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Officials warn of hepatitis A exposure from fruit cart in Lancaster, CA

The Los Angeles Department of Public Health warned consumers of a possible hepatitis A exposure after a street fruit cart vendor was found infected with the disease in Lancaster.Health officials believe the produce may have been contaminated by the worker who was infected at the time. The fruit cart was.....

Chinese berry supplier taken to court over Patties' hepatitis outbreak

The clean up from a hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries has landed in court, with Patties Foods seeking millions of dollars in compensation from the supplier that sourced the infected fruit from China.In a statement of claim filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Patties says Australian food.....

Australia: Lettuce link suggested in hepatitis A outbreak

An investigation has been launched after 12 cases of hepatitis A were confirmed in NSW in the past five weeks. The sufferers are being asked where they have eaten.The cases have been found to be similar to an ongoing outbreak infecting over a 1000 people in Europe that’s suspected to be associated with.....

Spain: Third outbreak of "Xylella fastidiosa" detected in Alicante

Valencia's Councillor of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development, Elena Cebrián, has reported on the detection of the third outbreak of "Xylella fastidiosa" in Alicante, affecting about twenty municipalities, in a meeting called for by the Valencian Federation of Municipalities and.....

Buy fresh foods online? Of course!

QS-inspection system is developing requirements for online trade

Online shopping is easy. The orders can be placed from the sofa or at the kitchen table - no bags need to be carried, no lines and no fixed store hours. More and more people order their groceries online, and first advances in large German cities, such as Amazon Fresh, show how much grocery shopping will change.....

USDA integrates recall information into ‘FoodKeeper’ app

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new updates to its FoodKeeper application that will provide users with new access to information on food safety recalls. The app has been updated so users can choose to receive automatic notifications when food safety recalls are announced by USDA’s Food Safety.....

Toxic fruit and veg given to millions of UK pupils by the government

Toxic chemicals have been found in fruit and veg given to millions of schoolchildren by the Government. Official tests revealed 84% of apples, bananas, carrots, pears, satsumas, tomatoes and raisins destined for four to six-year-olds contained residues of one or more pesticides.Two million kids get free fruit.....

FrischeSeminar on October 12th in Bonn

Germany: Safe import of organic goods from thrid countries with TRACES

Imports from third countries - whether of organic or conventional goods - are always a challenge for the fruit trade. New requirements for quality assurance will be in place from mid October 2017, when the electronic EU-system TRACES will have to be used for organic goods. TRACES is short for "Trade Control.....

Fresh-cut pineapple cups in Canada test positive for Hepatitis A

Consumers in Alberta, British Columbia who bought ready-to-go pineapple cups from the Western Family brand recently are being advised by Alberta Health Services to check the date of production after the hepatitus A virus was found in a sample produced Aug. 12.The fruit cups may have been sold starting Aug. 12.....

Growers urged to comply with HARPS for harmonised food safety

AUSVEG is calling all direct suppliers to Australia’s major retailers, including growers, to ensure they comply with the new Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS) before the deadline of 1 January 2018.The call to action comes as the deadline approaches and to help growers along with the wider.....

Uganda to host conference on food safety

Uganda is set to host a four-day international conference on food safety, focusing on standards for some of the country’s most important horticultural exports.The Codex International Meeting will attract over 200 delegates to Kampala to discuss standards for fresh fruits and vegetables including garlic, egg.....

US: Organic cherry product recalled after possible listeria contamination

Out of an abundance of caution, SunOpta Inc’s subsidiary, Sunrise Growers, has issued a voluntary recall of certain frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.Lysteria monocytogenes is a bacterium which can cause serious and sometimes.....