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Salmonella outbreak in NE linked to bean sprouts from Brooklyn company
New Hampshire health officials say four residents have been affected by a Salmonella outbreak in the Northeast linked to bean sprouts from a Brooklyn company.The state Department of Health and Human Services said Saturday that the bean sprouts were consumed in restaurants.So far 63 people have become sick in.....
Brazilian vegetables strongly contaminated with crop protection agents
Brazilian vegetables are far more contaminated with crop protection agent residue than previously thought. According to research from the Brazilian health organisation Anvisa a quarter of the vegetables has too high a concentration of crop protection agents or other substances not permitted on the vegetable.....
Greenhouse crops present higher pesticide levels
Researchers of Chemosphere Journal published a study this week which reveals that crops grown in greenhouses and poly-tunnels had higher levels of pesticides, twice as much as those of open field crops.Data on pesticide content were analysed in foods taken from various points in the food chain, and the.....
Biological agent that fights apple scab may soon be available
Apple scab, caused by the Venturia inaequalis fungus, is, economically speaking, the most damaging disease in apple production worldwide. In order to fight against apple scab, repeated chemical fungicides must be administered in the spring and summer. Over the past two years H39, a potential antagonist based.....
Vietnam: Food safety, quality pay export dividends
Food safety and quality were necessary for achieving sustainable agriculture growth, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh at an annual food safety forum held in Ha Noi on Wednesday.Figures were produced at the forum, organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural.....
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Taiwan: Retail firm used bleach to ‘cure’ bean sprouts
A vegetable retail firm in Greater Taichung, which has been selling bean sprouts for more than six decades, has allegedly been using industrial-grade bleach since last year to “cure” his bean sprouts so they appear whiter and are less prone to rot, Taichung police said yesterday. The retailer allegedly sold.....
Spain blocks 22,000 kilos of Chinese dried peppers
A shipment of 22,000 kilos of dried peppers from China has been blocked at the port of Valencia after detecting that a part of the load was affected by mould.Although the labourers' representatives have requested an in-depth analysis, given that they may contain a carcinogenic mycotoxin, in principle the.....
Lebanon: Eco Industries deploying new technologies to solve polluted veggie problem
With vegetables in Lebanon known to be grown in sometimes suspect conditions, the average vegetable buyer can only guess what toxins that gleaming cucumber or tomato on the store shelf may have been exposed to — from the use of dirty water for irrigation to growing in polluted lands. To solve the problem of.....
Kenya: Traders using chemicals to ripen bananas
Back in March, it was reported that traders dealing in bulk commodities in the Gikomba, Kongowea and Marikiti markets were lacing fruits such as bananas, mangoes and oranges with chemicals, to quicken the ripening process. In a bid to make quick sales, the traders mix the chemical with water and dip the.....
Italian fruit and vegetables have become safer
Over the last ten years, the content of pesticides in Italian fruit and vegetables has decreased from 5.6% to 0.5%.The levels of pesticides were significantly lowered in 2011. However, celery, tomatoes and citrus fruit can sometimes contain pesticide residues more often than other fruit or vegetables. The.....
Quarantine products from Moldova arrive in Russia
On 2 November 2014, at the international checkpoint Krupets, inspectors of Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service in Orel and Kursk regions detected a quarantine pest. Golden potato cyst nematode was found in a load of potatoes, weighing 20.95 MT. The products were grown in Moldova and intended.....
Minister happy with outbreak response
Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew says she is satisfied with the way the Ministry for Primary Industries handled the recent outbreak of a severe gastro bug.About 170 people contracted Yersinia pseudotuberculosis in September and October from what is thought to be bagged lettuce and carrots, and 72 people.....
US: Whole Foods raw almonds recalled for high levels of natural chemical
Marin Food Specialties, Inc. of Byron, CA, is voluntarily recalling Organic Raw Almonds (bitter almonds) sold at Whole Foods Markets due to potentially elevated levels of the natural chemical hydrogen cyanide, according to laboratory test results.The almonds were labelled as “Whole Foods Market Organic Raw.....
‘Disease detectives’ trace last year’s hepatitis A outbreak to Turkish pomegranates
A mysterious outbreak last year of a foreign strain of hepatitis A set in motion a federal government investigation that led food-safety sleuths halfway around the world to Turkey.There, in a pomegranate grove, the detective work paid off: Investigators found the likely culprit of a widespread foodborne.....