• Conclusions of the "Straight to your hormones. Disruptor Food Guide" report from Ecologists in Action

    44% of fruits and vegetables have pesticide residues

    33.7% of the Spanish foods analyzed in 2019 had pesticide residues; a percentage that increases to 44.4% in fruits and vegetables. Researchers have detected residues of up to…

    Canada:

    Golden Mushroom brand Enoki Mushroom recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

    Goldenway International Trade Co., Ltd. is recalling Golden Mushroom brand Enoki Mushroom from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product has been sold in Ontario and Quebec and may have…

    Seattle-King County area, Washington

    US investigators identify organic produce as possible E. coli outbreak source

    Organic produce could possibly be behind an E. coli O157 outbreak that has affected children in Washington’s Seattle-King County area. Seven patients were reported between…

    Due to possible health risk

    Guan’s Mushroom Co recalls Enoki Mushroom

    Guan’s Mushroom Co of Commerce, CA is recalling all cases of its 100g/3.5- ounce & 200g/7-ounce packages of Enoki Mushroom (Product of China) because it has the potential to be contaminated with?Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children,…

    CanadaGAP obtains recognition against GFSI benchmarking requirements

    CanadaGAP?, an internationally recognized food safety program for fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers, and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), The Consumer Goods Forum’s…

    Dole gives $750K to Center for Produce Safety, citing stakes, gains

    Dole Food Company Vice President Food Safety and Quality Natalie Dyenson is frank about the two-sided coin that motivated her company to contribute $750,000 to Center for…

    Azerbaijan and Russia discuss lifting ban on tomato and apple exports

    Azerbaijan’s Food Safety Agency and Russia’s phytosanitary agency Rosselkhoznadzor have discussed further measures to remove restrictions on the export of Azerbaijani tomatoes…

    FDA

    Indian and Chinese shipments refused entry as well

    Taiwan: US avocados and grapefruits seized at border due to contaminants

    Several large shipments of avocados, grapefruit and apples from the US were recently seized at Taiwan's border after being found to contain excessive levels of pesticides and other contaminants. The American fruits were among 20 products listed in this week's FDA report on imported shipments confiscated…

    Dutch cucumbers possibly involved in UK E. coli outbreak

    An outbreak of E. coli O157 in the United Kingdom - that affected 36 people - has been linked to a fast food product containing imported cucumbers. After investigations into…

    FDA

    Posing possible health risk

    Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. recalls Enoki mushrooms

    Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki Mushrooms (Product of Korea) because it has the potential to be contaminated with?Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children,…

    German authorities discover high levels of pesticides on imported Moroccan beans

    The German authorities have issued an warning to German consumers over imported Moroccan green beans that contain high concentrations of pesticide residue. According to…

    Guan’s Mushroom Co recalls Enoki Mushrooms due to possible health risks

    Guan’s Mushroom Co of Commerce, CA is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki Mushroom (Product of China) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or…

    Items discovered at stores across Birmingham

    Tesco fined £7 million for selling out of date food

    Supermarket chain Tesco was fined £7.56 mln by a judge for selling out of date food at three of its Birmingham stores. The chain was handed the penalty by the Birmingham…

    In 40 years, Dutch disinfection specialist moves from food to horticulture

    "Viral pressure puts safety and hygiene high on the horticulture agenda"

    Johan Leeffers started his cleaning company LETS, 40 years ago. Back then, he focused mainly on using high-pressure pumps in the Dutch agricultural sector. Since then, the company has grown into one of the larger cleaning technology players in the food industry sector. It doesn't only cater to fruit and…

    "Awareness about quality food consumption poses a challenge for Indian horticulture"

    “When the pandemic has passed, we do not want to go back to normal,” says Kunal Kasera. “We definitely think we could go to some better place.” Kunal is the founder of Trufarm Co., an agtech company that has recently begun operations in the city of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, India. They currently own a…

    Primaflor and Kimitec sign a pioneering agreement in Europe to grow leafy products with zero residue

    Primaflor -the Almeria-based company that is dedicated to the production and distribution of fresh products, salads, and healthy convenience foods- has signed a pioneering…

    Taiwanese bananas likely contaminated by insecticide residues from neighboring fields

    Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday issued a statement saying the shipment of bananas that was rejected by Japan early this month might have been contaminated by…

    “Washing is not enough to mitigate E.coli when processing leafy greens”

    Recently, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in the United States disclosed the founding of a multistate outbreak of E. coli 0151:H7 investigation: the outbreak was linked to leafy greens. However, this is not the first time an outbreak involving…

    Project seeks science-based interventions to persistent Listeria strains

    Martin Wiedmann likes to compare produce facilities’ attempts to identify and manage resident strains of the foodborne pathogen,?Listeria monocytogenes, as “seek and destroy”…

    FDA: ‘Foreseeable hazard’ if leafy greens are still grown near cattle or dairy farms

    Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would take ‘two important steps to advance the safety of leafy greens’. These steps will impact the way leafy…

    EFSA presents data on pesticide residues detected in food

    According to the latest report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the non-compliance rate for pesticides in foods decreased in 2019. For 2019, 96.1…

    Cabrero, Chile

    More than 4.28 mln boxes of blueberries destined for US inspected as of March 31

    At the SAG / USDA - APHIS / ASOEX Phytosanitary Inspection Site in Cabrero, more than 4.28 mln boxes of fresh blueberries destined for the United States were inspected as of…

    Referring to recurring nature of E. coli

    FDA warns all California Central Coast entities involved in leafy green production

    On April 6, the Food and Drug Administration fired an unmistakable warning shot at the leafy greens industry. Hopefully, this will be a call to action that gets to the root of…

    iFoodDS closes $15 mln in growth funding led by ScaleUp Investor Insight Partners

    iFoodDS, a platform provider of food safety, traceability, and quality management solutions for the fresh food supply chain, today announced the close of a $15 million Series…

    Philippines

    Department of Agriculture waives fees on pesticide residue tests

    In an effort to help lift agriculture exports and support economic recovery, the Department of Agriculture has ordered the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and its laboratories…

    Lettuce grower launches new product line

    "Consumer demand for a safer alternative"

    Expanding what is already one of the most diverse greenhouse baby leaf and head lettuce portfolios on the market, Revol Greens is adding a large-scale chopped romaine program with three new retail varieties available at select retailers throughout the Midwest. There also will be channel-specific…

    Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department

    Maqis seizes maggot-infested vegetables

    The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) has confiscated over 40 tonnes of imported cocoa fruit and vegetables at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas.…

    GraceKennedy Foods LLC

    GK Foods USA announces voluntary recall of batch of La Fe Peppers and Onions

    GraceKennedy Foods (USA) LLC (GK Foods USA) has announced a voluntary recall of a batch of its La Fe Peppers and Onions, due to the probable presence of extraneous material. Derrick Reckord, President and CEO of GK Foods USA, owner of the La Fe brand, explained that the Voluntary Class 2 Recall has been…

    Taiwan’s FDA seizes imported produce due to pesticides and other contaminants

    Yesterday, we reported Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration having detected traces of pesticides in 800 boxes of US apples. Today there came in reports that large shipments…

    Coriander suspected as origin of 2018 UK Shigella outbreak

    New research indicates that an outbreak of Shigella in England in 2018 was likely caused by contaminated coriander. The national food poisoning outbreak highlights the…

    Swedish Yersinia outbreak linked to imported iceberg lettuce

    After an outbreak of Yersinia in Sweden, imported iceberg lettuce has ended up as the suspected source of infection. From January until the beginning of February this year,…

    Taiwan detects pesticide in 800 boxes of US apples

    Excess levels of pesticide residue have been found in a shipment of 800 boxes of US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Tuesday. The FDA stated said that 11,975…

    FDA partnership with Mexico’s regulators strengthens Food Safety Protections

    As the food supply becomes increasingly global, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s partnerships with our regulatory counterparts and food producers in other nations are more important than ever. The work that the FDA has done in collaboration with the government and food industry in Mexico shows how…

    Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety:

    Arugula clearly still contaminated with nitrates

    Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety BVL ensures a high level of consumer protection and food safety in Germany, even in times of the pandemic. On the occasion of World Consumer Day, the President of the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) Friedel Cramer states:…

    Alliance for Food and Farming says lists are hurting consumers

    Concerns about recurring 'Dirty Dozen' lists

    Peer reviewed research and a survey of registered dietitians has shown the potential negative impact on fruit and vegetable consumption among consumers caused by the so-called “dirty dozen” list. Further, the “dirty dozen” list has been repeatedly discredited by the scientific community as well as peer…

    ITMO University, National University of Singapore, & University of Rovira i Virgili

    Fruit and vegetable film designed to detect pesticide residues

    A technology, intended to detect pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables is currently being developed by researchers from ITMO University (Russia), the National University…

    Japan finds fungicides on Taiwanese bananas

    As Taiwan is increasing its export of pineapples to Japan due to China's ban, due to high levels of fungicides, the Japanese ordered the removal of 750 boxes of Taiwanese…

    Period - January and February 2021

    Chinese Customs intercept 172 types of quarantine pests

    According to recent data, Chinese Customs officers intercepted 172 species of quarantine pests in the first two months this year. The number of interceptions rose by 40.41…

    Agriculture.gov.au

    Australia: Stopping Giant Snail risks at the border

    Biosecurity has helped ensure Australia remains free of one of the world’s worst invasive pests, with a number of Giant African Snail interceptions made at the border last year. Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer, Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith, said the Giant African Snail is one of Australia’s…

    Cambodia: Phytosanitary evaluation of mango farms & treatment plants complete

    An evaluation process, aimed at determining whether fresh mango exports can meet China’s rigorous health standards, has been completed, says Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon.…

    Cambodia: Progress update on fresh mango exports to China

    Yesterday, a virtual meeting took place between a working group of relevant Cambodian and Chinese officials. The goal was to discuss and assess Cambodian exports of fresh…

    Ukrainian phytosanitary inspectors find pests in batch of Turkish tomatoes

    During a phytosanitary inspection of some 8.39 tons of imported tomatoes from Turkey, officials found the regulated quarantine organism that is known as the South American…

    Ultrasound cleaning of salad could reduce instances of food poisoning

    A study published in the magazine Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology reveals that cleaning salad with an ultrasound system would be the best way to reduce the microbial load…

    University of Southampton

    Ultrasonic cleaning of salad could reduce instances of food poisoning

    A new study has shown that gentle streams of water carrying sound and microscopic air bubbles can clean bacteria from salad leaves more effectively than current washing…

    New EFSA and ECDC data

    Europe: Foodborne outbreak illnesses and deaths increasing

    According to data from the annual report on zoonotic diseases, the number of foodborne disease outbreaks and deaths in Europe has increased in 2019. Data released by the…


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