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Food safety

South Africa: Deadliest listeriosis outbreak in history

The deadly and record-setting South African listeriosis outbreak is not slowing down. Contaminated food is the suspected culprit, but health officials have not yet identified a specific source.Since the new year began, the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed six more.....

Bangladesh: Time to end food contamination

As the economy is moving ahead, the Bangladeshi people are consuming more meat, fruits and vegetables than ever. But with the increased consumption, concerns about food safety have also heightened.Many farmers, for example, use pesticides to protect their crops from insects, rodents and weeds. Often, they.....

Cambodia: New centre for agricultural research to help expand markets

China-based Digital Agriculture Exchange, aiming specifically to up quality standards and make Cambodian produce more desirable abroad has revealed plans to build an agricultural research centre in the kingdom to improve production and packaging standards of local fruit and vegetables.A memorandum of.....

EFSA News

Updates on Salmonella Agona outbreak

EFSA NEWSUpdates on Salmonella Agona outbreakThe withdrawal and/or recall of infant formula produced by a single French processing company will significantly reduce the risk of more infants being infected by Salmonella Agona, say EFSA and ECDC as a result of a rapid outbreak assessment.An outbreak of S. Agona.....

Vegetable exports from Ghana resume after improvements to phytosanitary system

CABI, an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment, has been working on a €1.8 million project –part co-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the private.....

However, rate of maximum exceedances in 2016 slightly up

Only rarely are unacceptably high levels of pesticide residues found in food

Foods produced in Germany and in the EU rarely contain too high a level of pesticide residues. In 2016, 1.7% (Germany) and 1.6% (other EU countries) of the investigated products were found to exceed MRLs. Although the rate rose slightly compared to the previous year, it confirms the low level of overruns that.....

Pakistan authorities stop banana trade via Line of Control-zone

Authorities in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) have asked their counterparts on the Indian side of the Line of Control (the military controlled zone between Indian and Pakistani-controlled parts of Kashmir) to stop sending bananas via LoC trade, saying the fruit is “infected with ‘some’ disease”.In a.....

Agrocolor will be able to certify the fruit and veg shipments to Tesco

Almeria-based companies will be able to have the products they sell to Tesco certified by Agrocolor after a milestone agreement was reached last Friday. In the words of the manager of Agrocolor, Luis Miguel Fernández, this will allow the marketers who hire the services of this certifier "to cut costs and speed.....

Tests in New South Wales, Australia:

Cold plasma used to kill pathogens on fresh produce

At the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries laboratory, a new test device is being trialled. A German built, custom-made 250 kilogram produce sanitisation machine , dubbed the “Food Safety Supercharger”, has been developed to try to eliminate microbial contaminants such as Salmonella, Listeria and.....

CPMA set to host food safety forums

As a part of CPMA’s renewed food safety focus, the organization will be hosting a series of information sessions on the upcoming Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which is now in force.These free information sessions will provide:An opportunity to ask.....

Fruit flies: a barrier to the development of Egyptian citrus exports

The Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) is the main hurdle for Egyptian citrus to expand, especially at the level of exports. The US Agriculture Department said in its report that the Egyptian government is funding a project to tackle fruit flies and reduce the spread of the pest, helping control the.....

New supermarket quality assurance scheme

Frustrated Australian growers threaten a boycott

With the implementation of the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS), a streamlined process for selling to multiple supermarket retailers should have been realised.In fact, the process has been anything but harmonious; small to medium-sized family farming operations are reporting they have been.....

Altus Biopharm

Innovation and biotechnology applied to the field

Reducing the use of synthetic chemicals in agriculture has become more and more necessary in recent years, mainly due to export guidelines, but also to the desire on the part of producers to stop the gradual degradation of their lands and continue to produce without harming the environment and the health of.....

Rwanda urges Ghana to ban SA food imports

Ghana: Foodstuffs from South Africa under scrutiny

The Ghanaian Ministry of Health says following an outbreak of a food-based disease in South Africa, foodstuffs from that country have been put under scrutiny. Dairy products, fruits and vegetables coming from South Africa into Ghana are being monitored.Listeriosis is a form of food poisoning caused by eating.....

Namibia bans food import from Zambia

As a result of the cholera outbreak in neighbouring Zambia -where 66 lives were already lost- the Namibian government has put a provisional ban on the import of all perishable foodstuffs, fruits, unprocessed food and water until further notice.The ban came into effect on Monday January 8 and is necessitated by.....

CAN (NB): Vertical farmer responds to E.coli outbreak

Many restaurants across the province are choosing to pull salads with romaine lettuce from their menus, in light of a E. coli outbreak linked to the leafy greens, but one Moncton bistro isn't worried about its Caesar salad.At Tony's Bistro, head chef Jordan Holden said he's aware of the public health warning.....

"Mycotoxin screening gets accreditation"

Groen Agro Control to expand locally and internationally

Groen Agro Control is at the Bio Fair this year (stand no. 182). Visitors to this Dutch laboratory's stand will receive information about the latest developments in analyses in the areas of food safety and quality. Groen Agro Control's employees will also let visitors know how things are going within the.....

Exports to Europe and Saudi Arabia:

Pesticide contamination threatens Egyptian fruit export

Following threats by the European Union and Saudi Arabia to curtail Egyptian imports due to high pesticide contamination, the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation has tightened inspection procedures for fruit.The ministry stated that the move was meant to increase the export of fruit products.....

Apple and pear industry:

Australian National Residue Survey results 2016-17

Once again, the apple and pear industry has demonstrated its commitment to food safety and minimising residues. The latest National Residue Survey results showing a 98 per cent compliance level in apples and pears tested in 2016-2017.Every year this survey tests Australian apples and pears for a range of.....

Spain: Andalusia is free from Xylella fastidiosa

The monitoring measures introduced by the Council of Agriculture are among the "numerous initiatives" launched by the Andalusian Government since the adoption of the Action Plan against this bacterium in 2015, which already featured prevention, surveillance and eradication measures. The goal is to prevent the.....

Shipments outside the archipelago

Spain: First phytosanitary control on Canary tomatoes passes without issues

The first phytosanitary control carried out on a batch of Canary tomatoes shipped outside the archipelago took place without issues on 2 January, according to sources from the Provincial Federation of Associations of Exporters of Horticultural Products of Las Palmas (Fedex).On 1 January, various amendments to.....

Germany: Fungal toxins in nuts and dried fruits?

In 78 samples of various nut varieties and almonds, as well as 30 samples of dried fruits, examined in the years 2016 and 2017, evidence was found of the fungal toxins aflatoxin and ochratoxin. Particularly notable were sultanas and currants, of which 94% contained low levels of ochratoxin, however in all.....

Growers comment on link to E. coli

Uncertainty is being created around Romaine lettuce

Lettuce growers in California have been concerned by reports in the media regarding a possible E. coli outbreak that Canadian health authorities have linked to Romaine lettuce. With limited data, Canadian authorities are recommending consumers to stay away from eating Romaine lettuce."Based on the limited.....

Vietnam: Food safety should be a priority

Unfortunately, in Vietnam unsafe food is still widespread in the domestic market, causing concern among consumers. “Vietnamese producers are very strict when it comes to exports, but in the domestic market consumers still face risks from unsafe food,” said Phạm Khánh Phong Lan, head of the Food Safety.....

Saudi Arabian ban on Egyptian strawberries in January

As of January 18, Saudi Arabia’s decision to ban Egyptian strawberries due to pesticide residues will come into force. This was announced by the General Organization for Export & Import Control last Thursday.Last November, an Egyptian delegation visited the kingdom to discuss the decision, but Saudi Arabia.....

Reviving Kenya's passion fruit farming

In the 90s and early 2000s, Kenya exported passion fruits, but since 2003 there has been a decline in production because of pest management challenges. Despite Kenya’s potential to grow and export passion fruits, production of the highly profitable crop has been on the decline over the past decade and no.....

Canary tomatoes to undergo phytosanitary control before entering the Iberian Peninsula and Europe

Community Regulation 2031/2016, which requires Canary tomato shipments intended for the Iberian Peninsula and Europe to undergo phytosanitary inspections, has come into force on Tuesday 1 January 2018.The Federation of Horticultural Exporters of Las Palmas, FEDEX, has been working all year 2017 in order to.....

US cases of E. Coli possibly tied to romaine lettuce

A deadly strain of E. coli bacteria has made 17 people in the US and 41 in Canada sick. In both countries, one person has died from their infections.Early CDC tests show that the bacteria making people sick in both countries is genetically related, meaning it’s more likely to be coming from a common source......

First in the state to initiate

University of Arizona offering new Food Safety undergrad degree

The Universtiy of Arizona (UA) will begin its new Food Safety Undergraduate Degree program in the fall of 2018. The program will address the need of food safety professionals in the state. Yuma County alone is third largest vegetable supplier in the nation; 90 percent of the USA’s leafy green vegetables are.....