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Food Safety


India: IHHR opens new food safety lab

A state of the art Food Safety Referral Laboratory for testing contaminants in food, especially in horticultural produce has been recently established at ICAR-IIHR. The laboratory was inaugurated on 8th January, 2017. The laboratory has been established with support from ICAR. The Laboratory is an ultra.....

More pesticides than iron in Indian spinach

Spinach, well known for its rich iron content, comes laced with insecticides in Hyderabad as found by a study published recently by researchers from the Department of Entomology at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University.To carry out the study, researchers G Geetha and C Sreenivas,.....

Pakistani research call for legislation to ensure food security

In Pakistan, food experts and researchers have called for legislation to ensure food security through allocation of adequate funds for research on crops, and stop establishment of human settlements on fertile agricultural land.They were speaking at the third international conference on agriculture, food and.....

Icicles from overhead power lines damages Belgian greenhouses

Belgian lettuce grower Paul Adriaenssens doesn’t know about iceberg lettuce, but he certainly doesn’t want to know about icicles. Last weekend his greenhouse was pierced by icicles that slid off high voltage transmission towers. Now the question is who will be paying for the damage."Due to food safety.....

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US (FL): Produce Safety Alliance offers grower training course

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety, can register for this course. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way.....
Only Demeter and Bioland produce without residue

Germany: "Lamb's lettuce contains moderate amounts of crop protection"

Lamb's lettuce is healthy, tasty and perfectly suitable for a winter salad. However, according to a German study, the exquisite leaves contain more chemical residues than other vegetables.Lamb's lettuce is the superman of the lettuce varieties. It contains more potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C and iron.....

New test detects all known Shiga toxins

Most Escherichia coli bacteria living inside the intestines of humans and other animals are harmless and important to our health. But some types of E. coli can make us sick. These types, or strains, of E. coli produce a toxin called “Shiga toxin,” which can cause diarrhea and disease. The name for these.....

GlobalGAP releases guide on FSMA Produce Safety Rule

GlobalGAP has now published a new guide for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).The GlobalGAP User’s Guide and Self Assessment for FSMA Produce Safety Rule Compliance supports Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) users in efficiently meeting Produce Safety Rule (Produce Rule) requirements......
Krysta Harden, DuPont’s Chief Sustainability Officer:

"The world’s agricultural systems must evolve"

Krysta Harden joined DuPont in February 2016 as the company’s Vice President of Public Policy and second Chief Sustainability Officer. Prior to joining DuPont, she served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she helped to shape national food and agriculture policy.Krysta.....

Hygiena to acquire food safety diagnostics business from DuPont

DuPont Nutrition & Health and Hygiena, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company that specializes in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing, announced that Hygiena will acquire DuPont’s global food safety diagnostics business. The acquisition includes all of DuPont Diagnostics business assets,.....

"Tomato growers lose millions thanks to false FDA warning"

Last week the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government could not be held financially responsible for issuing erroneous warnings about the source of an outbreak of foodborne illness that caused the loss of millions of dollars of tomatoes.The warnings, issued by the FDA in 2008, turned.....

Huub Hermus, Plantenkwekerij Van der Lugt

"One-on-one grafting makes for more vigorous plants"

French cooperatives Saveol and SolaRenne focus fully on tomato production. They set high standards for their tomato plants, and for that reason they chose to be supplied by Dutch propagator Plantenkwekerij Van der Lugt. "Slowly, more and more French growers opt for 1 on 1 grafted plants......

Addressing problems with phytosanitary certificates in Japan

The phytosanitary inspection services of Japan is used to closely examine your export-related documents used for shipping. Document failures are not accepted. The most effective way to avoid problems is to double check the accuracy and completeness of the documents accompanying the products and goods you are.....

Morocco: Seed company beats shelf-life worries

Agrosem, a seed company based in Morocco, has developed a new tomato variety in its quest to extend the season for its tomatoes, as well as dealing with the shelf-life dilemma. The new tomato variety is known as SV7 – 886TH or Mexico 86, a new medium variety segment with 20 days shelf-life. It has a better.....