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AU: Apples, grape, strawberries could soon be treated with radiation
Apples, grapes, strawberries and other popular fruits could soon be treated with radiation before lobbing on shelves.The nation’s food watchdog has recommended allowing apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, honeydew, rockmelon, strawberries, table grapes, zucchini and squash to be zapped.....
Dole recalls bagged spinach due to possible contamination by walnuts
Although no illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported, Dole Fresh Vegetables is initiating a limited voluntary recall of the following products:PRODUCT NAME BAG CODE BEST-BY DATEDOLE Baby Spinach 6 oz bag B2311020 9/4/2014UPC 071430009642 B2311021 9/4/2014 B2311022 9/4/2014 B2311023 9/4/2014 DOLE.....
European project LIFE+SU.SA.FRUIT launched in Zagreb July
Italy and Croatia united to reduce pesticides in fruit production
The EC has just funded a project to develop, apply and demonstrate an economically viable strategic plan to implement integrated pest management (IPM) by promoting a low use of chemicals in field and post-harvest fruit production practices in typical Croatian and Italian agro-ecosystems. The project aims to.....
St Petersburg: Moroccan potatoes with moth larvae
During the inspection of the load of potatoes from Morocco, Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service detected live insect larvae, similar to the potato tuber moth larvae. According to the analysis results received by Leningrad Veterinary Laboratory, the contamination with quarantine pest - potato.....
USDA schedules Codex meetings on import/export inspection, certification
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service is convening a September 25, 2014, public meeting in Washington, D.C., to receive public comments about draft positions to be discussed at the 21st Session of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and.....
Russia: Load of contaminated plums from Serbia detained
A quarantine pest – San Jose scale – was detected in a load of plums imported into Russia, August 13, 2014, country of origin – Serbia. It is the third detection of San Jose scales in plums imported into Murmansk from the beginning of the year. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, this quarantine pest was never detected.....
Florida Firm recalls avocados for potential salmonella contamination
Brooks Tropicals LLC of Homestead, FL, is recalling 401 boxes of fresh green-skin avocados with a single Lot # 2610 because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been associated with this recall, but the company said that it was being initiated as a precaution.The potential for.....
Fresh Food Safety Centre launched to counter disease risks
A new fresh food safety centre has been set up in Sydney, after outbreaks in recent years killed consumers overseas and shut down whole sectors of the horticultural industry.The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Ltd is an industry-led, not-for-profit company funded by the Produce Marketing Association.....
US: AFDO to develop food allergen control guidance for retail, foodservice outlets
The Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) has assembled an Ad-hoc Committee that has been charged with developing a guidance document for controlling food allergens in retail food and food service establishments. Volunteers from federal and state government, the retail food industry, industry trade.....
NZ: Genetic engineering debate rises again
Fifteen years ago, New Zealanders turned out in force to protest genetically engineered food but it has snuck onto our supermarket shelves regardless. Rebecca Reider reports.The GE-free movement was one of the great activist successes in New Zealand history. In 1999, 20,000 people marched down Queen Street,.....
Codiagro expands range of residue-free plant protection products for grapes
Grapes are a very sensitive crop to fungal plant diseases, which usually require fungicides to prevent high losses in production volumes.After long years of research, Codiagro has created a range of products that prevent the use of fungicides and, therefore, the residues they generate. These residues can.....
The EU authorises Laminarin for use in Organic Protection
With the publication of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 354/2013 on 9 April, the European Commission approved the use of the active substance Laminarin as a biocide. It is a polysaccharide extracted from the seaweed Laminaria digitata whose manipulation meets the rules set by the Organic.....
Europe: High standards for QS laboratory approval
In the most recent test, whether the laboratories had overcome the difficulties they had in analysing certain active substances in previous tests was specifically checked. A particular active substance mixture was prepared for this purpose. The potato prepared as the optimum matrix turned out to be the.....
California fruit recall keeps expanding
As food recalls go, the recent stonefruit recall from California-based Wawona Packing Company is arguably both better and worse than most: better in that there have been no confirmed reports of people getting sick from contaminated food, worse in that the scope of the recall keeps growing.On July 19, the FDA.....