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Food safety comes from extended vegetable disinfection time

Food safety has always been a concern in the fresh-cut industry. For ready-to-eat vegetables such as lettuce, the entire cleaning process usually takes 2 to 3 minutes, which is too long for conventional cleaning lines. Therefore, a cleaning line with an extended launder is necessary to ensure the…

Due to pesticide residues found Xepace

Cambodian government looks into import of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables

Recently, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) asked the Vietnamese commercial affairs office in Cambodia to make a fact-finding trip to the Chrey Thom border…

Expanded salad recall due to Cyclospora

On June 22nd, the FDA warned to avoid certain "Garden Salad" products from three Midwest retailers due to Cyclospora. Now, Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is recalling an additional 12 salads across its eight-state region due to the potential that they may be contaminated with Cyclospora.…

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Indonesia: Listeriosis concerns around imported Korean enoki mushrooms

The Indonesian government has ordered the recall and destruction of enoki mushroom products from South Korean company Green Co. Ltd, after an official investigation found samples containing the bacteria that cause listeriosis. A listeria outbreak recently occurred in the United States, Canada, and…

"Growers should be more united and this is the time to invest in technology to be better prepared"

A Victorian fruit producer is encouraging other growers in the industry to start investing in technology to be better prepared for issues such as COVID-19, workforce security and the drought. Budou Farms grows table grapes with a peak in the summer months, and co-owner Enrique Rossi says in addition to…

Produce Traceability Initiative announces improvements to traceability guidance

The Produce Traceability Initiative, consisting of CPMA, GS1 US, PMA, and United Fresh, and its many volunteer industry members, announced the release of four new or improved…

SmartWash system could have applications treating viruses in the workplace

Once the dust has settled following the COVID-19 pandemic, there is likely – many in the produce industry believe – to be an increasedawareness of the importance of safety in the food production process, including during the washing and preparing of vegetables. Here, treatments from JBT alliance partner,…

Cambodia set to ink Memorandum of Understanding with Japan firm on ‘safe vegetables’

The Cambodian government is set to sign a MoU with a Japanese company on the cooperation, investment and development of the Kingdom’s ‘safe vegetable’ sub-sector. The agreement would aim to promote the production of vegetables with reduced dependence on chemicals and free of microbiological hazards, and…

Spanish scientists are working to develop a norovirus detection kit for berries

According to the EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), a total of 66 norovirus alerts have been reported since January 2019. It should be noted that 9% of them were…

Coronavirus outbreaks detected in two Spanish berry companies in Morocco

Two Spanish fruit companies based in Morocco, specialized in the production of berries, have registered coronavirus outbreaks among their employees. In a strawberry and red…

S.Mile LLC launches food cleaning agent Sanaq

"You don't need chemicals to clean fresh food products"

According to estimates of the global incidence of foodborne diseases, over 23 million people in Europe fall ill each year as a result of eating contaminated food. For some 5,000 people, consumption will even result in death. Quite often it does not take new, extraordinary things to prevent this, but…

In Germany, the focus is on the large-scale distribution sector

From 28 June more attention needs to be paid to fruit and vegetable residues

The analyses concerning the detection of chlorate and perchlorate residues in fruit and vegetables have proved even more necessary, as legal limitations will be mandatory at a European level with effect from 28 June 2020 for chlorates, and from 1 July 2020 for perchlorates. Currently there are two…

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New Zealand: Kiwifruit spray under regulatory review

When growers want to get an orchard of kiwifruit to fruit at the same time, they can spray a hydrogen cyanamide in August. The chemical, most commonly used in a spray called…

FDA warns to avoid certain “Garden Salad” products from 3 Midwest retailers due to cyclospora

The FDA issues a warning to consumers to avoid certain store brand packaged and labeled “Garden Salad” products from three retailers in the Midwest due to Cyclospora. Frank…

Report finds supply chain inefficiencies are costing Australian fresh produce industry over $1billion

Australia loses an estimated 18-22 per cent of produce, due to inefficiencies along the supply chain, according to Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ)'s State of the Industry report.   The annual study, commissioned Ernst & Young, found that those losses were equivalent to $1.72 billion.…

"At this stage, we can confidentially share that this will be successful in a wide range of products"

Australian research into new fresh produce postharvest treatment using supercharged air

Australian fresh produce growers may soon have a new method of treating fruit and vegetables that minimise microbial food safety risks, with promising results from a current project with the potential to greatly improve food safety and reduce postharvest losses. The New South Wales Department of Primary…

PMA's State of the Industry report outlines post-COVID-19 trends for fresh produce

Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) says the Coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread disruption of the fresh produce industry, driving change at a rapid pace, affecting the way the fresh produce industry works, lives, eats, moves and uses technology. With Hort Connections…

After discovering traces of pesticides Beton Studio

Cambodia: Customs at Chrey Thom border ban six vegetables from Vietnam

The General Department of Customs and Excise mobile team at Chrey Thom International Checkpoint in Cambodia’s  Kandal province has decided to ban imports of six types of vegetables…

New requirements for importing leafy greens from Arizona into Canada

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be implementing a new requirement for imports of leafy greens from Arizona, USA. Effective mid-August 2020, the CFIA will limit…

Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community Pramote Polyamate

Calls for tighter restrictions on pesticides

The Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community has expressed its support to the governmental ban on the import of pesticide-laden produce. Its support came with the aim to…

CDC declares Listeria outbreak linked to enoki mushrooms now over

The CDC announced that an outbreak of Listeria infections, traced to imported mushrooms, appears to be over.  The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states,…

Continued growth for Australia's fresh produce exporters using phytosanitary irradiation

The 2019/20 export season delivered another record result for the Australian fresh produce industry utilising phytosanitary irradiation protocols, according to the nation's treatment provider. Despite the major disruption to airfreight caused by COVID-19, Steritech reported surpassing the 2018/19 record…

Due to COVID-19 positive employees Esen

Food City discontinues deliveries of Scott's strawberries for rest of season

Food City has discontinued deliveries of Scott's strawberries for the remainder of the season after 38 Scott's Strawberry & Tomato Farms employees tested positive for…

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Indian firm launches new fruit & veg cleaning product

Packaged goods firm ITC Ltd, headquartered in Kolkata, on Friday announced the launch of Nimwash, a vegetable and fruit wash which helps disinfect fresh produce. This is done…

Sicural develops quick Covid-19 test for surfaces and processing lines

Sicural has developed a molecular biology test to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (which causes Covid-19) for environmental samples. These tests are important to detect the presence of the virus on work surfaces in order to monitor and assess the effectiveness of sanitation processes. Companies can…

New process allows remote food safety audits for leafy greens farms

Mandatory government food safety audits of leafy greens farms under the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement are continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Western Growers and the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement announced the availability of a new process developed through a…

US: FDA report provides clues to prevent future outbreaks

California leafy greens growers are pledging to incorporate findings from a report issued today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into its ongoing process to…

Hydrogen Peroxide vapour technology gains global acceptance for food preservation

ChillSafe® is a simple to use sachet that produces a low dose hydrogen peroxide vapour to treat spaces where food is packaged, stored or transported for safer, longer lasting produce. Fifteen years of development, university and government research combined with HACCP and Organic certifications, has…

EU to impose stricter measures on Kenyan beans

The European Union will impose stricter measures on Kenyan beans starting May 26, tightening its checks on residue levels, raising the price and threatening access if the…

Possible Methomyl contamination Aquariagirl1970

Trinidad & Tobago: Health Ministry warns of contaminated ginger

Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago are being warned of contaminated ginger being sold in local markets. In a statement issued May 10, 2020, the Ministry of Health said it has…

The European Commission updates the list of foods subject to controls

Stricter controls on Turkish citrus imported into the EU

The European Commission (EC) has included Turkish citrus fruits in the list of foods from third countries that will be subject to stricter temporary controls on entry to the European Union. This decision has been made after pesticide residues were detected in various batches of oranges, mandarins,…

EVFTA poses challenges to Vietnamese agricultural products

Since the EVTFA was approved, experts have been analysing the opportunities for Vietnam to penetrate deeper into the high-value foreign markets. However, the implementation of…

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Incidence of illnesses still increasing

Weekly Report: 'US is failing basic food safety’

Attempts to reduce food poisoning are failing as the US incidence of foodborne illnesses continues to increase. Infections from five of eight pathogens tracked by the CDC are on the rise. Initial analysis of data comparing the period from 2016-2018 with numbers for 2019 (see table below) shows that the…


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