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AHPA urges EPA to revamp pesticide limits for botanicals

The American Herbal Products Association has urged federal regulators to revamp pesticide rules that unfairly impact minor crops that include many botanical commodities.

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Yarok technology wins UN award

Yarok Technology Transfer has won a UN innovation award for its pathogen detection technology.

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Inspecto among winners at UNECE awards

A company that has developed a handheld scanner to detect pesticides in fresh foods has scooped a prize at a start-up competition.

UAE says upcoming import ban will not affect produce availability

The UAE’s decision to ban certain produce exceeding minimum residue levels of pesticides from May 15 will not lead to food shortages in the country.

Research round-up: Salmonella in pork, Listeria in lettuce and stopping aflatoxin

With more than a third of the year gone, we take our fourth look at food safety and quality research.

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NIFA makes food safety project funding available

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made $4.8m in funding available for food safety projects.

Fiji looks at irradiation to open up fruit and veg exports

Fiji has proposed a project to support irradiation to help increase exports of fruits and vegetables to international markets.

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Fore! Golf ball pieces prompt McCain Foods recall

McCain Foods USA has recalled hash browns that may be contaminated with golf ball materials.

Special edition: Active, intelligent packaging

Scientists create bio-film from sweet potato and thyme

Scientists at North Carolina A&T State University have created a bio nano-composite film from sweet potato starch and thyme essential oil.

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ScanTech Sciences to open ECP food treatment center

ScanTech Sciences, Inc. has started construction of its first Electronic Cold-Pasteurization (ECP) food treatment center which will bring 175 jobs to Rio Grande Valley.

Health risk from pesticide residues is low, says EFSA

The health risk from pesticide residues in food is low, according to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), with 97% of samples within legal limits - but...

India in brief

FSSAI moves to regulate organic traceability

India’s food regulator will clamp down on the traceability organic foods with new standards to ensure the organic status of product claims.

South Asia radius

Lychees to blame for hundreds of mysterious child deaths in Bihar

A mystery illness responsible for the deaths of more than 100 children a year in the northern state of Bihar has been identified as lychee poisoning.

Leatherhead: EU food safety law will form basis of UK regulations

Leatherhead Food Research has said it anticipates EU food safety legislation will be brought into UK law wholesale following Brexit.

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Certification programme achieves government recognition

CanadaGAP has received full government recognition.

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Dead bat in packaged Fresh Express salad sold at Walmart

Fresh Express has recalled salad sold at Walmart after a dead bat was found in a package.

FSMA rule requirements already best practice - C.H. Robinson

Industry is already complying with requirements of a FSMA rule that comes into effect this month, according to a produce and cold chain logistics company.

Food safety recall round-up 1-6 April 2017

Recalls: Listeria, allergens and GMOs

Food recalls have been made by USA, England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Austria, Norway, Germany and Denmark.

Part 1 of 6: Thermo Fisher Scientific series

Why versatility is vital for pesticide quantitation and screening workflows

European Union legislation restricts the levels of more than 1,000 pesticides in a wide range of fruit, vegetables and cereals. 

Australia

Food mould innovator selected to pitch invention to Silicon Valley

An Australian researcher who has discovered how to stop mould growing on fresh food will join a select group of innovators in pitching pitching to big-name backers.

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Steamy solution to ensure melon safety

Steam can kill E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria on cantaloupes, according to an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist.

Viavi and ESPROS collaborate on sensor and developer kit

Viavi Solutions Optical Security and Performance Products (OSP) and ESPROS Photonics Corporation (EPC) have launched a miniaturized spectral sensing system-on-a-chip and multispectral sensor developer kit.

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Mérieux NutriSciences strengthens French footprint

Mérieux NutriSciences has strengthened its presence in France with the acquisition of ACM Agro.

Wild mushroom warning in Australia

Wild mushrooms should not be picked or eaten due to the health risks they pose, according to the Food Safety Information Council.

Yarok’s E. coli and Listeria modules validated by microbiology lab

Yarok Technology Transfer’s method to detect E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes in leafy vegetables has been validated by an Israeli microbiology lab.

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