Food safety

University of Southampton

Ultrasonic cleaning of salad could reduce instances of food poisoning

A new study has shown that gentle streams of water carrying sound and microscopic air bubbles can clean bacteria from salad leaves more effectively than current washing…

New EFSA and ECDC data

Europe: Foodborne outbreak illnesses and deaths increasing

According to data from the annual report on zoonotic diseases, the number of foodborne disease outbreaks and deaths in Europe has increased in 2019. Data released by the…

Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre

"Produce is wasted here because many people don't really respect the value of food any more"

The COVID-19 pandemic and labour shortages have had a "massive" impact on the already high levels of fruit and vegetable wastage, according to Australia's leading research centre on the issue. Dr Steve Lapidge is the inaugural CEO of Fight Food Waste Ltd, which incorporates the Fight Food Waste…

High Court asks Indian government for rules on regulating supply of fruit ripener

The Gauhati High Court has asked the Indian government to ‘frame appropriate rules’ for regulating the easy availability of artificial fruit ripener calcium carbide in the…

Chilean fruits orchard badly damaged by the heavy rainfall

Modified atmosphere packaging essential when shipping to far off markets

In the past few days, the Guangzhou Jiangnan wholesale market has gradually recovered but is still moving very slowly. Despite this, more than 3,000 containers full of cherries arrived in China before the Chinese New Year. Felipe Acosta is the operational manager of a Chilean modified atmosphere…

Shlomi Fogel, chairman of Carmel Agrexco

Israeli CEO wants imported blueberries treated with methyl bromide to be labelled

Shlomi Fogel is the chairman of Carmel Agrexco, an agricultural export company that operates a Golan Heights blueberry farm. On Monday, he addressed the ministers of Health…

Ministry of Health - Czech Republic

Produce checks largely compliant in Czech Republic

According to data published by the Ministry of Health in the Czech Republic, just 10 of almost 800 samples taken during food safety inspections were non-compliant. From August…

FreshChain Systems successfully pilots blockchain tech for traceable rockmelon exports from Sunraysia

Traceable rockmelons on a roll

FreshChain Systems has successfully piloted innovative blockchain technology exporting end to end traceable whole rockmelons from the Sunraysia region supported by the Australian Government…

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China: More cold-chain products required to present trace records

Recently, Beijing implemented a regulation determining that all imported frozen food at or below zero degrees Celsius must have full logistic information. It went into full effect last Friday. The city had already requested that imported cold-chain meat and seafood be trace, but now all imported…

German govt approves legislation to ban glyphosate starting 2024

German growers will have to gradually reduce their use of glyphosate and stop using it completely, starting 2024 in order to preserve clean habitats for insects. Growers have…

Spanish oranges with high pesticide residues withdrawn from the market in Germany

The German customs authorities have withdrawn Spanish oranges from the market, as they reportedly contained an excessive amount of pesticide residues, as reported on February…

Turkey increases pepper exports by 35% in 2020, despite accumulating 111 pesticide alerts

Turkish pepper exports in 2020 increased by 35.38% over the previous year, totaling 150.71 million kilos, and by 54.87% over the last five years, according to Hortoinfo based…

Dole Fresh Vegetables

Limited voluntary recall of Dole™ Sunflower Crunch Chopped Salad Kit due to undeclared allergens

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling two lot codes of Dole™ Sunflower Crunch Chopped Salad Kit. This recall is due to possible undeclared allergens (wheat and…

PMA Virtual Town Hall

Applying root cause strategies to the produce industry

This week’s PMA virtual town hall discussed putting root-cause strategies into the hands of the produce industry when it comes to investigating, but ultimately preventing, events such as mass recalls of produce. The town hall was moderated by Trevor Suslow, produce safety consultant with the PMA and…

PMA comments on FSMA traceability rule

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) submitted comments on the proposed U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule ‘Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for…

New plastic film "deactivates Coronavirus in just 15 minutes"

A scientific collaboration including the companies Nanox, AplFilm, Braskem and the UFSCar (Brazil) and Jaume I of Castellón (Spain) universities has presented a plastic film…

Swedish public health officials investigate rise in Yersinia infections

According to Swedish public health officials, there has been an increase in Yersinia infections in recent weeks. Since the second week of January, more than twice as many…

Because of potential health risk

Shenandoah Growers issues limited, voluntary recall of specific imported organic basil

Shenandoah Growers, Inc (Harrisonburg, VA) out of an abundance of caution, has issued a limited, voluntary recall of approximately 3240 units of branded fresh cut, packaged…

Source Certain International - TSW Trace™

"When we build unique fingerprints, we see information that most people don't see"

A global scientific provenance verification and supply chain integrity company is hoping to grow and offer more of its services in the fruit and vegetable industry. Source Certain International (SCI), based in Perth, brings scientific technology to verify product provenance, authenticity and associated…

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Brussels to extrapolate citrus MRLs to avocados

The European Commission is going to extrapolate the MRLs (maximum residue limits) from citrus to avocado to facilitate the fight against avocado pests and diseases and to…

FDA announces new sampling plan for Romaine from the Yuma, Arizona growing region

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is launching an assignment to collect romaine lettuce samples from commercial coolers in the Yuma County, Arizona growing region during…

Chile launches intensive PR campaign in China for cherries

The Chilean government and agricultural exporters have recently launched an intensive PR campaign using social platforms and influencers, trying to reverse the damage caused…

The Spanish CGC demands that the EU stop the import of Turkish citrus fruits with phytosanitary problems

The Spanish Citrus Management Committee (CGC) has asked the European Commission (EC) to act urgently to curb the wave of Turkish citrus imports with pesticide residue…

"It is important to restore Chinese consumer trust in imported fruit"

Chinese consumers were recently shocked by the "cherry incident". Even though 199 samples from the environment, products, and personnel all tested negative, the single positive test from the cherry sample destroyed consumer trust in the food safety of imported cherries. Furthermore, on the 25th of…

Project from Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

Fruit and vegetable safety in Kyrgyzstan

A new FAO project involves Kyrgyzstan and improving food safety management in the country’s fruit and vegetable sector. The work is funded by a $570,000 contribution from the…

Azerbaijan: Food Safety Agency declares onions from Kazakhstan unfit for consumption

Azerbaijan’s Food Safety Agency employees inspected 650 tons of onions produced by the TIMUR private enterprise of Kazakhstan and imported to Azerbaijan by the local company…

Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation al-Sayed al-Quseir Twitter

Egypt plans to cut pesticide use by half by 2030

Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation al-Sayed al-Quseir has announced plans to reduce Egypt’s consumption of chemical pesticides, replacing them with biopesticides.…

Due to undeclared allergens

Dole Fresh Vegetables announce limited voluntary recall of Dole™ Endless Summer Salad Kit

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a single lot code of Dole™ Endless Summer Salad Kit. This recall is due to possible undeclared allergens (fish and egg) in Dole™ Endless Summer Salad Kit. The dressing and topping kit (masterpack) designed for a different Dole product was…

PMA responds to FDA announcement of conclusion of E. coli outbreak investigation

On January 27, the FDA provided an updated release detailing the findings of their investigations into a composite assessment of the 2020 outbreaks involving E. coli O157:H7.…

Price of ginger tripling - tomatoes more than halving

Australian fruit and vegetable prices still volatile

While the prices of ginger are going up, the oversupply of tomatoes in Australia is seeing prices go down quickly. Melbourne wholesaler Michael Piccolo said he had never seen…

Study details UK investigations into outbreak of Listeria

Researchers have expanded knowledge of the UK’s involvement in a multi-country Listeria outbreak. Twelve patients were detected in the UK between 2015 and 2018; contaminated…

Mercadona launches a new disinfectant for fruits and vegetables

The Mercadona supermarket chain continues to work to incorporate new products to meet its customers' current needs and consumer demand. The Valencian company has launched a…

Belgian company submits first protein-based biocontrol registration package to the EPA

Biotalys NV, a food and crop protection company, announced that it has submitted its first protein-based biocontrol, Evoca™, to the Environmental Protection Agency in the…

Germany and Denmark: Pesticide residue findings on foodstuffs are low

German and Danish officials have reported low levels of pesticide residues in food. A report, published by the German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety…

Sweden publishes foodborne illness data for 2008-2018

A new study has revealed that a high number of Campylobacter infections and more cases of Salmonella infection linked to produce have been identified in Sweden during a…

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Lancaster Foods recalls conventional butternut squash items

Lancaster Foods LLC has initiated a voluntary product recall of its processed butternut squash items because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others…

PMA expands virtual learning course offerings

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Center for Growing Talent (CGT) are expanding their virtual learning opportunities. FreshEd Academy is a growing portfolio of…

United Fresh announces class two of produce safety immersion program

United Fresh Produce Association announced the class two fellows of the Produce Safety Immersion Program, sponsored by Renaissance Food Group at the gold level, and Ecolab as…

Switzerland: Aldi and Migros recall salads containing listeria

Aldi and Migros are recalling several ready-made salads due to the presence of listeria. The two distributors recommend Thursday not to consume these products. Aldi has recalled three salads across Switzerland as a precaution. The presence of listeria was detected during internal analyses of certain…

PMA virtual town hall

New year, old problems: A look at the state of food safety

This week’s PMA virtual town hall took a look at how food safety problems and possible solutions might continue to evolve in the new year. The panel was led by Max Teplitski, PMA’s Chief Science Officer. Panelists were Wendelyn Jones, Ph.D., Executive Director of ILSI North America, William D. Marler,…

Improved quality control to secure Egypt’s position as top orange exporter

Egypt aims to secure a second bumper crop of oranges this season in order to keep its spot as the world’s leading exporter of the citrus fruit. The nation has been rapidly…


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