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Prosource Produce LLC voluntarily recalls whole raw onions shipped from Chihuahua, Mexico

ProSource Produce LLC of Hailey, Idaho, is voluntarily recalling whole raw onions (red, yellow, and white) shipped from Chihuahua, Mexico, between July 1, 2021, and August 31, 2021, because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The products are whole raw onions (red, yellow, and…

FDA announces investigation of Salmonella outbreak linked to whole, fresh onions

The following quote is attributed to Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response: “The FDA, along with the CDC and our state and local partners, is…

Fresh Produce Safety Centre

FPSC releases survey for Rapid Diagnostic Methods in fresh produce

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC) invites members of the industry to complete its Rapid Diagnostic Methods in the Fresh Produce Industry Survey. The industry-wide survey…

Business Insider

Elgin Fruit Juice Ltd under investigation as source of South African apple juice recalls

Apple juice products produced in South Africa are being recalled due to unacceptable levels of patulin, a mould which can cause nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances and vomiting. Coca-Cola South Africa was the first to issue a recall of more than 37,000 cases of its Appletiser products in September.…

Urgent bean and soy sprout voluntary recall

Fullei Fresh is voluntarily recalling Bean Sprouts and Soy Sprouts as a precaution due to possible exposure to listeria monocytogenes. Affected lots are numbered consecutively between 251 and 271. They were harvested and shipped to distributors between September 14 and October 5, 2021. Both conventional…

QS Qualität und Sicherheit Ltd

Consumers trust food safety in Germany

72 percent of consumers in Germany have great confidence in the safety of food they buy from German food retailers. Food safety is very important to 88 percent when buying…

Nepal destroys seven vegetable shipments from India over pesticide toxicity

According to agricultural authorities in Kathmandu, high levels of pesticides were found in seven vegetables. The vegetables were either destroyed or quarantined in the…

USDA

U.S. Specialty Crops Trade Issues – 2020 Report to Congress

U.S. officials work on development of international food safety and commodity standards

Trade barriers to U.S. specialty crop exports can be complex, and the U.S. government’s response is generally formulated within an interagency context. USDA representatives abroad often receive information on pending regulations before those measures are formally notified to the World Trade Organization…

Updated food recall warning

Canada: Jongilpoom brand Enoki mushroom recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

The food recall warning issued on September 16, 2021 has been updated to include additional distribution information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation. Covic International Trading Inc. is recalling Jongilpoom brand Enoki…

Cyprus research and innovation Centre

Photonics sensor able to spot bacteria on fruit and vegetables

A new detector is under development that will be able to spot minute traces of poisonous elements with photonics, giving a result in a matter of minutes. This is quite useful,…

USDA

Canada announces details for fall 2020 import requirements for US romaine lettuce

On September 13, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released details for the reimplementation of additional import requirements pertaining to romaine lettuce and…

After kiwifruit tested positive for Covid-19 in China last week

Zespri's exports to China continue as usual

Sources claim that Zespri’s exports to China are continuing as normal, even after some of its kiwifruit tested positive for Covid-19 in China last week. This Monday, Zespri…

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato welcomes decision

US lifts all Japanese food import restrictions

The United States lifted all restrictions on imports of Japanese food products while the European Union will ease similar rules imposed after the 2011 nuclear disaster in…

New legal limits for metal residues in food products

The presence of metals and other contaminants in the environment is the result of the dispersion and accumulation of man-made pollutants into the ecosystem as a consequence of manufacturing, intensive agricultural practices, incineration and waste disposal from industrial activities. Agro.Biolab laboratory…

Jongilpoom brand Enoki Mushroom recalled due to Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalled the Jongilpoom brand Enoki Mushrooms due to Listeria monocytogenes. The product was recalled on September 16, 2021 Covic…

China suspended imports of Vietnamese dragon fruit over Covid

China has suspended imports of dragon fruit from Vietnam, stating it found traces of the coronavirus. This amounts to a temporary halt to a $1 billion market, as Beijing…

Due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination

Kroger Co. voluntarily recalls 16-ounce Kroger Bagged Kale

The Kroger Co. is voluntarily recalling its 16-ounce Kroger bagged kale product, produced by Baker Farms, due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and…

Buurma Farms Inc. recalls plain (Flat) parsley due to possible health risks

Buurma Farms Inc. of Willard, OH, is voluntarily recalling 320 boxes of its Plain Parsley after testing showed possible contamination with Shiga-toxin producing E.coli. The product being recalled is Buurma Plain (flat leaf) Parsley with a harvest date of August 30, 2021 from their Gregory, Michigan…

Temporary import requirement for fall 2021:

Canada: Some romaine from parts of California must be tested for E. coli

To protect Canadians from possible health risks, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing temporary import conditions for romaine lettuce from the Salinas…

Due to possible contamination with Non-O157 Shiga-Toxin Producing E. coli

Dole Fresh Vegetables announces limited recall of curly leaf parsley

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of conventional Curly Leaf Parsley. The product being recalled is Dole® Curly Leaf Parsley, with harvest dates of August 18, 2021, and August 19, 2021.  A random, routine regulatory sample collected in Michigan tested positive for…

Macron announces acceleration of the elimination of phytosanitary products during his presidency of the EU

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced during his speech at the Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which was held in…

The Italian Technical and Scientific Committee observations

Are grapes among those fruits that are highest in pesticides?

Italian grape growers are busy harvesting and marketing their crops, but this season, once again, there is controversy over the use of plant protection products. An employee…

"For a protocol to be effective it must be developed with a strong understanding for commercial needs"

Effective fresh produce treatment solutions are the key to maintaining Australia's premium market access

Australia's leading phytosanitary irradiation provider has stressed the significance of developing reliable and simple phytosanitary solutions capable of maintaining trade under evolving conditions, to protect Australia's reputation of being a safe and reliable supplier of fruit and vegetables. Steritech…

Updated food recall warning

Eat Smart brand Chopped Salad Kits recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

The food recall warning issued on August 26, 2021 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation. Curation Foods is recalling Eat Smart brand Chopped Salad Kits from the…

The investigation is still ongoing, but everything indicates that the outbreak originated in pre-cut lettuce

Finland reported two deaths from E. coli

In recent months, Finland's National Health and Welfare Institute (THL) has been notified of seven outbreaks of the E. coli O103 bacterium in different parts of the country,…

Kozhikode, Kerala state

Demand of rambutan fruit plummets due to Nipah virus scare

The demand for rambutan fruit in the Malabar district has plummeted after reports that a 12-year-old boy, who died due to Nipah, had consumed rambutan contaminated by a bat.…

Mid-Autumn festival mooncakes a biosecurity risk

Biosecurity officers are on the lookout for mooncakes and other gifts from overseas with the approaching Mid-Autumn festival, also known as the Moon Festival. Minister for…

Highlighting the role of farm workers during Food Safety Month

Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farm workers, retailers and consumer advocacy groups, celebrates National Food Safety Education Month by encouraging growers and agricultural associations to share their commitment to…

Reports of excess volumes of pesticides

'Impossible to export Azerbaijani fruits and vegetables to Russia'

Goshgar Tahmazli, chairman of the Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency, has stated that it will be impossible to export fruits and vegetables to Russia due to the current levels of…

Salad probably caused 2019 E. coli outbreak in the UK

A recent study presumes that more than 30 people were part of an E. coli outbreak in the United Kingdom linked to salad in sandwiches in 2019. It was the first UK-wide…

Food recall warning - Canada

Soo brand Enoki Mushrooms recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

T-Brother Food & Trading Ltd. is recalling Soo brand Enoki Mushrooms from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product has been sold in Alberta and British Columbia and may have been…

Looking at best food safety practices in produce

Although food safety-related outbreaks continue to worry the US fresh produce industry, experts are optimistic that increased awareness all along the supply chain will not…

Canada: Food Recall Warning

Eat Smart brand Asian Sesame Chopped Salad Kit recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Curation Foods is recalling Eat Smart brand Asian Sesame (Sésame asiatique) Chopped Salad Kit from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test…

California

FDA adjusts lettuce sampling protocols for Salinas Valley

The US Food and Drug Administration has updated its lettuce sampling protocols for the Salinas Valley. The FDA has been collecting and testing lettuce grown in the area and…

Panama alleges problems with health permits

Costa Rica requests creation of arbitration panel at World Trade Organization

Costa Rican industry players have requested the creation of an arbitration panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on its dispute with Panama over the blockade of the…

Food recall warning

Veggie Foodle brand Green Zucchini Whole Vegetable Noodles recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Freshline Foods Ltd. is recalling Veggie Foodle brand Green Zucchini Whole Vegetable Noodles from the marketplace due to Listeria monocytogenes. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor. Check to see…

"Today the EPA is taking a step it should already have taken to protect public health"

The United States announced a ban on the use of chlorpyrifos in foods

As reported by The New York Times, the United States has announced that it will ban the use of chlorpyrifos in food because of its link to the development of neurological…

Buyer, seller, grower groups join forces to fund CPS produce safety research

Investing in the food safety of fresh produce comes down to pride, potential, partnership and priorities, say the latest major contributors to Center for Produce Safety’s…

South Africa wastes 10 million tonnes of food a year:

"Consumers have been “trained” by retailers to demand perfection and uniformity in shape, size and colour"

It was a conversation with a farmer about his “imperfect” patty pans that struck Professor Suzan Oelofse about how food is wasted in South Africa.  Oelofse, a principal researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was doing research for a study that she led, which shows how in South…

EU customs reject oranges from Egypt and peppers from Turkey with chlorpyrifos residues

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) reported the rejection of several batches of imported fruit and vegetables with high levels of residues of chlorpyrifos, a…

APHIS updates the Citrus Black Spot (Phyllosticta citricarpa) quarantine area in Florida

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding 37 sections in Charlotte County, 17 sections in Collier County, 45 sections in Glades…

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Broccoli-containing deli products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled certain broccoli-containing deli products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  Recalled products…

Canada: Recall of frozen mango products across the country

Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued the following statement to remind Ontarians about the food recall warning from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on frozen mango products from Nature’s Touch Frozen Food Inc:“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a food…

APAL welcomes Fresh Produce Safety Centre’s Food Safety Culture fact sheet

APAL has welcomed the Fresh Produce Safety Centre’s release of the Food Safety Culture fact sheet. The fact sheet was authored by food safety consultant Elizabeth Frankish and…

European Commission lowers the maximum residue limits of lead in food

The European Commission has approved lowering the maximum lead content in certain food products, including different fruits, vegetables, and tubers, due to the potential…

Russia allows apple imports from more Azerbaijani enterprises

The Russian government has lifted the ban on apple imports from eight more Azerbaijani enterprises, starting from August 10. This was based on the results of the quarantine…

Australian irradiated tomatoes must be labelled

Irradiated Australian tomatoes are on the shelves of fresh produce stores now, and TomatoesNZ is reminding retailers and the hospitality sector to ensure that produce is…

Recall issued for Medjool dates linked to hepatitis A in New South Wales

An urgent recall has been issued for a brand of Medjool dates after several people developed a serious illness after eating the product. Three people in New South Wales were…

Due to possible Listeria risk

Harvest Fresh vegetable spiral stir fry kit added to recall

Veg Pak Produce has added Harvest Fresh brand stir fry vegetables to its recall of Harvest Fresh brand zucchini spirals because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This recall is an update of the warning issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on July 25, 2021. This recall was triggered…

Foreign quarantine regulators to visit Pakistan

Quarantine regulators from six different countries will be visiting Pakistan to assess the fresh edible export supply-chain, which could lead to increased exports of fruits…

EU controls allow detecting more cases of ethylene oxide in food

Since September 2020, when Belgium reported for the first time ever the presence of ethylene oxide above the maximum legal limit in sesame seeds from India - which had more…

Fresh Produce Safety Centre releases food safety culture fact sheet

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre has announced the release of its Food Safety Culture fact sheet. It identified food safety culture as a key area for the improvement of fresh produce food safety across the supply chain, and the Food Safety Culture fact sheet was developed for use in businesses of all…

Due to potential Salmonella contamination

Grimmway Farms voluntarily recalls certain retail-packaged carrots

Grimmway Farms has voluntarily issued a recall of certain carrot products because they may have been contaminated with Salmonella. “The recall was initiated as a result of a routine, internal company test, said Grimmway Farms President and CEO Jeff Huckaby. “The health of our customers and the integrity…

World food safety testing market set to reach $24.4 billion by 2026

A new study by Global Industry Analysts predicts that the market for food safety testing is set to reach $24.4 billion by 2026. Global food safety testing in 2020 was…


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