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Fresh cut vegetables recalled across North America after Listeria found

Mann Packing of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling minimally processed vegetable products because they may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.Mann Packing is issuing this recall in response to a single positive result found during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. To.....
Transparency from field to fork

Croatian platform makes FNV origin available for consumers

After years of working in the fresh fruit vegetable sector, Marko Kozjak saw the need to standardise product information and make it more accessible, especially for the end consumer."The concept design began in 2014, and I started the realisation of the project with private funding in 2016. During this time,.....

New Zealand: No food safety risks with food packaging materials

New data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) shows there are no food safety risks with the use of everyday food packaging materials such as plastic and paper.A recent MPI study on New Zealand foods looked at the transfer of chemicals from a range of food packaging types onto foods and whether or.....

Australia: Enhanced molecular technology set to improve and better safeguard Vic agriculture

Agriculture Victoria has received an infrastructure boost to its metabolomics and proteomics facility at the AgriBio Centre for AgriBioscience in Bundoora, Melbourne.The enhancements represent a $1 million investment by the Victorian Government and include new robotics for automated sample preparation and a.....

US: FDA hints it may look into marijuana health claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may start cracking down on claims that marijuana has health benefits that haven’t been proven, the agency’s commissioner said Tuesday.“I see people who are developing products who are making claims that marijuana has antitumor effects in the setting of cancer,” FDA.....

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research opens fresh produce research facility

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research will open its new research facility for quality control in the fruit, vegetable and flower sector on October 6, 2017. The facility brings together knowledge and expertise in post-harvest technology and agro-food robotics. Worldwide, the need for quality conservation is.....

Cambodia PM urges citizens to stop buying 'chemically grown vegetables'

Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen yesterday asked people to stop buying vegetables grown with the aid of chemicals in order to reduce imports, help local farmers and protect their health.“I would like to ask people to boycott chemical vegetables and to check them carefully before buying,” he said.“The.....

"Hallucinogen-tainted" Bonduelle spinach recalled in Italy

The Italian health ministry on Wednesday pulled from supermarket shelves Bonduelle frozen spinach they believed to contain the hallucinogenic plant Mandragora."The health ministry's move came after a family came down with Mandragora poisoning after eating some of the lot in Milan. The three family members.....

Contaminants in processed and fresh market vegetable crops

Contaminants are a major concern for vegetable processors and packers. Consequently, quality control/food safety programs have been developed by vegetable companies to reduce the risk of tainted products.One major concern in processed vegetables is foreign materials such as glass, metal, plastic, and stones......
October 17, Geneva

US (NY): Farm food safety and purchasing locally grown produce

Cornell Cooperative Extension through the Cornell Vegetable Program, the Lake Ontario Fruit Team, and NOFANY is presenting an educational session on farm food safety for all types of locally grown food buyers. Every person that buys locally grown produce directly from farmers should have a basic.....

European Parliament president visits EFSA

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, visited the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on 25 September 2017, where he met with EFSA’s Executive Director, Bernhard Url, and addressed all staff.It marked the first occasion that a President of the European Parliament has visited.....

WUR releases report on Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser

The MACView Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser is independently evaluated and tested on its performance by Wageningen University and Research. The test report is now released by the WUR and the report is published by EMS and publicly available.The Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser is tested on several.....

Accredited Dutch food and food-related laboratories for Japan

In order to streamline and accelerate food import procedures in Japan, MHLW has an obligatory approval program for foreign official laboratories who perform analysis of food and food-related products to be exported to Japan. The MHLW quarantine stations at the Japanese ports of entry only accept test reports.....

China: Bacterial Fruit Blotch found in chili seeds from Italy

Recently, the inspectors from Zhejiang Quarantine and Inspection Bureau inspected a batch of chili seeds imported from the UK, but originally from Italy and sent some samples to the lab for further testing. According to the results from both of the labs from the Technic Center of Zhejiang and Shanghai Entry/.....