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EFSA reviews glyphosate residue levels

EFSA has completed its review of the maximum levels of glyphosate that are legally permitted to be present in food. The review is based on data on glyphosate residues in food submitted to EFSA by all EU Member States.The maximum residue levels (MRLs) are set to ensure that consumers continue to be protected.....

US: GMO labeling proposed rule open for public comment

The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law charges AMS with developing a national mandatory system for disclosing the presence of bioengineered material. USDA has established a working group to develop a timeline for rulemaking and to ensure an open and transparent process for effectively establishing.....

US: Technology turns smartphones into foodborne illness detectors

Purdue University researchers have developed detection technology that allows a typical smartphone to analyze produce for foodborne pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7, which has been linked to a deadly outbreak in romaine lettuce.The technology involves both hardware – a smartphone cradle – and software in.....

Sri Lanka: Jiffy gets ISO certification for food safety

Jiffy Products Sri Lanka is the first producer of horticultural coco substrates and propagation systems which, per May 8th, has been certified according to the EN-ISO 22000:2005 standards. Audits performed by DNV GL have shown the management system for food safety defined in this EU standard has been.....

Australia allocates $121.6 million budget for national biosecurity

Australian vegetable growers have welcomed the government’s increased investment in the nation’s biosecurity sector announced in this week’s Federal Budget, with industry representative body AUSVEG saying it is critical to ensuring Australia’s agricultural production systems are protected.A total of $121.6.....

Californian man suing Hilton Houston

Banana peel slip on lettuce leave - $200,000 to $1 million claim

A California man is suing the Hilton Houston Downtown after he says he slipped on a piece of lettuce and was "severely injured."William Anthony Packard of Orange County filed the lawsuit against hotel owner American Liberty Hospitality Inc. on April 17 in Harris County District Court. Packard is seeking.....

US: E. coli outbreak spreads to another state

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Tuesday that 10 people have become sick with the illness.In the CDC’s most recent figures, which were released last week, the outbreak has resulted in 121 E. coli cases and 52 hospitalizations nationwide. It originated with romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, AZ,.....

US (WI): E. Coli outbreak found to have spread to Wisconsin

After the Centers for Disease Control recalled romaine lettuce for reported cases of E. Coli exposure, health officials recently added Wisconsin, Mississippi and Tennessee to the list of states reporting food poisoning cases linked to the outbreak.The CDC has pinpointed Yuma, Arizona as the region likely.....

International Plant Protection Convention

Global body adopts new measures to stop spread of plant pests

Each year an estimated 10-16 percent of the global harvest is lost to plant pests; an estimated $220 billion. This was a statement by FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo at the opening of this year's IPPC annual meeting in Rome. The International Plant Protection Convention, the body in charge of.....

US: Protecting agriculture on the internet

While we are raising awareness about invasive pests during Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, I wanted to share a bit about what I do every day to protect agriculture. When you picture someone on the front lines of stopping invasive pests, you probably picture someone outside – in a field or a.....

E. coli O157:H7 outbreak information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified one farm as a source of the whole-head romaine lettuce that sickened several people at a correctional facility in Alaska as part of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. However, the agency has not determined where in the supply chain the.....
Industry reinforces rigorous food safety handling practices

US (AZ): Leafy greens industry unites around recent romaine outbreak

While romaine production in Arizona has slowed for the season, those involved in the production and shipment of Arizona leafy greens vegetables are working diligently with federal agencies and other industry partners to gather accurate information to share with consumers in light of the recent E. coli.....

Smell turns out to be rotten durian fruit

Australian university evacuated over 'gas leak'

This weekend, more than 500 people were evacuated from a university in Melbourne after the smell of a rotting durian fruit was mistaken for a gas leak. The smell of durian has been compared to onions, sewage and even turpentine. Emergency services crews dressed in specialist masks carried out a.....

US: Ag, food security enable national security

Why is the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) interested in agriculture? Blake Bextine, Ph.D., a DARPA researcher, answered that question via a phone interview at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Crop, Animal, and Food Tech Showcase at the Cotton Room in downtown.....