwood have been recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to a fear of listeria, found during a random test of the vegetables in Ohio.Alimentos Congelados, S.A. announced a voluntary recall of 1,800 cases of frozen.....
Spain: Possible cases of stemphylium leaf blight in garlic
The Agricultural Service of the Council of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development of Castile-La Mancha has warned producers in the region about possible cases of stemphylium leaf blight, a disease caused by the fungusStemphylim vesicarium,in early plantings of garlic.This disease produces oval and.....
US: Veg mix recalled over E. coli in Costco salad
A vegetable mix, which is thought to be the source of E. coli in Costco chicken salad, has been recalled. The FDA said a farm in California recalled the celery and onion mix used in the chicken salad, that has been linked to an E.coli outbreak which has sickened 19 people in seven states.The retailer has a.....
Presence of HLB in south Portugal ruled out
The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) has released a report which rules out the presence of the bacterial agentCandidatus liberibacter asiaticus, one of the causes of the citrus greening disease, or HLB, in southern Portugal, as reported by Asaja-Huelva.After conducting an.....
Tianjin destroyed imported fruits from Spain
On March 15, personnel from Tianjinn Inspection and Quarantine Bureau destroyed a batch of imported fruits from Spain. This batch of fruits includes more than 2,000 boxes of fresh lemon and oranges, a total of over 20 tons, worth 14,000 Euro. It is known that this is the first entry of imported fruits.....
Avocado growers get jump on FSMA ahead of season
With California avocado harvesting underway, hundreds of California avocado growers gathered to learn about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and implications for the industry growing and harvesting practices. California Avocado Commission (CAC) and avocado handler representatives summarized FSMA and.....