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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+.

Food safety recall round-up 1-6 July 2017

Recalls: Norovirus, cadmium and BAP and PAH

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands and Denmark.

Fresh hot pepper outbreak sickened 32 in nine states

An outbreak of Salmonella that sickened 32 people in nine states last year has been revealed by US agencies.

Cyclospora sickens 20 in Canada

Cyclospora has sickened 20 people in two provinces in Canada.

Norovirus research reveals knowledge gaps

Inadequate hand washing, using bare hands when preparing food and returning to work too early after being ill were some findings of work to prevent the spread of norovirus.

Food safety recall round-up 23-29 June 2017

Recalls: Listeria, Campylobacter and PAHs

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Croatia, Netherlands and Denmark.

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Congressman calls for food safety boost at border

Congressman Henry Cuellar has urged agencies to work with local governments at high-volume ports of entry to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses.

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Finland has a berry good idea to verify origin

Two Finnish agencies are to sample strawberries as part of work to develop a method to verify their origin.

EU and China collaborate to combat food fraud

More than 30 partners are part of a project to tackle food safety and authenticity across Europe and China.

Food safety recall round-up 9-15 June 2017

Recalls: Histamine, aflatoxin and perchlorate

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and Denmark.

Fish and chicken associated with most outbreaks

Fish and chicken remain the two categories associated with the most foodborne outbreaks, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Frozen berries linked to Hepatitis A outbreak

A frozen mixed berry product has been recalled due to a link to four hepatitis A cases in Australia.

Swedish sapovirus outbreak sickened 650 - study

An outbreak that sickened 650 people in Sweden last year was caused by sapovirus, according to researchers.

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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