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More than 200 people ill from parasite in Del Monte vegetable trays

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a statement Thursday, announcing that an outbreak of cyclosporiasis has sickened 212 people in four states since May, with seven of those individuals having been hospitalized. Illnesses linked to Del Monte vegetable trays have been reported in Michigan,.....

EU lifts additional controls on Egyptian strawberries

Following Egypt's implementation of very rigorous inspection standards for its strawberry exports, the EU has removed additional import controls placed on Egyptian strawberries, said Agriculture Ministry spokesman Hamed Abdel Dayem in a statement on Thursday.The tight EU regulations were introduced amid.....

Food supply chains constantly facing threats

“Listeriosis can be a rallying call for the industry”

This year, five people died in the United States due to E. coli-infected romaine lettuce. New Zealand is culling nearly 130,000 cows to stave off a Mycoplasma bovis epidemic. South Africa is still suffering the effects of the listeriosis outbreak that claimed more than 200 lives since the beginning of.....

Hong Kong: Pesticide in prepackaged British Cucumber

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department on July 5 announced that a pre-packaged cucumber sample was found to have pesticide residues at a level exceeding the legal limit. The CFS is following up on the case.Details of the product: Product: British CucumberPlace of.....

UAE lifts ban on fruits and vegetables from Kerala

The ban on all fruits and vegetables imported from the Indian state of Kerala, issued in May by the UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, has been lifted since Wednesday evening.The Ministry announced lifting the ban through a statement on its social media channels on Wednesday evening.According to.....

Hungary: Frozen vegetables linked to Listeria outbreak

The likely source of an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that has been affecting Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom since 2015 has possibly been found in both frozen corn and other frozen vegetables.Experts used whole genome sequencing to identify the food source, which initially was.....

Greenyard takes recall initiative for frozen vegetables from Hungary

In line with a decision passed by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency dated 29 June 2018, Greenyard is recalling frozen vegetables from its Hungary-based plant, which were produced between 13 August 2016 and 20 June 2018.This measure is taken in the framework of a potential listeria contamination of frozen.....

Australia: Alfalfa sprouts linked to Salmonella infections

More than 20 cases of Salmonella infection have been reported in South Australia, with a link to alfalfa sprouts. Health officials say the Salmonella Havana outbreak has led to 21 illnesses and 7 hospitalizations. The implicated alfalfa sprouts came from SA Sprouts in Adelaide. They were sold at Drakes.....

Leading system for Ceratitis control

Region of Valencia betting on Magnet MED™ once again

Suterra's MagnetTM MED has again been the program chosen to tackle the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) in the Region of Valencia for the third consecutive year. The initiative has been promoted by the Council of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development in the framework of the.....

Italy expanding containment area for "Xylella fastidiosa"

The European Commission has decided to expand the demarcated area for the containment of the bacterium "Xylella fastidiosa" in Italy due to the "high risk of continued propagation to the north of the Apulia region," which is the area of ​​the so-called "heel of the boot" of the peninsula.The.....

Lack of European legislation leads to out of control import of kaki and pomegranate plant material

The shortcomings and weaknesses of the phytosanitary control system of the European Union (EU) have become evident again during the celebration of the 6th Technical Day of the Association of Plant Variety Operators (ASOVAV). The head of the section for Vegetal Certification of the Valencian Council of.....

US: More people confirmed with parasites linked to Del Monte vegetables

US public health officials have confirmed that dozens more people have parasitic infections linked to trays of fresh, pre-cut vegetables that Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled in mid-June. The case count stands at 185, having increased by more than 100 since the outbreak was announced by the Centers for Disease.....

The history of Quick bottled juices

If kids do not eat fruit, we will try to make them drink fruit juices

"We believe that scientific research is always rewarding, and on this journey we have discovered that, when fruit is transformed into juice by using the High Pressure Processing (HPP) method, it does not undergo any variations in the content of bioactive compounds compared to products which are pasteurized at.....

Via Madurai airport - post Nipah outbreak

India: Kerala exporters illegally transporting goods to Gulf

The Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TNCCI) has cautioned the exporters of Tamil Nadu by exposing a case where some Kerala entrepreneurs tried to illegally transport perishable goods to Gulf countries via Madurai airport. These exports have been banned by them after the Nipah virus outbreak. In.....

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US: Romaine lettuce outbreak tied to irrigation canal

Last Thursday, US health officials said that tainted irrigation water appears to be the source of a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. About 200 people were sickened in the E. coli outbreak and five people died. The outbreak, which started in the spring, is now over, the Centers for.....

Australia: Melon industry to win back consumers in six steps

After an unfortunate Listeriosis outbreak earlier this year, the Australian melon industry is now looking to win back consumers through a six stage process. Together with Hort Innovation, the industry launched a six-pronged initiative to combat foodborne illness risks and support the sustainability of the.....

Spain: Citrus greening gets dangerously close to Huelva's fruit

The Xylella and Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, have been the subjects at a technical conference on emerging diseases in citrus fruits, which was held in El Rompido, Cartaya. The event brought together a group of experts in the field. The Cajamar Foundation, through ADN-Agro, together with the.....

How food businesses can increase margins and reduce risk

Quality vs quantity?

What matters more for food businesses, quality and safety or quantity? The long-standing consensus among food growers, packers and processors is that quality is crucial. Delivering a high-quality product – uniform in size, shape and colour and free from contamination, foreign materials and damaged items......

Canada declares E. coli outbreak over

A Canadian E. coli outbreak (linked to romaine lettuce from Arizona) has ended with only eight confirmed cases in that country. In the United States, where at least five people have died in the outbreak, officials have not updated the public for weeks. The US outbreak investigators are apparently continuing.....

Russia returns 24.5 tonnes of infested fruit to China

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) prevented the entry into the Primorsky Territory of a large batch of fruits and vegetables from China, which were infested with peach fruit moth. This was reported by the press service of the Rosselkhoznadzor.....

United States: 144 Cyclospora cases involving Del Monte vegetables

Reports of parasitic infections from Cyclospora have been linked to Del Monte brand pre-cut fresh vegetables, despite the national company's initial recall on June 8. So far, the infection has been confirmed in 144 people, according to an update posted June 21 by the Centers for Disease Control.The main state.....

In Ravenna, nectarine trees have been fully covered to guarantee a quality product which undergoes less treatments

Anti-insect nets covering nectarines represent the reality

Out of a total of 32 hectares of two different varieties of nectarines, namely "Romagna Giant" and "Dulciva", almost 5 hectares have been fully covered. The coverage protects from and impedes access to insects such as Asian bugs and aphids in the first place, and to birds such as starlings and magpies. The.....

Ron Simon & Associates

Del Monte Cyclospora lawsuit

This week, the national food safety law firm of Ron Simon & Associates, along with local counsel Egan & Richgels, S.C., filed the third lawsuit in Wisconsin stemming from cyclospora-contaminated Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays. Del Monte has issued a nationwide recall of the pre-packaged trays.....

Officials can’t take action without report

India: Chemical-laced fruit destroyed

Although Indian officials of the Health Department have begun their drives to check food adulteration under the Tandarust Punjab Mission, they are having problems penalising wholesalers and vendors who are using harmful chemicals to ripen fruit.No action has been taken against any major wholesalers or large.....

U.S. - Mexico cooperation:

FDA releases report on Produce Safety Partnership

On June 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a progress report on the U.S. FDA – Mexico Produce Safety Partnership. The report shows how this collaboration is enhancing the safety of produce.This report, U.S. FDA – Mexico Produce Safety Partnership: A Dynamic Partnership in Action, is being.....

Preventing E.coli O157 outbreaks in leafy vegetables

In April 2018, the CDC reported a multi-state outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona with five deaths so far reported and hundreds sickened. Here, rapid microbiology finds out from Dr. Rachel Noble, an expert environmental molecular microbiologist, how.....

Hort Innovation:

Six-pronged approach to support the Aussie melon industry

In the wake of a Listeriosis outbreak earlier this year, Hort Innovation has worked with growers to launch a six-pronged initiative to combat foodborne illness risks and support the sustainability of the melon industry.Being delivered by the NSW Department of Primary Industries, and funded through the.....

Ireland: PhD to ensure safer food supply chains

Most people will be familiar with the horse-meat scandal. Could this have been foreseen? Could it have been prevented? In what way was it different to other food safety scandals? Who made money from it? What are the chances of something like this happening again? What can be done to prevent similar incidences.....

Due to multistate outbreak of Cyclospora

Del Monte Fresh Produce recalls vegetable trays

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. today announced the voluntary recall of a limited quantity of 6 oz., 12 oz. and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip sold to select retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Del.....