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Food Safety


Australia: Space tomatoes seized in Sydney

Tomato seeds that were carried into space aboard a space shuttle and experimented on by astronauts in the 1980s only made it past Sydney's Biosecurity officers after a blast of gamma rays.The Tomato Rutgers California Supreme seeds were launched into space in April 1984 aboard NASA's Long Duration Exposure.....

Kenya: New agency to drive export standard compliance

The Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC) has been launched to support the industry’s growth by championing compliance with domestic and international quality standards and other market access requirements.Specifically, KHC will be responsible for enforcing compliance with horticulture standards for flowers and.....

STK signs distribution agreement with Syngenta Australia

STK (Stockton), a company in the development and marketing of botanical based solutions for food protection, has signed a Commercialization and Distribution agreement with Syngenta Australia (Syngenta). The agreement grants Syngenta the exclusive right to distribute STK’s Timorex Gold biofungicide for.....

Food packaging chemical found to increase onset of chronic disease

A study of 1500 South Australian men found a link between several chronic diseases and phthalates – a group of chemicals used widely in food packaging.The results, which have been published in the international journal Environmental Research, detected phthalates in the urine samples of 99.6 per cent of men.....

Keeping food supply safer using computer software

Food safety research usually involves analyzing live populations of foodborne pathogens like Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli, but University of Georgia food scientist Henk den Bakker fights pathogens by developing computer software. The newest addition to the UGA Center for Food Safety (CFS) in Griffin,.....

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Salmonella enterica in nutrient solution of hydroponic tomatoes

Hydroponic greenhouse tomato production’s popularity has grown in the United States to meet the demands for year-round availability of fresh tomatoes. Although Salmonella has been the cause of several foodborne illness outbreaks linked to tomatoes, the potential for contamination in hydroponic production is.....

CAN (ON): Waterloo company prototypes light-based food inspection

Good lighting can do more than illuminate your salad. It can actually tell you the quality of those soon-to-be ingested leafy greens.With the right technology, light can be used to measure the quality of food in real-time. When it comes to food processing, that can help make for more efficient and less.....

UN adopts code of hygienic practice for fresh fruits and vegetables

The United Nations food standards body Codex Alimentarius Commission is meeting in Geneva from 17 to 22 July 2017 to adopt food safety and quality standards.Charged with protecting consumer health and ensuring fair practices in the food trade, the Codex Alimentarius is a joint initiative of the Food and.....

FAO, WTO release Trade and Food Standards report

The FAO and WTO have released the Trade and Food Standards report. This publication explains how international food safety standards are set through the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Food Standards Programme – the Codex Alimentarius.....

Identifying food safety hazards in greenhouse systems

According to the United States Department of Agriculture 2012 Census of Agriculture, sales from greenhouse-grown food crops equaled around $800 million in the U.S. Crops grown included tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, and berries, with hydroponic production operations making up about 64% of the total.....

August 8, Hurley

US (NY): Food safety, wash water sanitizing, and workflow in the packshed

Join NOFA New York for an afternoon workshop on post-harvest considerations in the wash line and packing house. Robert Hadad, Regional Vegetable Specialist, Cornell Vegetable Program will tie food safety practices to the wash-and-pack, covering facility design, product flow, wash techniques and sanitizers,.....
National EFP Summit will take place again this November

Canada: Connecting the value chain from farm to fork

The National Environmental Farm Plan (NEFP) steering committee invites Agri-food stakeholders from across the value chain to attend the second annual NEFP Summit in Ottawa this November. Building on unprecedented support from last year’s summit, attendees will further develop this national standard designed.....

High fines for Hong Kong pesticide violations

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced that a cucumber sample was found to contain pesticide residue at a level exceeding the legal limit. The CFS is following up on the case.A CFS spokesman said, "The CFS collected the cucumber sample at import level for.....

US customs seizes two tons of marijuana disguised as lettuce

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to work at the Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge seized nearly two tons of alleged marijuana in one enforcement action valued over $740,000.“This is truly an example of our CBP officers’ hard work, experience and dedication to the CBP.....