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X-ray treatment facility to boost Victoria's horticulture industry

Victorian farmers will soon have an advantage in exports with a planned x-ray treatment facility at the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market in Epping.X-ray treatment is a phytosanitary measure that enables growers to meet export market access requirements. It is also an alternative to chemical.....

EU strengthens controls along the agri-food chain

New EU rules will strengthen the whole agri-food chain, from farm to fork, setting up comprehensive controls on food safety, feed, plant health, pesticides, animal health and welfare.The new EU regulation concerns operators at all stages of the food chain, setting up:unannounced, risk-based controls in all.....

April 11, Portland

US (ME): Produce Safety Alliance grower training

The course will provide a foundation of farm food safety best practices and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.Sponsored by: The University of Maine Cooperative Extension, University of New Hampshire Extension, University of.....

US: New produce safety grower training programs in Massachusetts

UMass Extension and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), along with co-sponsors, announce upcoming food safety training programs taking place at the end of this month.Cost for each program is $35, and includes the required PSA Grower Manual ($50 value), a Certificate of Course.....

70% of New Zealanders want country of origin labelling

More than 70 percent of New Zealanders want mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) for fruit and vegetables, a joint Consumer NZ and Horticulture New Zealand survey shows.“Seventy-one percent of New Zealanders want to know where their fresh, tinned, and frozen fruit and vegetables come from, and 70.....

US (NY): Post-harvest wash/pack shed operation training

CCE Steuben County, CCE Ontario County, and the Cornell Vegetable Program present a farm food safety training for post-harvest wash/pack shed operation. This half-day training will teach growers how to incorporate food safety principles into everyday practices.The training will focus on topic pack shed.....
Excesses of fluopyram by lettuce cultivator

Recall of Lollo Rossa in Belgium

On Friday 24 February, there was a recall of the lettuce strain Lollo Rossa in Belgium. This recall was reported by the RASFF portal of the European Commission, and has been determined at the REO Veiling as part of its automatic inspection system. The product contained an excess of fluopyram. It concerned 23.....

Bayer introduces Field Passport for more transparency

The value chain is becoming more complex and the need for traceability is increasing accordingly. With the Field Passport, Bayer Food Chain Partnership has made the growing process more transparent while improving good agricultural practices.Sitting in a restaurant, eating a nice meal and being waited on is.....

Netherlands: NVWA does not have to compensate pepper grower

A pepper grower cannot claim compensation after he was obliged to remove the greenhouse because of the presence of the African codling moth. The case took place end of 2013. The Ministry of Economic Affairs rejected the request for compensation rightly.The grower appealed to the Industry Board of Appeal but.....

Produce safety from greenhouse to table

Even in the dead of winter, consumers can enjoy fresh tomatoes, peppers and other produce, often thanks to the bounty from greenhouses scattered across the continent.Sanja Ilic is trying to make sure those vegetables are the safest possible.Ilic, the state food safety specialist for Ohio State University.....

Vegetables irrigated with sewage water causing hepatitis in Pakistan

The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has announced in a report that vegetables being grown with sewage water are causing diseases including hepatitis and cancer.According to the report, sewage water was not only hazardous in itself, but the use of cleaning acids in homes and chemicals in.....

February 24, Seymour

US (IN): Produce safety alliance grower training

This training is aimed at fruit and vegetable growers and others who are interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The course is one way to satisfy the.....

Asustralia: Growcom welcomes reforms to Hort Code

Peak horticulture group Growcom welcomed the Australian Government response to the independent review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct conducted in 2015.Chief Advocate, Rachel Mackenzie said that the government response proposes a range of reforms to enhance transparency and accountability in transactions.....

Study finds pesticides on tomatoes from Kolar, India

A study conducted by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) has found pesticide residues in tomatoes and bitter gourd originating from Kolar. After the discovery, experts from the research institute are asking the district to advise farmers on the dangers of the pesticide for consumers and.....