Food Safety

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…

Tomatoes cause Ariana Grande to cancel shows

Not really sure if any of our readers planned to go there, but if you have wondered why popstar Ariana Grande had to cancel two shows in Florida this week, it is because of tomatoes. The singer was supposed to give two shows this week, but had to cancel since she felt "incredibly sick today, ran to my…

Urging consumers to buy their greens

New Jersey farmers still feeling the effects of E. coli recalls

The unofficial start to summer also means the beginning of a season full of Jersey Fresh produce but romaine lettuce growers there say they’re struggling to sell the crop. They claim they are still feeling the effects of two recalls due to the discovery of E.coli, even though the bacteria strain was…

Denmark and Sweden: Ongoing Yersinia outbreak traced to fresh spinach

An outbreak of Yersinia in Denmark and Sweden with more than 50 cases has been linked to fresh spinach. Statens Serum Institut, a public health research institute in Denmark,…

CDC warns against pre-cut melon and tahini used in hummus

The Centers for Disease Control had some gloomy warnings to kick off Memorial Day Weekend. Pre-cut melon and a popular type of tahini –used in summer salads and hummus– are…

"If you wouldn’t be comfortable drinking your process water, you shouldn’t be comfortable using it on produce"

On May 22, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency added a Class 1 (high risk) recall for microgreens – due to listeria contamination – to its Food Recall Report. "Food recalls are serious business", Jim Shubat with SanEco Tec says. "Producers face heavy financial consequences; consumers are exposed to…

“Mix Spicy Microgreens”

Canadian officials recall microgreens

Canadian officials are warning the public to avoid eating certain microgreens because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. In a recall notice posted May 22, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported that Pousses et Cie brand “Mix Spicy Microgreens” that were distributed in Quebec…

Environmental Protection Agency alarmed at releases in Sanger

EPA: Del Monte Fresh Produce fined for ammonia release in California

Del Monte Fresh Produce in Sanger has reached a settlement for ammonia release and emergency response violations, the Environmental Protection Agency says. The EPA says Del…

August 14, Sydney

Environmental change: Implications for fresh produce food safety

The sixth annual conference of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia and New Zealand will be held at The Refectory, Level 4, Holme Building, Science Road, The University of Sydney on Wednesday 14 August 2019 from 8.30am – 6.00pm. Registrations open on Monday 17 June. Pre-conference question: What do…

The decision is taken following the Russian ban last year

Turkey takes protective measures for tomatoes

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has taken action following an increase in the return of exported products. Last year, Russian officials detected insect pests and…

GlobalGAP certification for demonstration greenhouse in Myanmar

The demonstration greenhouse in Heho, Shan State, Myanmar is now awarded by the GlobalGAP certification for Crops for Processing (CfP). Demonstration greenhouse Since 2015 a Dutch consortium consisting of Larive International (together with its Myanmar-based affiliate Thura Swiss), Rijk Zwaan, Koppert,…

Hong Kong: Pesticides found in organic vegetables

More than 7 out of 10 samples of the vegetables sold in Hong Kong markets have tested positive for pesticide residues, says the Hong Kong Baptist University. The university’s…

99% reduction

Ozone reduces the risk of foodborne pathogens in overseas shipments

Fresh produce travels the globe to find its way to the end-consumer. The fruit market in particular is very global with about nine percent of all fruits grown being traded internationally. The majority is shipped in refrigerated ocean containers. During the transit process different factors determine the…

Wendy's is advertising their greenhouse-grown tomatoes

Remember how last year Wendy's, the US third-largest fast-food burger chain, said it would only be sourcing vine-ripened greenhouse-grown tomatoes for use in its US and Canada locations? It seems they've succeeded: Ever since this year they promote their new burgers with 'greenhouse-grown' tomatoes.…

Jerry Hjelle:

"There’s mounting pressure to grow and market safer products"

Crop Enhancement provides a pathway to improving how we grow food and will have a lasting impact on today’s food production chain. But what are the regulatory hurdles that must be overcome in order to get to market? by Kevin Chen Today, I sat down with Jerry Hjelle, Ph.D, D.A.B.T., an expert in food…

US (CA): New, more stringent food safety practices adopted to prevent outbreaks

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Board met April 19 and voted to strengthen mandatory food safety practices required on farms. This means that every box of leafy greens placed into commerce by a certified LGMA member will soon be produced under new, more stringent requirements that are…

Promoting the value of EU food safety: #EUandMyFood

EFSA, the EU Member States and the European Commission are jointly launching a campaign called #EUandMyFood. Their aim is to remind EU citizens how everyone benefits from the European food safety system that was created in 2002 under the General Food Law. Everybody loves food. It contributes to the…

Mexico adopts measures to prevent tomato virus from spreading

Mexico's agricultural authorities have established a series of actions to prevent the so-called rugose tomato virus from spreading in the country. The National Health, Food…

Golden Pearl Mushrooms Ltd.

Canada: Pea shoots recalled after Listeria contamination

Golden Pearl Mushrooms Ltd. is recalling GPM brand Pea Shoots from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Golden Pearl Mushrooms distributed the raw pea shoots to retailers in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Consumers should not consume the recalled products…

California and Arizona’s Yuma Growers:

"New water rules mean safer romaine"

For the second time this year, romaine lettuce growers are imposing measures they hope will end the recent string of E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks, associated with their products…

Food safety actions by produce industry have moved food safety practices forward

The produce industry and commercial buyers (retailers, foodservice buyers, and produce processors) have been instrumental in pushing food safety practices forward. Retailers…

Exporting substandard vegetables and chillies

Uganda bans chilli exports to European Union

The European Union has welcomed the Ugandan government's self-imposed ban on the export of chillies and substandard vegetables to Europe, saying it was beginning to spoil the…

FDA sampling of fresh herbs, guacamole and processed avocado

As of January 1, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tested 747 fresh herb samples (441 domestic, 306 import), and 526 processed avocado or guacamole samples (435…

European tomato contact group

Battling New Delhi, Tuta absoluta and ToBRFV

New Delhi, Tuta absoluta and ToBRFV - these are the phytosanitary emergencies discussed by the table tomato contact group that has met in Ragusa on 4th and 5th April 2019. Guido Grasso from Confagricoltura briefly illustrated the history of each pathogen and stressed how ToBRFV is easily transmitted via…

US: Retailer demands and the Food Safety Modernization Act

Foodborne illness linked to contaminated produce is a public health concern. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, is the Federal Government’s most recent effort to reduce the risk of microbial contamination that can cause human illness. The law’s “Standards for Growing,…

Swiss and Finnish checks detect Listeria

Independent testing in Finland and Switzerland of a variety of products detected Listeria monocytogenes last year. However, no samples contained the pathogen at levels above…

Labor Chamber Upper Austria:

Ready-made salad failed the tests

Six out of ten ready-to-eat salads in the supermarket have been contaminated by yeast and mold fungus, according to consumer protection surveys by the Upper Austrian Labor…

EFSA provides dedicated support for small and medium-sized enterprises

EFSA has launched new support initiatives dedicated to applicants from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs will now be able to access support from EFSA when…

US (CA): New officers and board members elected to guide LGMA

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement elected a new slate of officers and welcomed several new Advisory Board members elected by the leafy greens producer to guide the food safety program’s activities. Stepping into the role as Chairman of the Board is Dan Sutton, General Manager of…

US (CA): Leafy greens industry continues to develop new metrics for water

Responding to issues of the past year, the leafy greens industry is continuing to address required water standards, particularly those related to use of surface waters. The LGMA is committed to strengthening its required food safety practices for all certified LGMA members who produce 99% of the leafy…

"Deeper scrutiny of plant and microbe interactions key for food safety"

The complex landscape of plants and microbe interaction means that food safety specialists should consider fine detail and cannot generalise when carrying out risk assessments, new research by James Hutton Institute scientists has shown. Fresh produce is an important vehicle for transmission of…

US: Free online food safety liability training

Farm Commons is offering Cultivate Legal Resilience through Food Safety Law , a free, online course, until April 30, 2019. Through this self-paced course, farmers will learn…

Dirty Dozen? Not so fast…

Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) issues a list of foods – the so-called ‘ Dirty Dozen ’ – which it considers to have the highest pesticide residues. 2019’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list, released on April 10, includes several crops produced in New York including strawberries, apples, grapes, kale, spinach, peaches, pears,…


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