Food safety

Potential Salmonella/Listeria contamination

US salad recall includes Whole Foods 365 brand

A California-based grocery chain is recalling almost half a ton of ready-to-eat salads, including the 365 brand sold by Whole Foods, because they contain corn from a third-party supplier that is under recall for potential contamination from Salmonella and Listeria bacteria. GH Foods CA LLC of Sacramento initiated the…

EU agencies practice response to multi-country foodborne outbreak

Five European food safety agencies have met to practice their response to an emergency food safety incident. The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) of Germany, Economic…

Kuwait: Halting food imports from Iraq over cholera fears

Kuwait has halted all foodstuff imports from Iraq, after reports of cholera in Basra and other parts of the country seemed to come more frequently. The Iraqi ambassador to Kuwait has filed…

US: Trader Joe’s salads & Mary’s Harvest wraps recalled

Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc. is recalling its branded wrap sandwiches and Trader Joe’s brand salads because they include corn from a third-party supplier that might be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Several other companies have posted recalls this week citing a potentially contaminated corn…

Kazakhstan bans import of 20 tons of Kyrgyzstan grapes

From October 10 to 12, quarantine inspectors of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan have foiled 29 attempts to illegally send 165.5 tons of products of a high…

Queensland police scale back Australian strawberry investigations

“A lead investigator is coordinating the ongoing QPS investigation with the support of a number of officers attached to the Drug and Serious Crime Group within State Crime Command,” the QPS said in a statement. Which means the investigations have been scaled back to quite an extent. The Queensland Police Service remains…

Austrian Hepatitis 'A' cases match strains of Swedish outbreak

Austria has become part of a multi-country Hepatitis A outbreak with 31 confirmed cases linked to frozen strawberries imported from Poland. The Austrian outbreak of hepatitis A virus…

Health citations in Houston restaurants: “Roaches in bags of onions”

As Health Inspectors found food debris and improperly stored food at several other restaurants during an inspection tour from October 8 to 15, at least two Houston restaurants…

Risk of Listeria and Salmonella

Prime Deli Corp. recalls 7-Eleven salads

Prime Deli Corp. of Lewisville, Texas, which prepares food for 7-Eleven stores, is recalling more than 200 pounds of ready-to-eat salads because of potential contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Prime Deli produced the salads on October 13th. The salads have the “best-by” date of Oct.…

US: FDA investigates more Cyclospora outbreaks

Although Cyclospora outbreaks in the US happen less frequently than those caused by typical pathogens like E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria, the recent salad mix outbreaks…

South Goa district

India: Artificially colored green peas sold in Margao market

Even as the government has proposed to form a South Goa branch of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to counter the use of formalin in fish, vegetables and legumes, some Margao residents are finding green peas mixed with a coloring agent sold in the market. According to three residents from the city of Margao,…

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report

US: New numbers on foodborne illness outbreaks

In 2016, 839 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported to CDC, according to a recently released annual summary from the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS). The data come from reports that state, local, and territorial public health agencies submitted to the Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance…

New study:

Africa: Irrigating vegetables with wastewater may spread disease

Urban farmers growing vegetables to feed the millions of people in Africa's ever-growing cities could unwittingly be helping to spread disease by irrigating crops with wastewater, a new study reveals. Experts discovered that wastewater collected from canals used for urban agriculture in Burkina Faso was rich in…

Traders claim it's a hoax

Malaysia: Viral message warns of needle found in banana in Penang

A text message about a needle that was allegedly found in a banana in Penang has gone viral. The WhatsApp message, made by a woman speaking in the Hokkien dialect, warned…

Australian rockmelon listeria investigation:

'Outbreak that killed seven was largely caused by dust storms'

An investigation into a series of deaths linked to listeria on rockmelons has concluded the contaminated fruit came from a single farm in New South Wales, and the outbreak was largely caused by the weather. Between January 16 and April 10 of this year, 22 cases of listeriosis occurred across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland…

NAFDAC Nigeria warns:

“Consumption of rotten tomatoes causes cancer”

This weekend, the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), warned its countrymen against the consumption of rotten tomatoes, claiming…

Michel Witmer:

“I’m surprised by the number of recalls”

Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, incorrect labels: in recent months, the number of recalls has been considerably higher than in previous years. Michel Witmer of Groen Agro Control is surprised by this. “How is it possible these things still happen?” he wonders. As a product manager of food, he sees a…

Lessons learnt after deadly E. Coli outbreak

California growers change safety practices

A group that oversees food safety programs for big California lettuce growers has changed its protocols in the wake of an E. coli outbreak last spring which caused five deaths…

Latin-American, Caribbean, USDA experts discuss future of food safety

Food Safety News reported on a meeting of experts from 14 Latin American and Caribbean countries, discussing food safety ahead of the upcoming Codex Alimentarius meetings. Mary Frances Lowe, manager for Codex Alimentarius at the USDA said countries need to participate to achieve future collaboration, ensure integrated decision-making…

Official bodies ensuring that recalled lettuce not allowed back in Malaysia

Malaysia will monitor all checkpoints to ensure exported vegetables pulled off the shelves in Singapore are not allowed back into the local market. The Agriculture and…

Possible Listeria contamination

Sobeys packaged vegetable products recalled

Various Sobeys brand packaged vegetables products are being recalled in the Maritimes due to possible Listeria contamination. The Canadian Food and Inspection Agency says the recall includes 19 different Sobeys vegetable products sold in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The agency says the products…

Chemical residue warning on fruit and vegetables Thailand

A medical researcher at a leading Thai university has warned that some fruit and vegetables in Thailand contain high levels of pesticides. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives have singled out six items containing high levels of chemical residue. The Ministry of Health and the…

Singapore recalls Malaysian iceberg lettuce over pesticide content

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has issued a recall for iceberg lettuce after it detected high levels of pesticide in the vegetable imported from a Malaysian farm. In a press release on October 4, the AVA said that the product is imported by Go Fresh Impex, and is sold at NTUC…

'Fruzio premium mixed berries'

Frozen berries recalled because of foreign matter, says New Zealand Ministry

A brand of frozen mixed berries has been recalled because of "foreign matter", namely metal, found in the product. The Ministry for Primary Industries said Nelson-based FSL…

Fresh Produce Safety Conference

Listeria in fresh produce: Are we any the wiser?

‘The role of food safety staff must go beyond compliance and keeping the regulatory guys happy,’ said Suresh DeCosta, Director of Food Safety, Lipman Family Farms (USA) and…

Food safety conference delivers key learnings to the fresh produce industry

The theme of this year’s Fresh Produce Safety Conference, hosted by the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand in Sydney last week was ‘Food Safety: It’s Your…

Listeria fears

Spinach recalled from Lidl, Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Tesco and Supervalu

Spinach is being recalled from Lidl, Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Tesco and Supervalu over listeria fears. A recall was announced this morning urging customers who purchased the affected products to return them to the store. The affected products were on shelves in Lidl, Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Tesco and Supervalu. Retailers are advising customers to…

Twiga Foods

New Kenyan initiative: Fruits & vegetables to be tested for pesticides

A local, Kenyan food company has launched a Sh23 million (€197.000) initiative to test fruits and vegetables sourced from farmers for pesticide residues in an attempt to…

Fighting against strawberry needle crisis

Aussie brewers turning strawberries into beer

More than 100 cases of fruit contamination have been reported with incidents of needles and other objects being found in strawberries across Australia. But now, Australian…

Australian PM outlines tighter export control due to contaminated fruit scare

Thursday, PM Scott Morrison said that Australian shoppers need to back farmers besieged by the contaminated fruit scare. The statement came as it had become clear that  Singapore's…

Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service

Why Nigeria’s agri produce still has export problems

Against the backdrop of EU sanctions on Nigerian beans for not meeting EU standards, Dr Vincent Isegbe, Coordinating Director, Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS),…

Major fresh produce traceability project launches in New Zealand

United Fresh is spearheading a major project, led by New Zealand, reviewing traceability systems in the produce sector following the Australian strawberry tampering scandal.…

Russian officials to check apple storages in Belarus and Serbia

Due to phytosanitary problems with products from the republics of Belarus and Serbia, Russian watchdog ‘Rosselkhoznadzor’ decided to inspect the process of storing apples in these two countries. "On the eve of the end the apple harvest, in order to avoid products with an unclear phytosanitary status entering the Russian…

Needle found in Australian strawberries sold in New Zealand

The Australian strawberry scare has spread to New Zealand with a supermarket chain announcing Sunday that needles were found in a box of the fruit sourced from the neighbouring country. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves after a sabotaged…

Kenya: Twiga Foods initiative to test produce

Agricultural supply platform Twiga Foods has announced plans to set up facilities to test fruits and vegetables for pesticide residues. Under the Sh23 million (€194) plan,…

Listeria risk: Belleisle Foods initiates recall of coleslaw

Canadian firm Belleisle Foods is recalling its coleslaw because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Belleisle Foods Ltd. distributed the coleslaw in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, according to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency…

Traces of Listeria and Salmonella found

Tesco, Lidl and Asda food recalls

The Food Standards Agency has added more items to its food recall list after Listeria and Salmonella were found in a number of products. The update comes after Asda, Lidl and Tesco had to recall a number of products after they were found to pose a health risk to consumers. Affected shoppers are being urged not to eat the…

US officials probe Cyclospora spike

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that 2,173 lab-confirmed domestically acquired Cyclospora cases in 33 states were reported from May through August. This was markedly higher than the past two years, and that some of the illnesses reflect restaurant clusters linked to contaminated basil and…

Potato virus detected in Canterbury

Biosecurity New Zealand is working with Potatoes New Zealand to respond to a detection of Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) in potato tubers in Canterbury. Incident controller, David Yard, says…

Young boy arrested by police

Australia's strawberry needle scare spurs proposal for 15-year jail term

Police in Australia have arrested a young boy who admitted to inserting needles into strawberries as part of an apparent prank. New South Wales Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Stuart Smith would not release further details. "Obviously in the last few days we found a young person that admitted to playing a prank,…

FDA releases statement on ongoing efforts to prevent Cyclospora outbreaks

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., made a statement regarding the FDA's ongoing efforts to prevent foodborne outbreaks of Cyclospora. His statement can be read below: "The safety of…

Arizona LGMA updates food safety practices for the upcoming growing season

The Arizona LGMA (Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement) is entering its upcoming growing season with improved food safety practices in light of the E. coli outbreak earlier this…

Queensland strawberry industry calls for calm in wake of tampering issue

The Queensland strawberry industry is calling for calm and common sense in the aftermath of the tampering crisis as overblown media feeds a nationwide scare. Queensland Strawberry Industry Officer Jennifer Rowling said that while the industry is absolutely committed to consumer safety, mishandling of the issue by…

Zimbabwe disperses fruit vendors to fight cholera outbreak

Last Sunday, Zimbabwe police clashed with vendors who were resisting being removed from streets as part of the country’s efforts to fight the cholera outbreak, which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the past two weeks. Before, vendors in Harare were alerting each other of armed riot police and municipality officials coming…

Strawberry sabotage in Australia has widespread consequences

The devastating impact of Australia’s strawberry sabotage story has been revealed as growers are forced to throw out truckloads of perfectly good fruit. Stephanie Cheans shared a video of mountains of her plump berries produced by her family’s business, Donnybrook Berries, that would be left to rot. Ms Cheans said watching the…

CDC: Parasitic outbreak, traced to McDonald’s salad, is over

The FDA reports that advances in testing helped investigators during an outbreak of cyclospora infections this summer. More than 500 people were confirmed infected, but the outbreak is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   Outbreak investigations at state and federal levels showed a link between McDonald’s salads and…

Premier Palaszczuk put up a $100,000 reward for information

Foodstuffs and Woolworths NZ halt all Australian strawberry distribution

Last week, sewing needles were found in punnets of strawberries purchased in five states or territories - the latest in Tasmania. Australian police believe a disgruntled farm worker is to blame for the cases in Queensland, but said copycats may be responsible in other states.           Foodstuffs said it was confident there was no product in its stores that have been affected by the Australian action. But the company said for added reassurance it elected…

US: Rat lungworm infection linked to raw vegetables

In the continental United States, twelve cases of human infection with Angiostrongylus cantonensis , otherwise known as rat lungworm, have been identified. According to study results from the CDC, possible sources include raw vegetables from local gardens. “Ingestion of snails or slugs containing rat lungworm larvae can…

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Malta: Consumer warning against mushroom product

In accordance with the Food Safety Act and Regulation, the Environmental Health Directorate has informed the public that according to information received from the involved company, and later through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, the following product must not be consumed. There is a…

Turkey: Russia returns peaches & nectarines due to food safety issues

The Russian Agricultural Products Inspection Agency Rosselhoznadzor reported that 57,000 tons of peaches and nectarines were sent back to the Turkey due to a fungus.  According to the inspectors of the agency, these products, which were to be imported from Turkey, were to found to have 'monilinia fructicola'…

Pakistani street vendor spray painting grapes

A tourist is warning other holidaymakers to take care when buying fruit in Pakistan after she spotted a street vendor spray painting green grapes red. Layla Khan from Birmingham, was visiting family in Afzalpur, Pakistan, when her aunt became sick after eating some grapes. When Khan and her cousin went…

Australia: Strawberries found with sewing needles inside

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association suspects a disgruntled ex-employee was behind the sewing needles found in a number of strawberries sold by Woolworths. In a statement, the association said it had "reason to suspect" it was a former employee and was waiting on more information from Queensland…

Egypt lifts ban on South African fruit and veg imports

The temporary suspension on South African agricultural imports has been lifted, according to a statement released by the Egyptian embassy in Pretoria on Monday. The decision to lift the ban on South African fruit and vegetable imports comes one week after the South African government announced that the…

Alfalfa recalled after salmonella outbreak South Australia

South Australians have been warned against eating alfalfa sprouts from an Adelaide business after salmonella poisoning made eight people ill within a month. A range of products from Sunshine Sprouts have been recalled after eight people contracted salmonella in the past month, the state’s health…

Parasitic outbreak in US associated with Del Monte is over

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis that started June 15 and was linked to Del Monte Fresh Produce Vegetable Trays appears to be over. Cyclosporiasis is a disease caused by infection with microscopic parasite…

Dozens of illnesses reported

US: Kansas church dinner - tomatoes and Salmonella

Kansas health officials say tomatoes served at a church dinner tested positive for Salmonella Newport and are the likely the cause of dozens of reported illnesses. At least 14…

"Cristóbal Aguado: "It is a cosmetic operation and the EC is an accomplice"

South Africa and Argentina suspend part of citrus shipments to the EU

The South African citrus sector has informed the European Commission that it will voluntarily suspend part of their citrus exports to Europe as of September 22 due to the risk of spreading the Black Spot disease to the European producing countries. The African country will stop shipping Valencia Late…

Among others: Lidl, Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's

UK: Products urgently recalled due to safety fears

Customers should really check their cupboards. At this time, five frozen products are being pulled from shelves over concerns that they might contain a potentially fatal…

Agriculture Ministry statement:

‘White substance in Egyptian tomatoes is harmless’

Last Tuesday, Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation refuted reports that the white substance recently found in some tomatoes was poisonous. Through the national…

Monco Produce Inc. - Toronto

Canada: Fresh lychee fruit recalled over undeclared sulphites

Toronto firm Monco Produce Inc. is recalling fresh lychee fruit from the marketplace because they contain sulphites not declared on the label. The recall covers fresh lychee…

FDA documents first Cyclospora contamination in US fresh produce

A special FDA testing program on fresh herbs has documented the first confirmed evidence of the Cyclospora parasite in US produce. In July, the Food and Drug Administration…

Fear of pesticides and cholera

Fruit and veg shipments returned to Algeria

Fears, sparked by a recent cholera outbreak, have led to a significant decline in consumer demand for fruits and vegetables from Algeria. The nation’s export market has…

E.coli cases in Ireland continue to rise

Ireland is in the midst of one of its largest E. coli O157 outbreaks ever, with hundreds having been infected. Alan Reilly, former chief executive of the Food Safety Authority…

London: Market trader fined for selling rotten fruit with incorrect labelling

A London based market trader has been fined for displaying, offering and selling rotten fruit & vegetables that failed to meet the minimum quality standards. The stallholder…

Egypt in talks with Sudan, trying to get ban on exports lifted

Lifting the ban on Egyptian food exports to Sudan was the main topic in the talks between the Egyptian Ministers of both Agriculture and Trade with their Sudanese counterparts, taking place in Cairo on Tuesday. Sudan’s Trade Ministry stopped importing vegetables, fruit and fish from Egypt on September…

Clayton, Missouri

American woman finds black widow spider in her grapes

A Missouri woman said she found a black widow spider inside a package of seedless grapes, with her grandchildren almost touching the venomous arachnid. While the children were…

Australia: Queensland farmer fined for pesticide on grapes

The recent discovery of significant levels of pesticide residue on Queensland grapes has led to a hefty fine for a farm manager. The Emerald Magistrates Court imposed a fine…

Ontario, Canada

Listeria prompts Greenbelt Greenhouse to recall microgreens

A Canadian greenhouse is recalling microgreens from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below. Greenbelt Greenhouse Ltd. from Ontario distributed the recalled microgreens in Ontario, according to the recall…

Kuwait: 21% of fruit & vegetables contaminated with pesticides

The Director of the Desert Agriculture and Ecosystems Program at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Dr. Mohammed Al-Bouha, revealed a number of research projects carried out by the institute to develop the agricultural sector in the country using modern technologies instead of primitive and…

Packaged, pre-chopped salad mix recalled due to Listeria

Randsland Farms Inc. is recalling fresh produce products for the third time this month, because laboratory tests of product samples were positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Canadian food safety officials posted the recall yesterday, warning consumers to check their homes for the implicated Randsland…

New workshops will cover listeria control specific to fresh produce

Companies from across the fresh produce supply chain can learn strategies to control and prevent Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) at newly-announced workshops to be held Sept.…

McDonald’s salads blamed again for more Cyclospora infections

More people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants continue to suffer from Cyclospora infections, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. As of Thursday Aug. 23, the CDC said there were 507 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infections in people who consumed salads…

US (GA): Food scientist receives award for salmonella research

University of Georgia food scientist Xiangyu Deng has been awarded the Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). The award recognizes excellence in food safety and was presented to Deng at the IAFP meeting held July 8-11 in Salt Lake City. The IAFP…

Nigeria: NAFDAC to intensify efforts against artificial ripening

Some weeks ago, the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) sent out a warning signal to all farmers, traders and the general public to desist from the act of ripening fruits with calcium carbide. This substance is said to be very dangerous to health, and its use is…

Also more tests on Belarussian mushrooms

Russia’s Rosselkhonadzor concerned about infected Turkish tomatoes

Russia’s phytosanitary watchdog has expressed concern over the increase in quarantined objects among tomatoes from Turkey. This was stated by the deputy head of the…

Panel formed to combat Cyclospora parasite

John P. Olivo, President, Fresh Express, announced the formation of a Fresh Express Blue-Ribbon Panel to be chaired by world-renowned epidemiologist and infectious disease…

US: Growers who conduct third-party audits spend more on food safety

In an effort to understand produce grower food safety practices before the phased implementation (beginning in 2018) of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Rule (PR), ERS and USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service teamed to conduct the 2015/16 Produce Grower Food Safety Practices Survey.…

Spain: Campaign to raise awareness of risks involved in introduction of foreign plant material

The Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia is carrying out an informative campaign on the impact of introducing foreign plant materials when…

Imposed after 2011 Fukushima crisis

Hong Kong to partially lift import ban on four Japanese prefectures

Last week, Japan’s Minister for Agriculture welcomed Hong Kong’s decision to partially lift a ban on food imports from five prefectures imposed after the 2011 Fukushima crisis. “We are very grateful that there has been a relaxation on the restrictions on imports,” Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries…

US: One supplier named in separate salad and pre-cut fruit outbreaks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed a total of 476 cyclospora illnesses in 15 states linked to salads sold at McDonald’s restaurants in an August 16th…

Industry collaboration the focus at recent PTI leadership council

The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) Leadership Council convened recently to reinvigorate industry discussions as current events have put a new spotlight on traceability,…

All Farmers Association of Nigeria

AFAN condemns artificial ripening of fruits with chemicals

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria has condemned the act of ripening of fruits and other food items with the use of harmful chemicals like carbide. Chief Daniel Okafor,…

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Sweden investigates nationwide E. coli outbreak

Currently, Swedish authorities are investigating a national outbreak of E. coli. At least 50 cases have been reported. Folkhälsomyndigheten (Public Health Agency) and…

NZ: Hawke’s Bay food producers win the battle to keep it GM Free

Food producers in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand have won a major battle to keep the Hastings District officially GM Free. Federated Farmers has formally abandoned its…

US: Kwik Trip and Del Monte want lawsuit dismissed

Lawyers representing two companies are seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a woman from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The woman said she consumed vegetables that made her…

‘No justification to use chlorpyrifos on fruits and vegetables’

Federal judges finally order EPA to ban dangerous pesticide

11 years of lawsuits, reviews and delays by the Environmental Protection Agency, federal judges last week ordered the agency to ban chlorpyrifos, a widespread agricultural…

Russia to ban imports of fruit from Serbia & Macedonia starting August 15

Russia plans to impose a temporary import ban on some Serbian and Macedonian fruits from August 15. The reason given by Russia’s food safety regulator on Friday was ‘food…

US: Estimated costs to comply with Food Safety Modernization Act

In an effort to improve food safety by reducing foodborne illnesses, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) empowered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to impose new regulatory requirements on food producers and handlers, to expand requirements for and inspections of food imports, and…

One third of fruit and veg produced in Romania contains chemicals

Representatives of the National Phytosanitary Authority of Romania acknowledge that one-third of the vegetables and fruit produced in the country are treated with chemicals.…

Food Safety Warning

Dole brand Baby Spinach with Tender Reds recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. is recalling Dole brand Baby Spinach with Tender Reds from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should…

Europe’s cucumber salmonella outbreak reminds manufacturers to stay current

Annually Europe is experiencing a rise in cases of Salmonella poisoning linked to the use of cucumbers in ready-to-eat foods. Without a clear source of contamination, SGS is…

Qatar lifts temporary ban on Indian fruits and vegetables

The Qatari ban on fresh, chilled and frozen vegetables and fruits from India has been lifted by the Qatari authorities. The ban was imposed around the end of May this year, after an outbreak of the Nipah Virus in the northern Kerala district was reported. According to information released by the Health…

Data shows Germany and UK reported nearly half of E. coli infections in EU

When combining all the recent reports of STEC/VTEC cases in 2016, it appears almost half of those reports originate from Germany and the United Kingdom, according to European…

EU mulls regulation changes for raw juices and Listeria in sprouted seeds

Leaders of the European Union are looking at changing regulations around unpasteurized juices and Listeria monocytogenes in sprouted seeds. The draft legislation states that…

Dole 14 oz. Classic Coleslaw with designated codes and use-by-date recalled

Dole Fresh Vegetables announces precautionary limited recall on coleslaw

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of Dole Classic Coleslaw. The products being recalled are Dole 14 oz. Classic Coleslaw, UPC Code…

Outbreak of Salmonella agona reported in five EU countries

A multi-country outbreak of the Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Agona (S. Agona) is under investigation in the European Union (EU), with cases retrospectively…

"Spain: Eighth "Xylella fastidiosa" outbreak detected"

Agricultural organizations and cooperatives of the Region of Valencia have been informed by the region's Councillor of Agriculture, Elena Cebrián, about the detection of the…

Australia: Black and Gold frozen vegetables recalled over listeria fears

A recall has been issued for frozen vegetables across three states that may be contaminated with potentially deadly listeria bacteria. Customers in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania…


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