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US: Food source scares result in increased demand for greenhouse lettuce

While local outdoor production of lettuce is putting pressure on greenhouse growers, shifts in demand and recent food source scares seem to be making up the difference. “Lettuce is seeing a pretty even keel between supply and demand,” says John Bonner with Great Lakes Growers in Burton, Ohio. Great Lakes.....

Process solution integrated with Blockchain technology introduced in US

A large machinery group and a dynamic startup: an alliance which has Industry 4.0 technologies, grown between Veneto and Silicon Valley. Taking advantage of the combination of two important events, the United Fresh Show in Chicago and the Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas, the Turatti Group from Cavarzere.....

Ireland: Creed launches Food Safety and Food Authenticity Strategy

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., launched his Department’s Food Safety and Food Authenticity Strategy to an audience of key stakeholders in the agri-food sector and regulatory partners from Government and State bodies.Commenting on the importance of food safety and food.....

US: Cyclospora parasite cases linked to McDonald’s salads

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of approximately 90 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite. Cases have been reported in counties across Illinois with people becoming ill starting in mid-May.The initial.....

US: Pathogen contamination a leading reason for food recalls

Both USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversee food product recalls—the removal of risky food products from the U.S. marketplace.From 2004 to 2013, there were 4,900 food recall events in the United States involving a wide variety of foods. Most of these.....

"Baby spinach will be fresher and longer-lasting"

A Tasmanian research project is working on increasing the shelf life of baby spinach and other baby salad leaves, so it keeps fresh in your fridge for longer.The research is being done by PhD candidate Vongai Dakwa with research partner Houston’s Farm, a Tasmanian grower and processor of baby leafy salad.....

UK: Tomato-throwing yobs injure Southend bus driver

A number of Arriva buses in Southend were targeted along the number One and Seven routes on Thursday evening by unknown people throwing tomatoes at the drivers. During the incidents two drivers were pelted while driving. One driver was injured during the attacks, fortunately no passengers were hit.The first.....

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Technology promises to calculate "true" shelf life

One of the causes of food waste is produce that goes bad earlier than expected. Of course, shipping produce that is fresh is the goal of every grower. In what manner it arrives and how fresh it remains once in the store, however, is largely out of their control. Furthermore, it is also in the retailer's best.....

Europe: Listeria outbreak causes retailers to remove frozen vegetables

Food contamination can take a toll on the food industry internationally. Food borne illnesses, such as listeria outbreaks, can pose serious health risks for consumers and can frequently lead to a recall crisis for food manufacturers. The latest listeria hysteria to hit the headlines is Greenyard Frozen UK.....

Carrefour uses blockchain technology for tomatoes

Carrefour has started to used blockchain technology for their long Cauralina tomatoes. The tomatoes are from their partnership with the Paysans de Rougeline cooperative that they have had since 2015. This particular variety is farmed by 9 producers in Marmande and Roussillon without using weedkillers.The.....

Russia bans import of strawberry seedlings from two Dutch nurseries

Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance ‘Rosselkhoznadzor’ has revoked the import permits for strawberry planting material from the Dutch nurseries Rapo Verkoop BV and Flevoplant BV.These measures were taken to prevent the spread of wild strawberry anthracnose (Colletotrichum.....

Hong Kong: Residue in prepackaged British Cucumber

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department on July 5 announced that a pre-packaged cucumber sample was found to have pesticide residues at a level exceeding the legal limit. The CFS is following up on the case.Details of the product: Product: British CucumberPlace of.....

US: More people confirmed with parasites linked to Del Monte vegetables

US public health officials have confirmed that dozens more people have parasitic infections linked to trays of fresh, pre-cut vegetables that Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled in mid-June. The case count stands at 185, having increased by more than 100 since the outbreak was announced by the Centers for.....

UK woman finds frog in her lettuce

Shevaughan Tolputt from Carn Brea in Cornwall got a shock when she found a frog lurking among the leaves of her freshly bought lettuce. "I was shocked, but I can also see the funny side of it," she said. "I peeled off the outer layers of the lettuce and there it was.” Retailer Aldi has apologised and said it.....