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Food Safety


Do secondary standards make our food safer?

In a panel discussion, five food chain experts tried to answer this question. Food safety, however, is only one aspect of the complexity of private standards.“As consumers, we all expect that the food we pick off the shelf will be safe,” said Stephen Humphreys of Bayer UK, who acted as moderator, at the.....

Romaine lettuce linked to E. coli cases in Quebec and Canadian Maritimes

The Montreal Gazette reports on the Public Health Agency of Canada urging consumers to use caution when preparing romaine lettuce in the wake of more than 20 cases of E. coli infections in three provinces, including Quebec.Most of the 13 cases were recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador; five occurred in New.....

US (IN): Purdue Extension provides Produce Safety Rule training

During 2018, the Purdue Extension produce safety training team will provide training for growers, packers, processors and sellers of fresh produce. Training sessions will be held at seven locations throughout Indiana in 2018 to help companies and individuals meet the requirements of the Food Safety.....

USDA awards $24M in grants towards increasing food safety

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for research, education, and extension projects that promote a safe, nutritious food supply. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).....

Russian food quality watchdog lifts export restrictions Belarusian companies

According to a belTA article, as of 4 December, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of Russia (Rosselkhoznadzor) lifted temporary restrictions on shipments of fruits and vegetables from three Belarusian companies.The restrictions had been introduced on 10 November 2017. After.....

Global ID acquires Italian provider of organic and food safety certifications

The Global ID Group, a market platform dedicated to providing food safety and food quality solutions, today announced that it has acquired Bioagricert, a certification and control body company based in Bologna, Italy. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Founded in 1984, Bioagricert provides.....
New research looks at impact on farmers and foodborne illnesses

“Economic effects of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act”

Nearly half of all foodborne illnesses in the United States are tied to fresh produce.In 2010, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed with the intent on regulating fresh produce marketed in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency in charge of FSMA, describes it as a.....

Egypt: Authorities reject 354 containers due to non conformity

The General Organisation for Export and Import Control (GOEIC) received approximately 19,584 imported food and industry containers during October.Inspection results showed the validity of 19,230 containers, while 354 were rejected for non-conformity to standards.The report pointed out that the number of.....

UK: Phytosanitary certificates required for tomatoes from 2018

All importers of fresh fruit and vegetables should be aware that EU Directive 2017/1279 has been published. This amends the EU Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC and will require tomatoes originating from all third countries (outside the EU but including Canary Islands, Ceuta, Melilla and the French Overseas.....

Bacterial survival related to free chlorine concentration

US microbiologists published the first report on the strong correlation between the survival of aerobic bacteria and free chlorine (FC) concentration in the wash water of fresh-cut vegetables. The study focused on Romaine lettuce, Iceberg lettuce and cabbages.Overall, the organic material load gradually.....

Italy: Innovative edible fruit coatings

Innovative edible organic coatings made using agri-food production waste to maintain nutritional values unaltered for longer without affecting flavour. This new concept comes from the University of Pisa, where a research group coordinated by Professor Annamaria Ranieri conducted an experiment whose results.....

EFSA promotes global approach to food safety on China visit

Global challenges require global solutions. This is the message that EFSA conveyed during a visit to China earlier this month. As part of the one-week programme, EFSA participated in a series of events and meetings with its Chinese, EU and international partners, promoting the need for global harmonisation.....

New tool predicts risk of plant disease

A newly developed technique can predict the risk of plant disease or infestation across the globe. Described in open-access journal Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, the technique considers pest-host interactions and the geographical distribution of vulnerable plants to provide maps of.....

US (VT): Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program accepting applications

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) will accept applications for Produce Safety Improvement Grants beginning November 15. Approximately $74,000 in funding is available in this round, and funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants. Applicants.....