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US (CA): Customers find mouse peeking head through tomatoes

Usually, when you go to the grocery store, you’re not expecting to see any rodents.But in Stockton, customers were surprised by one while picking up tomatoes.In a video, you can see at least one mouse peeking its head through a bunch of tomatoes.A customer says he made the discovery Sunday night at a Food 4.....

new EFSA guidance provides advice

Assessing allergenicity of GM plants

EFSA has published supplementary guidance on allergenicity to further strengthen risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants. The document considers new scientific and regulatory developments, complementing recommendations in existing guidance and regulations.What are the key points?The new guidance.....

EFSA public consultation: epidemiological studies and pesticides

EFSA has opened a public consultation on its scientific opinion looking at the use of epidemiological studies in risk assessment of pesticides.The opinion examines the methodological limitations that affect the quality of such studies and makes recommendations on how to improve their quality and reliability.....

July 21, Augusta

US: Produce safety training available to Maine growers

Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, AgMatters LLC, and University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will be hosting a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Augusta, ME.The.....

Ben Burgers, Roveg Fruit:

"One common standard across the entire globe"

Ben Burgers of Roveg Fruit BV has a lot of experience exporting and importing fresh produce from all over the world. That’s why he understands the importance of promoting good agricultural practices and implementing sustainable farming standards. In fact, he hopes that there will soon be only one common.....

Spain: Way to prevent fungi from infecting plants discovered

A group of researchers from the University of Cordoba (UCO) has discovered the most effective way to manipulate the structure of a pheromone that makes it possible to prevent fungal infections in plants. The finding was made possible thanks to the work of postdoctoral researchers David Turrá and Stefania.....

OSU develops water-resistant, antimicrobial edible wrap

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a water-resistant and antimicrobial edible film that has the potential to extend the shelf life of foods with wet surfaces, such as meat, cheese, and cut fruit and vegetables.The film is similar in texture and appearance to plastic wrap but it is edible.....

Purdue professor provides farmers market 're-fresher' for buyers and sellers

It’s that time of year when fresh produce and specialty foods are now seasonably abundant and with rising temperatures comes the rise of food safety concerns for buyers and sellers.by Cheri D Frederick, Purdue UniversityEver notice how quickly berries mold after you wash them?“Try to avoid washing fresh.....

US (CA): Food safety practices and costs for leafy greens

Foodborne illness linked to contaminated produce is a public health concern. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, established a risk-based approach to regulating food safety. For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will regulate on-farm food safety.....

Genomic sequencing in the palm of your hand

Within five years, consumers may begin using a device smaller than a flip phone to monitor the air, test their food or diagnose what germ caused an upset stomach. And the root of this capability points to what now is only for scientists — genome sequencing.That’s the message from a team of scientists from.....

EFSA renews membership of ANS and CEF Panels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published the names, Declarations of Interest and CVs of members of its renewed Scientific Panels on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS) and on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF). Members will serve on the.....

Encouraging agri-food exports by promoting EU safety standards abroad

The European Union (EU) has some of the most comprehensive food safety standards in the world, and a well-established system of controls to make sure that those standards are met. But the EU is also a market that is open to the world, encouraging trade with partner countries across the globe, and helping.....

New monitoring solution for food retailers

Polish-French venture, blulog, has developed a new temperature monitoring solution, dedicated especially for food retailers. The solution is composed of RF+NFC loggers that sends up to 44 measurements once it is connected to the hub."We wanted to create a solution that would provide players in the food and.....

Test fresh produce’s nitrate content and radiation at home

A new step in food safety. Chinese website Alibaba offers food counters that immediately measure the amount of nitrate in your fresh produce, and knows whether your food has been exposed to radioactive radiation. For approximately 100 dollar, you can own Greentest, the Portable High Quality Accuracy Food.....