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Cyprus: Strawberry fields quarantined after pesticides found on fruit

Authorities have placed two strawberry fields in Zygi and Mazotos under quarantine after harmful pesticides were detected on the fruits, according to Androula Georgiou, Head of the Agriculture Department. The fields, owned by different producers, were quarantined to prevent affected strawberries being.....

India: 93.6% of vegetables in Kerala state are pesticide free

According to a report submitted by the Kerala Agricultural University, 93.6 percentage of vegetables produced in the state last year were free of pesticides. The study was conducted on 543 samples collected from different parts of the state, produced between January and December 2017. All the samples collected.....

Two Singapore patients infected by listeria bacteria

Two people in Singapore were infected by a listeria bacteria strain similar to the the one contracted by a patient in the deadly outbreak in Australia this year, said the Ministry of Health on Monday (April 16). The Ministry stated that its National Public Health Laboratory has completed the genetic sequence.....

Canada food recall warning

Montana brand frozen strawberries recalled due to Hepatitis A

As of April 14, Groupe Adonis Inc. is recalling Montana brand frozen strawberries from the marketplace due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.The following product has been sold exclusively from Adonis markets in Quebec and Ontario.Recalled.....

Michigan State University research

Cleaning product toxins found in crops

Researchers have studied how pepper plants absorb common antimicrobials found in personal care items. Reflect on this: What some people might term “personal care products”, scientists such as Khang Huynh of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University, would call.....

Spain: First case of "Xylella fastidiosa" detected in Madrid

The Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that is lethal to olive trees, vineyards and fruit trees, which forced Italy to destroy a million olive trees and which is spreading across Spain, has reached the region of Madrid. It is the first case in the region.This bacterium, completely harmless for people and animals,.....

Romania destroys contaminated potatoes from Egypt

Romanian public health officials have destroyed 1,100 kilograms of Egyptian potatoes after tests showed they had brown rot disease. Last Tuesday the Agriculture Ministry said that the contaminated potatoes were shipped to Romania’s Black Sea port of Constanta from Egypt. Laboratory tests confirmed they had the.....

117 tonnes of contaminated seeds and fresh veg imported into Ukraine

In an announcement published by AgroPolit, the State Product and Consumer Protection Service of Ukraine reported the figures on the volume of infected seeds and fresh vegetables that have been imported into the country.In the first quarter of this year, 117 tonnes of contaminated and dangerous cargo were.....

Nigerian investigation into calcium carbide treatments

How mangoes, bananas & plantains can cause terminal illnesses

The artificial ripening of fruits with calcium carbide has continued in the country, exposing consumers to high risk of developing cancer or kidney and heart diseases.Farmers and fruit dealers, always in a hurry to meet the huge national demand for fruits -especially mango, banana, plantain and oranges-,.....

New South Wales

Australia: Coles frozen pomegranate linked to hepatitis A outbreak

Seven people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A after eating frozen pomegranates purchased at Coles supermarkets, prompting NSW Health to warn anyone who bought the product to throw it out immediately.Dr Vicky Sheppeard, director of communicable diseases at NSW Health, said it was working with the state's.....

WHO claims Australia exported listeria-tainted rockmelons to nine countries

Melons from Australia contaminated with the dangerous listeriosis bacteria were exported to at least nine countries, where an outbreak has killed seven people and caused one miscarriage, the World Health Organization said last Monday.The rockmelons, or cantaloupes, were sent to Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait,.....

Indian state of Karnataka

Fruit and vegetables contaminated with Bangalore’s toxic sewage

Due to the shortage of water in and around Bangalore, many farmers in surrounding districts like Malur have turned to the contaminated and toxic wastewater from Bangalore to irrigate their farmland.The wastewater is pumped directly from Bangalore's Netkal reservoir through pipelines running from Varthur to.....

Still controversy about source of outbreak

Australian rockmelon grower resumes sales

Australian cantaloupe grower Rombola Family Farms says it has met government requirements and is resuming sales. It still finds the results, indicating that it was Rombola fruit that was the source of the recent Listeria outbreak, controversial.Owners of Rombola Family Farms in New South Wales continue to tell.....

Tuta absoluta

Russia intercepts infected Israeli tomatoes

A batch of infected tomatoes arrived to the port of Novorossiysk from Israel, but did not make it to the kitchens of Kuban dwellers. Before the import permit was given, the cargo was carefully inspected by representatives of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.The experts found.....

Russia: Egyptian tangerines intercepted in Novorosiysk

24 tons of tangerines were intercepted at the port of Novorosiysk, Russia. The batch of tangerines arrived from Egypt. Before the produce reaches the retailers, every fruit is examined by a representative of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.The results of the laboratory test.....

‘Pudi’ replaces carbide in Indian fruit market

Ethylene-producing chemical sachets imported from China have replaced calcium carbide for artificial ripening of mangoes at Kothapet fruit market. The ethylene ripeners available in powder form too are forbidden under the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011.State.....

Yuma, Arizona

U.S.: Grant to create less dangerous melons

Yuma county is one of the largest producers of cantaloupes in the whole country. Now there is a new, 4 million dollar project that involves growing a new type of cantaloupe. The University of Arizona has just been given a grant by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (roughly $600,000) to participate.....

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on Egyptian fresh strawberry and pepper imports

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has lifted the ban it imposed on the import of strawberry and fresh peppers from Egypt. Menafn.com reported on the Undersecretary of the Ministry, Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Batshan, stating that the ban was lifted after the Ministry had been.....

Stinkbug infection

Russia bans fruit and vegetables from Abkhazia

From April 2, Russia has temporarily banned delivery of all fruit and vegetables from Abkhazia, as well as ready-made packaging and packaging material made of wood due to the full-scale spread of the brown marmorated stinkbug.The decision was made by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary.....

Infected Moroccan tomatoes not allowed in Saint Petersburg

A batch of 30 tons of tomatoes was intercepted at the phytosanitary control post in the port of Saint Petersburg (Russia), after specialists of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance found harmful insects.The owner of the cargo was prohibited to import the contaminated batch of the.....

Australian melon industry expresses concern

Australian rockmelon farm linked to listeria outbreak resumes production

Contaminated fruit from Rombola Family Farms, located in the NSW Riverina, has been linked with the spread of the disease which infected 19 people across the country. The grower has announced it is resuming its production of rockmelons. Six deaths were linked to the outbreak, first revealed in February.This.....

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Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor bans imported Chinese cabbage from Belarus

As of March 30th 2018, imports of Chinese cabbage from the Republic of Belarus -accompanied by Belarusian phytosanitary certificates- have been banned. According to the Russians, this is a quarantine product of high phytosanitary risk.Source: bashinform.ru

Spain: New system to reduce use of phytosanitary products in fruit trees

DOSA3D, a system developed by the Research Group in AgroTIC and Precision Agriculture of the University of Lleida (UdL), working in partnership with the Plant Health Service of the Generalitat of Catalonia, is making it possible to reduce the use of phytosanitary products without any losses in the treatment's.....

Not always as clear as it seems

The 'dirty dozen' and the 'clean fifteen'

Not everyone knows that conventionally cultivated, so-called “dirty” foods are actually fairly clean, whereas organic foods are not all free of pesticides. The chronic reference dose of a pesticide residue is the maximum amount that is ‘okay’ to have if you would be eating that food every day of your life......

China: Japanese veggies intercepted at Shenzhen Port

Recently, a Shenzhen Luohu Entry-Exit Inspection And Quarantine Bureau officer intercepteda passenger who wasattempting to smuggle agricultural products into China. In his luggage, the officer found pomegranates, mizuna, lettuces, tomatoes,chilli peppers, chrysanthemums, frozen fishes and other forbidden.....

Spain: Potato moth makes 140 km jump

The Council for the Rural Environment of Galicia has started withdrawing potatoes from six warehouses in Muxía to proceed with their destruction, after the municipality was included in the list of municipalities affected by the Guatemalan moth pest.The general director of Agriculture, Belén do Campo, called on.....

‘Micro magnets’ to detect pesticides on vegetables

Recently, food scientists have created a quick and highly sensitive screening technique that can detect even tiny amounts of a synthetic pesticide in vegetables. Their process uses magnetic nanoparticles to simplify extraction of the pesticide (pyrethroid) reducing the screening process to under two hours......

Hong Kong: Lam will not lift food ban associated with Fukushima disaster

Chief Executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor, has turned down an appeal by Foreign Minister Taro Kono from Japan for Hong Kong to lift a ban on food products from certain parts of his country, which was imposed in the wake of 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.Kono made the appeal during his meeting with Lam at.....

Greece stops Turkish consignments containing dangerous substances

According to the newspaper "Nation", Turkish consignments bound for Greece containing vegetables, nuts, fruits and dried fruits have been seized, as large amounts of harmful pesticides and chemicals were detected.In recent months, 62 tonnes of lemons and 48.5 tonnes of pomegranates have been stopped, as they.....

Pakistan officials claim Indian fruits & vegetables are biosecurity risk

Two weeks ago, the Pakistan Department of Plant Protection wrote a letter to Pakistan Customs, warning that fresh fruits and vegetables coming into Pakistan from India through cross Line of Control trade (the military control line between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of the former princely state.....