Food safety

APHIS analyses risks associated with importing carrots from Republic of Korea

The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared and is accepting comments on a pest risk analysis (PRA) regarding the…

Study shows IFCO's sanitation process is effective against ToBRFV

The latest food safety testing conducted on IFCO Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) has confirmed damaging pathogens – viruses and bacteria -- are removed or deactivated by…

Helping to catalyse the entire fruit value chain

Coca Cola to complete $1.7 bn investment in India’s ‘Fruit Circular Economy’

Global FMCG major Coca-Cola is on track to complete all its investment commitments in India, including the $1.7 billion funding to create a “Fruit Circular Economy” meant to…

Church Brothers Farms announces new VP of food safety and quality

Church Brothers Farms hired Grace Ho as the company’s new vice president of food safety and quality (FSQ). “This role is critically important and we wanted to hire the right…

Russ Davis Wholesale issues recall due to possible listeria contamination

Russ Davis Wholesale (RDW), a fresh produce processor and distributor, in an abundance of caution is voluntarily recalling multiple products due to possible contamination of…

U.S. grower increases criteria for yearly internal food safety audits this season

As the majority of the Mexican hot house vegetable seasons get underway, produce distributor and grower, Divine Flavor, has started to include more criteria into their yearly internal food safety audits to help growers comply with areas related to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Working closely…

Whole Foods recalls Mann Packing products due to possible Listeria contamination

In response to Mann Packing Co., Inc’s recall of vegetable products, Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling multiple products from its stores in the United States. Mann…

Quality often questionable as well

Leafy greens in Pune markets jump from affordable to pricey

Leafy green vegetables, although poor in supply and quality, are setting new price highs in the markets across the city of Pune. The rain, affecting veggie supplies to…

2018 outbreak analysed

First Australian Salmonella Havana outbreak has been traced to alfalfa sprouts

According to researchers, the Salmonella outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts last year was, in fact, the first identified Salmonella Havana occurrence in Australia. During June 2018, an increase in Salmonella Havana was detected through routine surveillance by the Communicable Disease Control Branch…

Istanbul, Edirne, Tekirdağ and Kocaeli provinces

Health Minister Koca urges calm over spinach poisoning

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca urged citizens not to panic amid an increasing number of food poisoning cases due to spinach consumption. The number of patients poisoned from spinach mixed with toxic herbs has risen to 196, Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Tuesday, adding that there was no need for…

More voluntary recalls issued due to possible Listeria contamination

Two companies, GHNW LLC and Wegmans Food Markets, have issues voluntary recalls due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, in connection with the recent recall…

Canada: Freshcut vegetable recall as reponse to possible Listeria contamination

A nationwide recall of freshcut vegetables continues to expand with dozens of products and multiple brands now on the list. Products potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes are coleslaw, riced cauliflower, green beans, noodles, kale salads and more. Some of the products do not expire for 10…

Toxic weeds found among spinach samples

Spinach hospitalises dozens in Turkey

At least 66 people have been hospitalized across Turkey over the past four days for food poisoning that is suspected to have originated from spinach mixed with a toxic weed. The case is serious enough to have prompted officials to launch an investigation and gather samples. Istanbul's health authority on…

Due to E. coli fears

Guyana temporarily bans import of romaine lettuce

This Monday, Guyana officials announced a temporary restriction on the importation of romaine lettuce. It said the move comes on the heels of an outbreak of the E. coli…

Wawona Frozen Food voluntarily recalls frozen raspberries due to possible health risk

Wawona Frozen Foods is voluntarily recalling packages of frozen raspberries and frozen berry mixes containing raspberries sold at Aldi Grocery Stores and frozen raspberries sold at Raley's Family of Fine Stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A. The frozen raspberries…

Possible Listeria contamination in sweet kale bagged salad blend

Sobeys Inc. is recalling some of its Compliments brand sweet kale bagged salad blend because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This recall was triggered by Canadian…

US: FDA hid romaine-related outbreak from public for more than 6 weeks

An outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce sickened people in a dozen states from July through early September, but US officials did not release any…

Again jeopardising exports

EU again hits Kenyan produce with ‘high chemical use’ label

The European Union has returned Kenya to list of countries that use high levels of crop protection agents on their horticultural produce. This, again, poses a threat to exports, the country's major source of foreign exchange. The negative labelling comes just five months after Kenya was delisted in…

Due to elevated pesticide levels

Bosnia Herzegovina denies entry to 21 tons of Turkish tangerines

Last Monday, the phytosanitary inspection office of Republika Srpska (RS), one of the entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has forbidden the import of 21 tons of tangerines…

Kenya to host three day event on Food Safety

Next week, Kenya will hold a Global Gap Tour Stop conference that has attracted over 500 industry players in production and export  mainly dealing with fruits, vegetables, herbs,…

Food Safety Modernization Act

US produce growers struggle with food safety requirements

A Cornell study has identified the biggest barriers to complying with FMSA requirements to be Time, money and infrastructure. Although local food producers are broadly…

North Bay Produce Inc. apple recall

On October 25th, 2019 North Bay Produce Inc. voluntary issued a recall of certain varieties of fresh apples packed in one packinghouse between October 16th-October 21st. The recall is due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. It was initiated as a result of a product test which…

Renaissance Food Group to sponsor United Fresh Safety Immersion Program

Renaissance Food Group will sponsor the new United Fresh Produce Safety Immersion Program, which the organization says is developed to build the technical capacity, critical…

Guadeloupe and Martinique

"Pesticide poisoned French paradise islands in Caribbean"

The French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique have the image of idyllic, sunny tourist destinations. Few visitors are aware that these lush, tropical islands have a chronic pollution problem. A pesticide linked to cancer - chlordecone - was sprayed on banana crops on the islands for two…

New Council for Agricultural Science and Technology report:

There is no sound science behind avoiding produce ‘because of pesticides’

A new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) aims to reduce consumers’ worries by describing how information from complex risk assessments can be misinterpreted in news stories and by consumer advocacy groups. The often complex findings from these scientific publications…

US approves imports of fresh Taiwan guavas

With relations between the US and Taiwan continuing to improve again, the US Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced that it has authorized the import of guavas grown…

Brother’s Produce – Paterson, NJ

Worker at US fresh produce company positive for hepatitis A: alert issued

A food handler has tested positive for hepatitis A, spurring a public alert for anyone who bought fresh fruits or vegetables from a specific Brother’s Produce location in…

Until now 71 people infected

Tomatoes linked to Salmonella outbreak in Sweden

Tomatoes are the probable source of a Salmonella outbreak in Sweden, according to public health officials. Folkhälsomyndigheten (Public Health Agency of Sweden) identified 71…

‘Buenas Brand frozen grated coconut’

Coconut product from Philippines recalled for Salmonella

Hayward, a California-based Global Commodities Corporation, has recalled one lot of Buenas Brand frozen grated coconut, a product of The Philippines. The California Department…

Aimed at reducing Listeria formation

UMAS Project looks at surface changes & coatings to reduce biofilms

A University of Massachusetts research group has teamed up with the USDA to look at whether combining physical changes to food contact surfaces with Food and Drug…

Onion grower joins PMA Gold Circle Campaign

Onions 52 said it is aiming to reinforce its commitment to food safety through the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Gold Circle Campaign for Food Safety. By participating in the PMA Gold Circle Campaign for Food Safety, Onions 52 joins more than 350 fresh produce suppliers and buyers—from growers and…

Italy rejects imports of Uruguayan oranges with banned pesticide residues

As reported by the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), Italy has rejected the import of oranges from Uruguay because they contained traces of a pesticide that is…

Potential contamination with Norovirus

Cornerstone Premium Foods recalls frozen blackberries

Cornerstone Premium Foods of Syracuse, New York is recalling a specific lot of product containing frozen blackberries (noted below) due to the potential of being contaminated with Norovirus. FDA testing of frozen blackberries was reported to have tested positive for Norovirus. Norovirus is a highly contagious…

Taiwan: Excessive pesticide residue on fruit and veg in Taipei

According to the Taipei Department of Health, an intensive inspection of fresh fruit and vegetables sold in Taipei found -last month- that 21.6 percent of the tested items had pesticide residue exceeding the maximum residue limits (MRLs). A total of 88 samples were collected in August, and test found…

New mobile app aims to make industry-wide food traceability a reality

iTradeNetwork, provider of supply chain management and intelligence solutions for the food and beverage industry, announced a pilot program with grower/shippers of select…

Outbreak traced to basil from Mexico

CDC: 241 confirmed victims in Cyclospora outbreak

Last Monday, the CDC waited declared an end to a cyclosporiasis outbreak that was traced to basil from Mexico. The tally of laboratory-confirmed patients stands at 241, with…

Listeria risk prompts recall of salad kits and bagged kale

Randsland Farms Inc. is recalling bagged salad kits and kale because federal inspectors found they are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. “This recall was triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) inspection activities,” according to a recall notice on the agency’s…

Funding will secure research on PSHB and deadly fungus

Hortgro is in the final stages of securing funding for a new research project that will look at the ability of the fungus carried by the polyphagous shot hole borer beetle to infect deciduous fruit trees as well as common windbreak tree species. The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) with its deadly…

FDA launches initiative to research risk factors for E.coli contamination

Following the largest E.coli O157:H7 outbreak in the United States since 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a new initiative to better understand the…

Results of FDA sampling of fresh herbs and processed avocado

Fresh cilantro, parsley and basil are typically eaten without having undergone a ‘kill step,’ such as cooking, to reduce or eliminate bacteria. These herbs are grown low to the ground and therefore are susceptible to contamination (e.g., from irrigation water splashing off the soil). As of July 1, 2019,…

Investigating outbreak of intestinal infections in Sigulda

Latvian Food and Veterinary Service suspends operations of vegetable processing plant

Investigating the outbreak of intestinal infections in Sigulda, the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) suspended operations of a vegetable processing plant in Jelgava.…

International Food Policy Research Institute study:

GMO eggplant developed by Bangladesh government cuts pesticide use

Genetically modified insect-resistant eggplants (Bt brinjal) have successfully reduced pesticide use and improved livelihoods among the Bangladeshi farmers who grow it.…

Food safety report gives picture of issues in Austria

The number of food businesses found to be violating the law during audits last year was around the same as the year before, according to Austria’s annual food safety report.…

Products recalled after spinach found to be potentially contaminated with E. coli

Urban Remedy, a California-based producer and retailer of ultra-fresh, organic meals, is voluntarily recalling 76 salads and wraps that contain spinach that may be contaminated with E. coli. Seventy-six salads and wraps are still unaccounted for. No juices or any other products are being recalled. “In an…

CDC announces end to Salmonella outbreak in papayas

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners, investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Uganda illnesses linked to Cavi Brand whole, fresh papayas. According to the CDC, this outbreak appears to be over; however,…

All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center shows off Risk Management System

Last week,  a theoretical part of the risk management system (RMS), created on the basis of the «Argus-Fito» Federal State Information System, was demonstrated. It came to pass…

Shipment of bananas with cholera infected flies detected in Russia

Russian health authorities have intercepted a shipment of bananas from Ecuador infested with humpback flies, potential carriers of the cholera vibrio, at the port of…


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