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Christian DeBlasio with Purfresh

“Our ozone technology kills viruses including corona, and keeps fresh produce safe”

Many mitigation tools are being used to stop the spread of the coronavirus, including social distancing, and enhanced personal hygiene. In addition, health experts are promoting healthy eating as a way to boost immunity. “Here at Purfresh, we ensure that the fruits and vegetables transported around the…

Horticulture supply chain businesses may need to register as an essential service during NZ lockdown

At 11:59pm Wednesday, New Zealand will move into National Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19, which will see many businesses and non-essential services close, and residents…

Australian and New Zealand governments strengthen COVID-19 response

Australia and New Zealand have significantly stepped up measures to try and contain the rapid spread of the global Coronavirus pandemic. Australia has enforced new Stage 1 restrictions on social gatherings, with the closures of non-essential services, such as restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms and libraries…

Lab tests confirm the high vitamin C content in lemons

"In such a delicate moment for the history of our planet, our sector cannot stop. The agri-food industry must maintain supplies constant while trying to comply with provisions in force. What is more, the entire food production sector cannot make mistakes nor risk stopping," explain Andrea and Giovanni…

"Don’t fear eating your fruits and veggies"

Modern supermarkets with their many open displays of fruits and vegetables are truly a marvel and a reminder that the U.S. enjoys a safe and abundant food supply. However, in the face of the current nationwide COVID-19 outbreak, many questions about the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables have arisen.…

Airfreight rates skyrocket

Will border closures and flight reductions impact produce imports?

“These are very strange times and the information we are receiving is very fluid,” says Chris Sarantis with Montreal-based Canadawide who imports produce from all over the world to be distributed in Canada’s larger metropolitan areas including Toronto and Montreal. “Changes are occurring constantly, and…

North American retailers likely to benefit from ‘panic shopping’

Panic buying grocery spurts resulted in photos of empty store shelves on social and mainstream media throughout the weekend. Where is all of this leaving the produce industry in the US and Canada? Let’s start with the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), a region with a significant number of COVID-19 cases. “The…

Cal Poly study focuses on women's health ... and strawberries

Kari Pilolla, an assistant professor in Cal Poly’s Food Science and Nutrition Department, is working in partnership with faculty and students at Humboldt State University to…

WHO combats rumours about garlic effectiveness

Tunisians rush to buy garlic, thinking it will combat Coronavirus

The price of garlic has shot up in Tunisia amid a buying rush as consumers hope it will help protect against the new coronavirus. This is going on, despite a caution from the…

Are sweet potatoes, cassava, or yams good substitutes for potatoes?

Despite being a vegetable product, potato's high glycemic index excludes it from being one of the food staples that should be included among the recommended 5 daily pieces of…

A NASA experiment concludes that space lettuces are more nutritious

An investigation carried out by NASA, in which they studied the viability of food cultivation at the International Space Station (ISS), has concluded that vegetables grown in space, specifically red romaine lettuces, have much higher nutrient levels than expected. The study, published in the journal…

Researchers study the effectiveness of a component of oranges and mandarins against obesity

Researchers at the Western University of Ontario, Canada, have conducted a study on the effectiveness of nobiletin, a flavonoid naturally found in oranges and mandarins,…

Daily avocado consumption improves concentration in overweight people

A diet including daily avocado consumption improves the ability to focus attention in adults whose measurements of height and weight are categorized as overweight or obese, a…

Food is more effective than supplements in fighting the flu

Flu season is underway, and Limoneira’s John Carter and Megan Roosevelt are making recommendations on how to stay healthy. “Don’t feel like you have to face this battle alone,” says Carter. “Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which plays are crucial role in helping the immune system to adapt to new…

Researchers find ingredient in cruciferous vegetables prevents growth of cancer cells

In a study recently published in Scientific Reports, scientists at Okayama University in Japan describe how an ingredient of cruciferous vegetables prevents the growth of…

University of Kansas Researchers

Study finds 100% orange juice is good as water or sports drinks

A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences found drinking 100% orange juice after exercise, contributes to hydration equally as well as water and sports drinks. Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas and principal investigator, Dr. Dawn Emerson: “There were no symptoms…

Bio Turbo for produce industry is believed to be effective against coronavirus

According to the Thailand Medical News, airborne ozone has been proven to kill the SARS coronavirus including the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus as it is almost identical to that type. It is also reconfirmed in the study of the China Institute of Virology in Hubei, which has been conducting evaluations for…

Washington Apple Commission claims apples effective in fight against cancer

The Washington Apple Commission has given out some reasons, suggesting that the humble apple is very effective in keeping cancer at bay An entire apple, including the peel, is…

Crops are rotting in fields as workers are forced to stay at home

China: Covid-19 keeps country in lockdown

Grower Jiang Junsheng, who has field near Ruzhou -Henan province- has already pulped a ton of garlic, turning the unwanted crop into fertiliser, but he still has to work out…

More evidence that antioxidant-rich foods can boost brain health

A recent study, published in Neurology, found that incorporating whole foods such as leafy greens, veggies, and some fruits into your daily diet can reduce your risk of…

Low fruit/veg intake and higher body fat now linked to anxiety disorders

According to new research from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, adults who have low fruit and vegetable intakes have a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with an…

Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Unsalted tomato juice may lower risks for cardiovascular disease

We all know tomatoes are loaded with anti-aging antioxidant health benefits, anti-inflammatory properties, and immune system boosting vitamin C. However, a recent study…

Carrefour and Nestlé intent on improving child nutrition

Carrefour and Nestlé have announced that they are joining forces to help parents get their children to adopt a healthier and more sustainable diet, promoting daily consumption…

The health benefits of soursop

For centuries, soursop juice has been a form of pain reliever while pulverized seeds and concoctions made of leaves are also popular forms of natural remedies. The fruit is mostly found in Mexico, the Caribbean, parts of South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.  The rich nutrient content of soursop includes vitamin C, vitamin B,…

North American Menopause Society:

Higher intakes of certain fruits/vegetables may result in fewer menopause symptoms

A new study suggests that a higher intake of fruit and vegetables may also play a role in lessening various menopause symptoms. Study results are published online today in…

Recent findings on health benefits of nuts and dried fruits

Nuts and dried fruits have been part of the human diet since prehistoric times. They are nutrient-rich foods and constitute an excellent means to deliver health-promoting bioactive compounds. As such, they serve as important healthful snack items, besides being part of many traditional and new recipes of…

Treating eczema with Indian strawberry

What are some of the main causes of eczema? Some people are convinced that environmental pollution and allergic pollens can cause eczema in humans, besides high-stress levels…

Trying to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease

Post-Brexit farming should focus on fruit and veg

According to a new analysis, published in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, that looked at the potential impacts of changes to agricultural policy as the UK leaves the European Union, it might be a good thing to earmark more land for growing fruits and vegetables after Brexit, as this could…

Asoex monitors impact of coronavirus on exports to China

The Coronavirus broke out in China, one of Chile's most important fruit markets, during the Spring Festival. In response, the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex) has…

Due to coronavirus outbreak

Imported cherries stranded at wholesale markets in China

A popular fruit during the Spring Festival, cherries have been selling well almost every year. However, this year's outbreak of coronavirus has suddenly made the lively fruit…

Korla Pear supports affected areas in Hubei

Korla Pear cooperates with Pagoda to donate 10,000 pears

Wuhan is not the only city in Hubei. Other nearby cities are equally affected by the outbreak of the corona virus. The Korla Pear Association in Bayin'guolong, Xinjiang, is cooperating with Pagoda to donate more than 5,000 pears to more than 30 hospitals in Huanggang, Xiaogan, Yichang, Ezhou, and…

Partnership between Love One Today and Walk with a Doc

Love for avocados in combination with walking improves heart health

In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 80% of premature heart disease and strokes are preventable,1 Fresh Avocados – Love One Today®…

CPMA expands Half Your Plate nutrition resources for health professionals

CPMA’s library of nutrition resources for health professionals is growing. Newly developed Half Your Plate resources are now available through the Half Your Plate Health…

Dr Flavia Fayet-Moore from Nutrition Research Australia:

"Tan your mushies, not your skin"

Bathing your mushrooms in the sun before eating increases their vitamin D content by nearly eightfold, according to new Hort Innovation funded research that summarises the health effects of the popular fungi. Dr Flavia Fayet-Moore from Nutrition Research Australia says exposing just five button…

Foods containing Flavonol may reduce dementia risks

According to a study published this week in the journal Neurology, an antioxidant found in nearly all fruits and vegetables -as well as in tea- may help prevent Alzheimer’s…

Capscium chlorosis virus transmitted by weeds and thrips

Capscium chlorosis virus (CaCV) is a Tospovirus responsible of significant economic losses in capsicums, chillies and tomatoes in Hawaii, Australia, India and South East Asia.…

Spanish researchers study the anticancer properties of broccoli

Broccoli continues to bring good news. In addition to its nutritional properties, widely documented in numerous studies, we must also consider its potential to prevent…

"So far our exports are carried out normally"

Chile monitors fruit export to China due to coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus outbreak in China, one of the main markets for Chilean fruit, has forced the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (Asoex) to monitor the export of fresh Chilean fruits to Asian markets. The disease, according to the entity, has not yet generated problems in the flow of fruit…

Watching cooking shows might motivate kids to eat healthier

A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior claimed that children that often watch cooking programs come across healthy foods more often. This meant that they were over twice as likely to choose healthy snack as children who watched a cooking show featuring unhealthy…

Coronavirus no direct threat for Fruit Logistica Berlin

The coronavirus is spreading quickly in China, and is now also as reaching other countries. Three cases have been confirmed in Germany since last Monday, it is the second…

Bok choy - the next vegetable trend

Kigali has very many Chinese restaurants, and some people have probably come across cabbages, such as green, Savoy, red, Napa, bok choy, and Brussels sprouts, or cabbage on…

Eating fruit and vegetables reduces the risk of depression

About 265 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is, however, one of the most preventable health issues. That is, according to the World Health Organization.…

Are fruit and veg too expensive?

New Zealand wants to drop regional obesity rates

In New Zealand's Bay of Plenty, more than two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese. It was reported this week that the cost of fruit and veg prices jumped 2.1 per…

Try eating more nuts, kiwis, cherries or lettuce

Eat healthy, sleep better

Studies have confirmed that various food stuffs (lettuce, nuts, kiwis, cherries, and much more) increase sleep duration and sleep quality. A recent study from researchers at the University of Extremadura confirmed this for cherries, for instance. These researchers found that melatonin levels in their test groups increased…

LGMA steps up efforts to improve safety

CDC and FDA declared multiple romaine lettuce e. Coli outbreaks over

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local partners, previously reported on Dec. 12 that public…

CPMA announcement:

Half Your Plate Partnership with 2020 Olympic team qualifier Florence Maheu

CPMA is delighted to announce a new partnership with 2020 Olympic team qualifier in kayak, Florence Maheu. Maheu will be promoting the Half Your Plate initiative in competition on her boat and in her day-to-day activities through her personal social media. Florence Maheu, of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield,…

New Zealand study - Auckland University of Technology:

“Bigger bodies need bigger servings of vegetables”

A new study from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) suggests the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables should be in direct proportion to body size. In…

St. Louis University research

Common Indian fruit might be helpful in fighting cancer

According to recent research, the Asian karela fruit -also known as the bitter melon- shows promise in slowing the progression of cancer. It has properties that prevent cancer…


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