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US: APHIS launches webpage for frequently requested records

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is launching a new “Frequently Requested Records” page on their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) e-reading room, in accordance with the FOIA statute. The new page will contain copies of frequently.....

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition:

"Briefing underscores need for Farm Bill investments in food safety"

Food safety is always on farmers’ minds, but this year – with the Farm Bill on the horizon and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implementing its new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations – farmers will be closely following federal food safety policy debates. Last week, farmers and food.....

Tasmania: Authorities seize produce taken outside exclusion zones

Biosecurity Tasmania has seized up to 40 kilograms of fruit which was taken out of the fruit fly control zone in Tasmania's north-west. Nick Hansen from Fruit Growers Tasmania said officers confiscated the pest host fruit. "This was produce that was either grown in the control zone or had travelled through.....

Health risks obvious

Solomon Islands: Some vegetables from Honiara are unsafe

Vegetables grown near the garbage dump site of Ranadi -a suburb of Honiara, the Solomon Islands- are unsafe for human consumption, says a researcher from the University of South Pacific, Fiji. Dickson Boboria, who was due to present his doctorate paper this year, cautioned the Honiara public to be aware of.....
More than 78 tons seized since May 2016

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority seizes banned vegetables

More than 78 tons of banned vegetables worth 7.9 million Bhutanese Ngultrum (100,000 euros) were seized following the ban of green chilli, cauliflower and beans in the country since 2016. The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority temporarily banned cauliflowers and beans in May 2016. Following.....

Joint project by Grufesa and Amc Chemical

Spain: Technology to extend strawberry shelf life by 40%

Grufesa, a Moguer-based producer and marketer of berries, and the company AMC Chemical are behind the project "Development of a new integral technology based on different bioefectors to extend the shelf life of strawberries" (IDI-20160667), funded by the Centre for Industrial Technological Development.....

EFSA calls for more public investment in food safety research

National food safety authorities from all 28 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway have called for more public investment in food safety research and given a commitment to support European research through partnership building and training, among a range of other measures.In a joint statement with the.....
QS and DFHV present 9th monitoring report at Fruit Logistica 2018

Germany: Fresh fruits and vegetables shine in residue analyses

In the extensive analysis spectrum of the two monitoring programs of the QS Fachgesellschaft Obst, Gemüse, Kartoffeln GmbH (QS) and the German Fruit Trade Association (DFHV), 26,771 fruit and vegetable samples from 73 countries of origin were analyzed. The results are convincing across the board and show the.....

Russian agricultural watchdog allows tomato imports from five more Turkish companies

Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has allowed five more Turkish enterprises to supply tomatoes to Russia, starting February 1, 2018. The permission was granted under the guarantee of the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock. Rosselkhoznadzor experts had inspected the companies in.....

Austria: Tomato products recalled due to broken glass

On 26.01.2018, REWE International AG has recalled the entire inventory from the ‘Yes! Naturally’ tomato products in glass containers. Reason for the recall is a possible presence of glass fragments in the products. ‘Yes! Naturally’ is a trademark of the Austrian food company Rewe International. It is not to.....

Rwandan horticulture exporter gets GlobalGAP certification

Local Rwandan horticulture exporter, Nature Fresh Foods export has received the global certification for meeting agricultural best practices and standards. Sporting the GlobalGAP certification, this firm will now find it easier to export its produce across the world without any limitations. It is the second.....

Sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants

US: FDA investigates salmonella outbreak linked to raw sprouts

The FDA advises consumers not to eat sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin; the product has the potential to cause salmonellosis.Epidemiologic evidence indicates that raw sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants are a likely source of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella.....

Taipei nutritionist dispels online rumours

"Tomatoes safe to eat on empty stomach"

Online rumours that eating tomatoes on an empty stomach is dangerous have now been rejected by a nutritionist. Suggestions were floating around that astringents in tomatoes could harden and block the digestive tract when interacting with stomach acids. These are unfounded, said Changhua Christian Hospital.....

China: Stricter supervision of Shanghai strawberry growers

Shanghai's Agricultural Commission is increasing supervision of its food safety traceability system on strawberries to cover more local suppliers. This system enables Shanghai residents to find out the strawberries' origin and quality indexes, simply by scanning a QR code on the package.The Shanghai.....