Food safety

Exporting substandard vegetables and chillies

Uganda bans chilli exports to European Union

The European Union has welcomed the Ugandan government's self-imposed ban on the export of chillies and substandard vegetables to Europe, saying it was beginning to spoil the…

Canada: Salmonella leads to coconut meat recall

Feeding Change Canada is recalling Feeding Change brand Young Thai Coconut Meat from the marketplace because of a risk of possible Salmonella contamination. According to the recall notice posted on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website, the recall was triggered by CFIA test results. “The…

93 people infected

Salmonella linked to pre-cut melons

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Carrau…

Dr. John Isemede:

“Nigerian produce still not accepted globally”

Despite concerted efforts by the government towards weening the nation’s economy from the oil-sector and turning to agriculture, local agro produce has continued to suffer rejections from the international market. According to Dr. John Isemede, an expert in export and international markets, it is…

EU audit: Limited progress in Austrian control system

According to DG Sante, only limited progress has been made in Austria on improving the system to reduce microbiological contamination of food of non-animal origin (FNAO). The…

Fruit fly species stopped at border

NZ: MPI imposes temporary hold on citrus consignments from the USA

Biosecurity New Zealand officers have stopped an unwanted fruit fly species from entering the country. Officers detected spotted wing drosophila larvae in a single fruit from…

Banana growers want Philippine & Japanese officials to resolve protocol issues

The Mindanao banana industry wants the Philippine government and Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to meet and resolve protocol issues surrounding the…

US: Vermont produce growers awarded $60,000 to make food safety improvements

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) awards $60,000 to 13 Vermont produce growers making on-farm improvements that prevent or reduce produce safety…

Australia reviews Philippines’ banana safety standards

Canberra is now reviewing the documents submitted by Manila to resolve the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) concerns of Australia in importing Philippines’ Cavendish bananas.…

FDA sampling of fresh herbs, guacamole and processed avocado

As of January 1, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tested 747 fresh herb samples (441 domestic, 306 import), and 526 processed avocado or guacamole samples (435…

Food safety actions by produce industry have moved food safety practices forward

The produce industry and commercial buyers (retailers, foodservice buyers, and produce processors) have been instrumental in pushing food safety practices forward. Retailers…

Food Safety Requirements for Produce Growers:

Retailer Demands and the Food Safety Modernization Act

Foodborne illness linked to contaminated produce is a public health concern. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 is the Federal Government’s most recent effort to reduce…

Audit sees insufficient controls for exports

Chile: Lack of official controls for EU exports

An audit in Chile has found there is no official sample system to verify compliance with European standards to control microbiological contamination in the food of non-animal…

What controls do avocados undergo in Spain?

The California-based grower and distributor Henry Avocado started voluntarily withdrawing its avocados from the United States on Monday, March 25, after a routine inspection…

Australian strawberry industry continues to suffer from tampering crisis

Australian strawberry growers have shut down their farms, as fallout from the fruit tampering crisis continues. In January, the Brisbane Times revealed the strawberry industry was forecast to be worth $148 million in 2018-19. This is 14% lower than the average for the past five years. This was about 8%…

NZ technology boosts Aussie mango operation

FreshPack software developed by New Zealand fresh produce software specialist, Radfords Software Limited, for Australian mango producer Piñata Farms, was instrumental in streamlining ripening and distribution operations during the 2018-2019 season. Radfords' product owner - multi produce, Bobby Barnes,…

Increasing cases of bacteria in IQF vegetables restraining market growth

The commercial advantage of keeping individually quick frozen (IQF) vegetables in stock continues to drive their demand among retailers, grocery stores and independent…

Swiss and Finnish checks detect Listeria

Independent testing in Finland and Switzerland of a variety of products detected Listeria monocytogenes last year. However, no samples contained the pathogen at levels above…

"Deeper scrutiny of plant and microbe interactions key for food safety"

The complex landscape of plants and microbe interaction means that food safety specialists should consider fine detail and cannot generalise when carrying out risk assessments, new research by James Hutton Institute scientists has shown. Fresh produce is an important vehicle for transmission of…

EU report:

“Limited controls on food sold online”

Official controls on food sold over the Internet are still limited, according to a report from the European Commission. Controls of food sold online were limited and mainly focused on registered food business operators. Non-compliances were mostly related to labeling and health claim requirements. Online…

Labor Chamber Upper Austria:

Ready-made salad failed the tests

Six out of ten ready-to-eat salads in the supermarket have been contaminated by yeast and mold fungus, according to consumer protection surveys by the Upper Austrian Labor…

Regarding widespread Salmonella contamination

US: Import alert for Mexican papayas

Imported papayas from Mexico remain under an import alert issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that permits US ports of entry to detain the Mexican produce without physical examination. FDA’s concern once again is the potential for widespread Salmonella contamination Mexican grown papayas for…

Letter from Mark Borman, President - Taylor Farms California

Taylor Farms to exclusively source from growers using treated water

"During the last year, the Romaine lettuce markets have been shut down two separate times by the federal government following epidemiological links of certain Romaine products…

Food Safety and Standard Authority of India:

‘More surveillance against harmful & banned substances for artificial ripening’

The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed food safety commissioners of all States to initiate effective surveillance and enforcement activities to rule out any possibility of ripening fruits with the aid of harmful & banned substances like calcium carbide or acetylene gas.…

California company recalls avocados as precaution against listeria

A major avocado producer announced a voluntary recall of avocados because of the potential that the California-grown whole avocados could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. California-based Henry Avocado Corp. says it has taken this step out of “an abundance of caution” based on positive test…

Indian High Court warns against use of carbide for fruit ripening

The Telangana high court has directed the state's law and order authorities to take strict action against wholesale fruit trades who use chemicals such as carbide to hasten the ripening of fruits. In a stern message to traders resorting to such practices, the high court bench of Chief Justice T B…

US food safety technology company expands to Europe

SmartWash Solutions™, a developer of food safety technologies, has expanded to Europe. SmartWash uses a combination of science, technology and engineering to food processing…

Yuma, Arizona

US: Romaine growers hopeful harvest will end without issues

Elston Grubaugh, general manager of the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District in the eastern Yuma growing area describes his mood about the current romaine lettuce…

WHO, FOA, CDC:

Recommendations for safe fruits and veg in developing countries

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eating plenty of safe fruits and vegetables can protect from some types of cancers, heart disease,…

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Greenyard recalls green beans for jimson weed risk

Greenyard Frozen France has recalled frozen green beans because they could contain parts of a poisonous plant commonly known as jimsom weed or jimsonweed. The scientific name of the plant is Datura stramonium and it contains high levels of tropane alkaloids including atropine, hyoscyamine and…

"Washing salad might in fact be riskier than not washing it"

Most people give a bagged salad a quick rinse with tap water before they eat it, just to get rid of pesticides or bugs. But according to new research, washing a salad might be making you more likely to get ill, not less. The Istituto Superiore di Sanità , the research arm of the Italian National Health…

India: Safe chemical ripening of fruits

Since January, mangoes have been arriving at the Gaddiannaram Fruit Market. The directive of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to use ethylene gas for ripening of mangoes is also in place. However, the traders say that the authorities are yet to establish a mechanism for this fruit…

E.Leclerc recalls frozen green beans at risk of containing a poisonous herb

The French hypermarket chain E.Leclerc is recalling several batches of extra-fine frozen green beans of the brand “Notre Jardin”, sold in 1 kg packages. These beans present a…

Potential risk of Listeria

Fullei Fresh recalls Organic Bean Sprouts

Fullei Fresh of Miami, Florida is voluntarily recalling Organic Bean Sprouts because they are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes . Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea,…

Harmonized Standard Audit now available from participating audit organizations

United Fresh has announced that the Harmonized Standard Audit is now available from the following auditing organizations: • Americert International • Ceres Certifications,…

USDA GAIN Report

Hong Kong lifts ban on imports & sales of Arizona romaine lettuce

Effective March 5, 2019, Hong Kong has lifted its ban on the import and sale of romaine lettuce harvested in Arizona. Hong Kong had implemented th e ban on April 23, 2018,…

Due to increased pesticide levels

Bosnian institute forbids tangerine imports from Turkey

Unsatisfactory results of phytosanitary inspections by officials from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), have led to the prohibition of the import of 20,400 kilograms of tangerine…

US FDA to adopt new methods to assess imports

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed a revised strategy to meet four goals in modernizing the oversight of imported foods. The aim is to reduce the number of…

The contaminated mushrooms came from China

Reasons for Morchella intoxication in Spain are still unknown

The mushrooms served by the Valencian restaurant Riff, and which may likely have caused illness in several diners, including a woman who died, came from China and were…

Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service opposes Methyl bromide ban

At this moment, the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) is going head-to-head with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) over the latter's recent ban on the use of methyl bromide as a pest control fumigant for crops. The Director General of the quarantine…

Colombia's Agricultural Institute has warned of the danger

Colombia: A batch of pears contaminated with insecticide

Through a statement, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) asked the population of Buenaventura and its surroundings not to consume pears as they have found a batch of…

Possible listeria problem Southern Specialties

Listeria in US food facility means recall of veggies sold at Walmart

After learning of a possible listeria problem, Southern Specialties -from Pompano Beach- recalled green beans and butternut squash sold at Walmarts in nine states. The recall announcement on their website says: “Although no actual food product has tested positive for the bacterium, a table surface at the…

Computer program aids food safety experts with pathogen testing

Cornell scientists have developed a computer program, Environmental Monitoring With an Agent-Based Model of listeria (EnABLe), to simulate the most likely locations in a processing facility where the deadly food-borne pathogen listeria monocytogenes might be found. Food safety managers may then test…

Vietnam: New food safety measures in agricultural sector

Under Vietnam’s action plan to ensure food safety in the agricultural sector, large-scale production areas for key national products will be expanded this year. Agricultural…

For fears might contain pieces of metal

UK: Supermarket Booths recalls chopped vegetables

Northern supermarket chain Booths has recalled five of its pre-cut vegetable mixes amid fears they may contain small pieces of metal. Booths - which has most of its branches in Lancashire - has taken its diced red onion, butternut squash & red onion soup mix, diced white onion, minestrone soup mix…

Ireland: Dunnes and SuperValu recall organic kale due to Listeria

Dunnes Stores and SuperValu have recalled their organic kale products as they contain Listeria. The affected products are the Dunnes Stores Organic Kale, pack size: 200g and the SuperValu Organic Kale, pack size: 200g. The affected Dunnes Stores products have the batch code: Lot: 5239 with ‘best-before’…

Legambiente report

Italian fruit and vegetables safe when it comes to residue levels

Legambiente's Stop Pesticidi dossier reports that Italian fresh produce is safe. 98.7% of samples analyzed are suitable and 61% presents no residue detectable by the equipment. 34% presents residues within the limits of he law. Nonetheless, the overall judgement given does not seem all that positive (…

USDA GAIN Report

Hong Kong lifts ban on romaine lettuce from California

In the evening of February 19, 2019, the Hong Kong government (HKG) informed the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) Hong Kong, that it would lift its ban on the import and sale of California romaine lettuce effective immediately. In connection with the previous food incidents concerning US romaine…

Shipments required to have test certificates

Kuwait extends period of checks on Egyptian fruit imports

Eng Adel Al-Suwait, Secretary-General of the Higher Committee for Food Safety at the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition has stated that the committee has recommended the…

Food Standards Australia New Zealand report

Food Standards Australia New Zealand report on strawberry tampering

The government’s response to tampering with Australian strawberries this past year was timely, but areas to improve have been identified in a Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) report. These include centralizing incident coordination to include relevant government agencies such as police, and…

Possible Listeria contamination

Canadian Food Recall - Eat Smart Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says certain Eat Smart brand Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Bags are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination. The affected product was sold in Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and possibly other provinces, in 340 gram packages with a…

Statement from FDA on investigation of November '18 outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acted quickly to protect consumers from an emerging outbreak of E. coli O157:H7…

NCSL helps make sense out of a maze of state food safety laws

The Nation al Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) - based in Denver - is the independent authority on the legislative bodies that govern America’s states and territories. With funding assistance from The Pew Charitable Trusts and NSF International, food safety has taken its place in the NCSL’s…

PrimusGFS Version 3 update training available online

The Produce Nerd has launched an online PrimusGFS Version 3 Update Training. This online training is garnered towards auditees who have yet to make the switch to PrimusGFS…

US (GA): Scientists use machine learning to identify source of Salmonella outbreaks

A team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Georgia, has developed a machine-learning approach that could lead to quicker identification of the animal source of certain Salmonella outbreaks. In the research, published in the January 2019 issue…

Top fruit safety guaranteed

Buyers of fruits, such as apples and pears, have stringent demands when it comes to fruit hygiene. Depending on the retailer and destination, very little or absolutely no detectable pathogens are allowed to be present on the peel of the fruit. At the same time, companies supplying these fruits are also faced with strict residue…

California: McCain Foods closes facility responsible for 2018’s largest food recall

McCain’s plant in Colton, California, processed millions of pounds of produce potentially contaminated with listeria and salmonella. In 2018 this affected salads at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, as well as frozen food products sold across the country. Now, McCain has closed its plant, which had processed…


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