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US: Ag, food security enable national security

Why is the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) interested in agriculture? Blake Bextine, Ph.D., a DARPA researcher, answered that question via a phone interview at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Crop, Animal, and Food Tech Showcase at the Cotton Room in downtown.....

North America: Grower recalls microgreens over listeria concerns

Greenbelt Microgreens were informed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that Listeria was detected in their broccoli Microgreens in Washington state. As a precautionary measure, they have voluntarily recalled all 19 microgreen products produced in Maple Ridge, BC which were distributed to BC, AB, Oregon,.....

15 tons of infected Israeli tomatoes detained in Novorossijsk

During the inspection of a tomato batch from Israeli of 15 tons at the sea customs check point Novorossijsk, the specialists of the regional Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance have discovered live image of a quarantine object, South American tomato moth.FSBI Medical Veterinary.....

Tasmania lifts ban on fruit from Melbourne fumigation facility

Tasmania's Biosecurity Department has lifted a ban on fruit and vegetable imports from a Melbourne plant, that was linked to a fruit fly outbreak. The ban on fresh produce imports from the Melbourne fumigation facility - linked to a fruit fly outbreak - was implemented earlier this year. Fruit and vegetables.....

Research into perchlorate flushing shows:

It is difficult to remove perchlorate from the ground

In the last years there repeatedlyhas been found measures of perchlorate (ClO4-)at a number of organic greenhouse growers, higher than the NVWA norm. This was particularly the case with cucumbers. At one company the concentration of perchlorate in the ground and in the fruits were persistent; in a number of.....

Dutch government finances Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre

On April 12, the Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Sciences announced the funding of Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC) as part of the National Roadmap for Large-scale Scientific Infrastructure of the Dutch government. The NPEC facility is an initiative of Wageningen University &.....

Pepper plant sops up personal care product antibiotic

It sometimes can be hard to find toothpastes, soaps and other toiletries without antibiotics. Their popularity has caused an increase in environmental levels of antimicrobial substances, such as triclocarban (TCC), which end up in the water and soil used to grow crops. Scientists report in the ACS’ Journal.....

Paraguay suspends tomato imports

Producers and importers of fruit and vegetable products met Monday afternoon in the premises of the National Plant Health, Seed and Quality Service (Senave), where producers requested no more Afidis (Phytosanitary Import Authorization) for tomatoes, as there is a good production of tomatoes in the area of 3.....
Chopped, bagged romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region

US: Government narrows E. coli outbreak search

According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is suspected in an E. coli outbreak that has hospitalized 22 people. To date, 35 cases have been reported in 11 states, the CDC said. No one has died. Three people have.....

"“Dirty Dozen” list is inaccurate and harmful"

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) is calling the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list both “inaccurate” and “harmful” to Americans. The report, issued annually, offers consumers an extremely biased view of various fruits and vegetables to avoid based on misleading and flawed reporting by the.....
Pomegranates, bell peppers and lettuce from Turkey have successfully gone through quarantine

Vegetables and fruit from Turkey allowed into Russia

By Nadezhda GoncharovaThe administration of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance in the Republic of Karelia (Russia) informed that since March 5, 2018 the Ministry of food, agriculture and livestock of Turkey is allowed to import certain kinds of quarantined produce on the.....

Pesticide-free: a third actor in the 'war' between conventional and organic

"Personally, it seems obvious to me that the pesticide-free range will have a better future than the organic range," says Olivier Brailly from the French company Groupe MGD. "For a certain class of people, the conventional is almost diabolical, although all over Europe really dangerous pesticides are.....

Government of Canada invests $80 million in Centre for Plant Health

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) relies on science to contribute to evidence-based decisions that protect Canada's food, animal and plant resources.Now the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of $80 million to replace the Centre for.....

US: Food Safety Modernization Act exemptions

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published updated information for producers and small businesses trying to determine whether and to what extent they may be impacted by FDA’s new food safety rules.Certain farms that grow produce and food processors can be exempt from the rules depending on how much.....