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Food Safety


Increasing Fiji's fruit and veg exports with food irradiation

Fiji is seeking to increase the exports of its fruits and vegetables to international markets, and has presented a proposal for an IAEA technical cooperation (TC) project to support food irradiation for the 2018–2019 cycle. To support the preparation of this project, the IAEA carried out a pre-project.....

by Le Thu/Hoang Anh

Vietnam: Inadequacies in food safety inspections

The inspections of food safety for imported goods have caused many shortcomings, including time, costs and put a heavy pressure on the authorities.Violation rate is very lowAccording to analysis of the HCM City Customs Department, Clause 1b of Article 38 of the Law on Food Safety regulates: “Food, food.....

"No need for hysteria over reports of listeria in romaine lettuce"

A press release from Purdue University last week was titled Study reveals listeria bacteria can hide inside tissue of romaine lettuce – Common sanitization practices may not be sufficient in killing bacteria. Assistant Professor of Food Science Amanda Deering’s research revealed “that the bacteria could live.....

EFSA published almost 500 scientific outputs in 2016

EFSA has published its Annual Activity Report, presenting the results of its work carried out in 2016. From providing scientific risk assessments to implementing new methodologies and developing guidance documents, EFSA has addressed a wide range of issues in the field of food safety. The year 2016 also.....

April 11, Airdrie

CAN (AB): Troubleshooting Shelf Life workshop

The Troubleshooting Shelf Life workshop takes place on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Airdrie Provincial Building. “The workshop is designed for farmers’ market vendors and farm direct operators who want to understand food quality issues and how to determine the shelf life of food products,” says.....

April 28, Overton

US (TX): Produce safety course at Texas A&M

A produce safety course will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market Road 3053 N. in Overton on April 28.The course will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $100 for individuals, couples from the same household or co-workers.....

"Listeria bacteria can hide inside tissue of romaine lettuce"

A Purdue University study shows that the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes can live inside the tissue of romaine lettuce, suggesting that conventional post-harvest sanitization practices might not be sufficient to kill the potentially lethal pathogen.Research led by Amanda Deering, clinical assistant professor.....

Australia: More companies suspected of contaminated chemicals

Agrochemical companies Nufarm, Crop Care and Syngenta aren’t the only companies under investigation by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.The contaminated herbicides were recalled on December 8, 2016 and January 20 this year but Nufarm, Crop Care and Syngenta chose not to publicise.....

US: Funding opportunity for agriculture and food research

This AFRI Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. This requires an understanding of the.....

EU implements electronic system for certificates of inspection

The European Union (EU) is implementing a new system of electronic certificates of inspection for imports of organic products from the United States (and other third countries) in the Trade Control & Expert System (TRACES) – the EU’s existing electronic system for tracking movements of food products.....

US: FDA considers simplifying ag water standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is exploring ways to simplify the microbial quality and testing requirements for agricultural water established by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA’s) produce safety rule while still protecting public health.Agricultural water can be a major conduit of.....

April 10, Ocala

UF/IFAS to host farmer’s market food safety workshop

Farmer’s markets have been growing in popularity over the past decade, as consumers discover the benefits of buying farm-fresh food from local growers. However, increasing popularity has also raised food safety concerns for produce sold at farmer’s markets.The University of Florida Institute of Food and.....
April 12, Airdrie & April 13, Leduc

CAN (AB): Food labelling for local markets

The Food Labelling for Local Markets workshop takes place on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Agriculture Centre (97 East Lake Ramp NE) in Airdrie, and on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Agri-Food Business Centre (6547 Sparrow Drive) in Leduc.“Most foods in Canada must be labelled by law,” says Karen Goad,.....

April 10-11, Orlando

US (FL): Recall Ready Training Workshop

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rule on Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and according to this new food safety regulation, companies subject to the rule must have a written recall plan.Want to know what should.....