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Online Food Safety program launched
On Monday, the University of Guelph’s Department of Food Science launched an online food safety training program for food industry professionals.The university said the program is designed specifically for professionals and staff working in food safety, quality assurance, production and management. The first.....
Sprout farmer stops operations after safety violations
A Maui-based sprout grower agreed to cease operations after numerous food safety violations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced.William H. Oshiro, sole proprietor of RZM Food Factory in Makawao, agreed to stop processing and distributing food products until his company is in compliance.....
Europe: Very high level of compliance with MRLs
Food in Europe is among the safest in the world - key findings of the latest EFSA Annual Pesticide Residues Report. The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) latest Annual Report on Pesticide Residues contains findings from tests carried out in 2012 on nearly 79,000 samples and found that overall98.3% of.....
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Recall for fresh cut fruit containing Gala apple
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. announced today the voluntary recall of fresh cut fruit containing Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania. The affected product was distributed to a limited number of customers in a few States in North East US and is being recalled because these apples have the potential to.....
Israel: New pesticide regulations
The Knesset Health Committee, headed by MK Haim Katz (Likud), has approved the new regulations that will considerably reduce the amount of pesticides permitted in food, vegetables, fruits and agricultural products.The prohibition will affect hazardous substances used today in pesticides, including Krbmtim.....
Czech Republic: Inspections reveal irregularities
The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) found heavy metals and pesticides in vegetables imported from Poland. Excessive amounts of lead and cadmium were detected in carrots, as well as pesticides in tomatoes and cucumbers. Violations of varietal uniformity regulations were also detected.....
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.....