Food Safety

Deadly fungus found in Far North Queensland

The Poison Fire Coral, one of world’s deadliest fungi, has been found in Far North Queensland for the first time. It is a long way from its usual home in the mountains of Japan and Korea. Dr Matt Barrett  of James Cook University, confirmed the identity of the Poison Fire Coral fungus after local photographer…

Until now 71 people infected

Tomatoes linked to Salmonella outbreak in Sweden

Tomatoes are the probable source of a Salmonella outbreak in Sweden, according to public health officials. Folkhälsomyndigheten (Public Health Agency of Sweden) identified 71…

Outbreak traced to basil from Mexico

CDC: 241 confirmed victims in Cyclospora outbreak

Last Monday, the CDC waited declared an end to a cyclosporiasis outbreak that was traced to basil from Mexico. The tally of laboratory-confirmed patients stands at 241, with…

United Fresh and PMA issue joint statement on Romaine Task Force report

Below is a joint statement from Cathy Burns, CEO, Produce Marketing Association and Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association: "After the immediate crisis…

FDA launches initiative to research risk factors for E.coli contamination

Following the largest E.coli O157:H7 outbreak in the United States since 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a new initiative to better understand the…

Listeria risk prompts recall of salad kits and bagged kale

Randsland Farms Inc. is recalling bagged salad kits and kale because federal inspectors found they are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. “This recall was triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) inspection activities,” according to a recall notice on the agency’s…

United Fresh announces new Produce Safety Immersion Program

United Fresh Produce Association has launched its newest leadership development offering, the Produce Safety Immersion Program, which it says is developed to build the…

Results of FDA sampling of fresh herbs and processed avocado

Fresh cilantro, parsley and basil are typically eaten without having undergone a ‘kill step,’ such as cooking, to reduce or eliminate bacteria. These herbs are grown low to the ground and therefore are susceptible to contamination (e.g., from irrigation water splashing off the soil). As of July 1, 2019,…

The Challenge of Change

City governments are realising they cannot continue growth by pushing away the 'Green Belt'

People living in cities are set to become major policy makers and ultimately the drivers of sustainability changes, according to global tech company Priva. The company's CEO and co-owner Meiny Prins told the Protected Cropping Conference on the Gold Coast that every three months, a new city of nine…

Products recalled after spinach found to be potentially contaminated with E. coli

Urban Remedy, a California-based producer and retailer of ultra-fresh, organic meals, is voluntarily recalling 76 salads and wraps that contain spinach that may be contaminated with E. coli. Seventy-six salads and wraps are still unaccounted for. No juices or any other products are being recalled. “In an…

"Vaccinating for tomato viruses is the future"

Abbreviations such as CMV, TYLCV, ToMV, ToMMV, TSWV terrorise tomato growers nowadays, as they represent the acronyms of some of the viruses that damage both greenhouse and open-field crops. Growers spend most of their money trying to control the spreading of viruses. Hygiene measures, crop protection,…

University of Pennsylvania research: biofilm makes Listeria elusive

The NFO reports that dangerous bacteria in a packaging station may hide under a biofilm of safe bacteria. This is based on the results of research done in three American apple…

US: Unapproved chemical crop protection on basil from two Oahu farms

The state of Hawaii has ordered two Oahu farms to stop selling fresh basil that tested positive for unapproved chemical crop protection during routine sampling. It concerns…

Performing functions of Rosselkhoznadzor and Rospotrebnadzor

Russia: Federal Customs Service experiment

As an experiment (planned to run until January 1, 2022) Customs officers will perform the functions of the Rosselkhoznadzor and Rospotrebnadzor at some checkpoints. According…

Cyclosporiasis outbreak hit patients in 11 states

US: 22 people sick in Florida - linked to basil

A parasitic illness outbreak has sickened at least 22 Florida restaurant customers in the last month. The cyclosporiasis outbreak has hit patients in 11 states, sending four…

Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health study

Report: Highly contaminated Ugandan tomatoes

Up to eight harmful pesticide contaminants have been found in tomatoes sold in major markets in Kampala and other parts of Uganda. The study by the Uganda National Association…

No processing facilities were tested

FDA releases results of romaine lettuce sampling assignment in Yuma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released the results of a sampling assignment that tested romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, AZ agricultural region for pathogenic…

Dole Fresh Vegetables announces precautionary limited recall of baby spinach

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of baby spinach. The products being recalled are 6 oz Dole Baby Spinach bag, Lot code W20308A…

UK: Upcoming training about health and safety in horticulture

Following demand, Tyfu Cymru has organised a Health and Safety - Agriculture and Horticulture training course. Support your land-based sector by developing your knowledge and understanding of health and safety within agriculture and horticulture. The sector sees some of the highest numbers of accidents…

Report assesses state of food security and nutrition in the world

Five UN agencies, The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Program (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO), have released The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the…


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