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Eight Salmonella strains linked to outbreaks from papaya

Eight serotypes of Salmonella are behind separate outbreaks in the US linked to imported Maradol papayas from Mexico.

FDA delays some safety requirements for produce under FSMA to make them less complicated, costly

FDA is pushing back the compliance dates for most agricultural water testing standards outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule to “simplify our approach to make compliance...

Random testing finds hepatitis A in pineapple chunks

Random testing has found Hepatitis A in Western Family brand fresh pineapple chunks, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).  

More than 200 sickened by Salmonella from Mexican papayas

The outbreak of Salmonella in the US linked to imported papayas has passed 200 cases.

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California and Arizona align with produce safety rule

The California and Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements have updated required food safety practices to align with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule.

Research round-up: NASA, active packaging and dormant pathogens

Summer is almost over and it is back to the research lab – we take a look at what research has been done in the last month.

IAEA and FAO support projects in Pakistan and Benin

A lab in Pakistan supported by the IAEA and FAO has earned International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation.

Four Salmonella strains linked to papaya outbreak

Two different types of Salmonella have been added to an outbreak investigation into papayas which has sickened 173 people.

Almost 150 sick by Salmonella from papayas

Three more states have illnesses as part of an outbreak of Salmonella linked to Maradol papayas from a Mexican farm.

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Delaware extends funding program to include third party food safety audits

The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) is extending a funding program for fruit and veg growers to include any third party food safety audit.

Plus 570 infections in US and 130 in Canada

EU countries urged to look for Cyclospora following recurring infections

European countries have been urged to assess and potentially increase Cyclospora testing and reporting capacity following an increase in cases for the third successive year.


Scientists trial charged-water irrigation system to boost food safety

Technology that allows vegetables to be cleaned with electrically charged water before harvest is being trialled in Australia.

Cyclospora cases continue to grow with link to Mexico

The number of people infected by Cyclospora across three countries has jumped again.

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Contaminated Dutch eggs found in Hong Kong

Samples of Dutch eggs containing unsafe levels of the pesticide fipronil have been identified by authorities in Hong Kong.

Cases in papaya Salmonella outbreak climb over 100

The number of people sickened by Salmonella in the US linked to imported papayas has more than doubled.

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MoU signed and CDB funding for Grenada

A trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed while Grenada has received funding to boost food safety in the produce sector.

Food safety recall round-up 14-27 July 2017

Recalls: Grande Produce, Cryptosporidium and language labelling

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Ireland, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands and Denmark.

UK reports Cyclospora increase for third year in a row

The UK has seen an increase in cyclosporiasis for the third successive year with a link to Mexico.

One dead in US Salmonella outbreak in papayas from Mexico

Almost 50 people have been sickened in the US by Salmonella linked to papayas from Mexico.

Provenance secures $800k funding to track fresh produce from origin to supermarket

British tech startup Provenance has secured $800k (£650k) in private investment to fund an ongoing grant for its blockchain-backed software launching 100 transparent products in October.

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OctoFrost Group acquires Innotec Systems

OctoFrost Group has acquired Innotec Systems, which manufactures food processing machinery and processing lines including thermal processes for blanching, cooking and chilling.

EnWave and Nestlé’s Nestec to pilot food dehydration technology

EnWave has signed an agreement with Nestec, part of Nestlé, to test its Radiant Energy Vacuum (REV) food dehydration technology – a proprietary method for the dehydration of organic materials....

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Bühler helps Blåtand’s berry business

Blåtand has invested in optical sorting technology from Bühler as it gears up for growth and expansion into new markets.

Foreign bodies often found in fruit and veg, nuts and confectionery

RASFF analysis reveals top three foreign bodies

Pests, glass and metals were the foreign bodies most often listed in RASFF, according to an analysis of the portal.

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When we find tech to provide better data to customers, we go get it – EPL BAS

EPL Bio Analytical Services (EPL BAS) is to use the Sciex QTRAP 6500+ with SelexION+.

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