Food Safety

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…

OFVGA submits response to government’s initiative to modernize Ontario’s Blue Box Program

The Blue Box Program is meant to reduce waste from the sector, but the OFVGA in their response look to address potential issues for growers that could arise from the program. The OFVGA states that the sector is aware that change is necessary to reduce waste production, and that the sector is looking for…

US: Number of foodborne illnesses associated with outbreaks in tomatoes has decreased

About 48 million episodes of foodborne illness and 3,000 deaths occur per year in the United States. The most common foodborne pathogens cause an estimated annual burden of $14 billion to $36 billion. Produce has been implicated in 46 percent of foodborne illness outbreaks. Tomatoes have been the source…

Reducing listeria contamination from salad vegetables

Research conducted in 2010 found that Listeria monocytogenes was not predominantly spread by water and chicken manure, two common farm inputs in Australian vegetable farming. It is however more prevalent in summer and in particular in Victoria. Silage and baled hay produced high numbers of L.…

Illinois study spotlights surprising finds in salads

When a dead bat was found in a package of salad greens in 2017, the Florida story spurred product recalls and national media attention. The incident, assumed to be rare, was one of dozens of cases of consumers finding animals – live, dead, or severed – in fresh produce over the past 15 years. A…

What’s really at risk when your farm isn’t recall-ready?

No matter how tight your production or streamlined your operations may be, every produce farm is vulnerable to food safety incidents — especially indoor farms. A controlled environment does not automatically eliminate climate changes, pest infestations, and contamination. In fact, according to food…

CanadaGAP to withdraw certification for Aquaponic production

A negative situation is brewing in Canada that could spread across borders and set back aquaponics’ progress worldwide. CanadaGAP, a government-recognized food safety…

Possible listeria contamination

Canada: Eat Smart kale salads recalled

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the 794-gram salad bags with best before dates of July 17 are being recalled in six provinces–Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The agency says the recall was triggered by test results and it…

Peruvian government greatly values quality control in own country

Groen Agro Control opens branch in Peru

As of January 1, Groen Agro Control has been expanded with a branch in Peru. And now, because sometimes things can go quickly, already fifteen people are working for the…

Over €100 million worth of fake food and drinks seized in Europol-Interpol operation

More than €100 million worth of potentially dangerous food and drinks was seized in the latest Operation OPSON, coordinated by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition and INTERPOL. 672 individuals were arrested so far, with investigations ongoing in many countries. Police, customs,…

U.S. and 15 others slam EU regulation of chemical crop protection at WTO

The United States and 15 other countries launched a broadside of criticism at the European Union on Thursday, saying its “hazard-based” approach to regulating chemical crop protection and other “critical tools” used by farmers was damaging livelihoods worldwide. Their statement, submitted to the World…

Organic sanitizer kills bacteria on fresh veggies

Food scientists have found that a combination of lactic acid with food grade sodium hypochlorite is an effective sanitizer to process fresh organic vegetables. Organic foods like vegetable sprouts are getting more popular as people become more aware of the potential benefits to their health and well…

Small fruits, lettuce and IQF products are at risk

Intensified checks put in place to prevent virus contamination

When it comes to IQF products, like small fruits and salads it is essential that companies pay particular attention to the hepatitis A and norovirus GI and GII viruses, which are responsible for gastrointestinal infections. These viruses are highly contagious even in small amounts and are transmitted…

Could watercress be the next kale?

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and University of California, Davis, teamed up to tackle an important topic: food safety. At the Breeding Crops for Enhanced Food Safety Conference in June, Alex Martin sat down with Gail Taylor, a professor and chair of the Department of Plant…

UK: Dr Natalia Falagán appointed to Food Standards Agency Scientific Advisory Committees

Dr. Natalia Falagán, a research fellow in food and science technology at Cranfield University, has been appointed to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Scientific Advisory…

Six suspects arrested in Brandenburg

Huge amount of drugs hidden under lettuce

Investigators found a lot of green stuff in Brandenburg: Hidden between lettuce heads, a truck had loaded 250 kilograms of grass. Last Friday, special units again struck out against an international drug ring: The marijuana truck came from Spain and was on the way to a warehouse in Großwoltersdorf…

Karl Shackleton - White Air Solutions

Air purification system kills pathogens, reduces waste and removes Ethylene

White Air Solutions, which was established in 2015 have developed an air purification system using photocatalytic oxidisation which extends storage capabilities and reduces waste by removing Ethylene and other VOC gases as well as viruses, pathogens, bacterial and fungal spores. “We have been working on…

US: Produce growers’ decision-making under evolving food safety standards

U.S. produce growers have faced increased demand for implementing food safety practices, prompted by a series of high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks. Most recently, the “Produce Rule” (PR) —mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011—presents a new set of federally mandated…

US: Produce Safety Alliance aims to demystify complex agriculture water rules

In an effort to ensure the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables for consumers, Cornell’s Produce Safety Alliance is helping to explain complex federal food safety rules and develop new ways to assess agricultural water use. “Water used during the production of fresh fruits and vegetables represents a…

Greenyard debt increases significantly

Greenyard’s debt has increased to seven times the amount of its gross profit. The company released its full year report of 2018/2019 and although Greenyard is trying to reform…

A study on mycotoxin contamination on Italian and Tunisian aromatic herbs and spices

Spices and aromatic herbs can be contaminated with mycotoxins due to their pre-harvest, post-harvest and storage conditions. Researchers from the University of Messina assessed the mycotoxin content of 112 samples from different species and aromatic herbs from Italy and Tunisia to highlight their…


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