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FDA issues first injunction under Produce Safety Rule to Illinois-based food manufacturer

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:55
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Fortune Food Product, Inc., an Illinois-based processor of sprouts and soy products, has agreed to stop production until it, among other things, undertakes remedial action and complies with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The action…

Help consumer handle #produce safely. September is #NationalFoodSafetyMonth

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-11 Fri 10:03
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Help consumer handle #produce safely. September is #NationalFoodSafetyMonth, and @fightBAC has many free resources on produce! fightbac.org/food-safety-ed… pic.twitter.com/jYZddhlO4j

Posted by Produce Marketing Association (pma) on Friday, September 11th, 2020 2:21pm 3 likes

CAN (ON): Governments investing over $7.9 mln to help farmers bring safe food to market

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-11 Fri 09:48
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500Foods shared this story from HD.com. The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $7.9 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help farmers improve their business operations and bring more safe, high-quality foods to markets. This funding will support more than 670 projects across Ontario for eligible…

New method may make tomatoes safer to eat

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:12
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When vegetable farmers harvest crops, they often rely on postharvest washing to reduce any foodborne pathogens, but a new University of Georgia study shows promise in reducing these pathogens — as well as lowering labor costs — by applying sanitizers to produce while it is still in the fields.…

'We call on governments to support the adoption of ePhyto'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:05
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The Industry Advisory Group (IAG) of the IPPC ePhyto Solution calls on governments to support the adoption of ePhyto to facilitate international agricultural trade, which would be crucial in safeguarding global food security beyond the Covid-19 recovery period.  Global trading operations of plant products…

Turning pineapple leaves into aerogels for food preservation and wastewater treatment

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-08 Tue 10:07
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Although pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants, and are considered one of the most important fruits in the world, the harvesting of this delicious and healthy fruit results in tons of pineapple leaves waste. Left to rot or burning it, this waste can release harmful chemicals and…

The advantages of ripening in a paper bag

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-07 Mon 13:48
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Consumers are currently able to purchase one of the most famous peaches in the Spanish region of Aragon: the one under the PDO Melocotón de Calanda, which is known for ripening inside a paper bag. This protects it from pests, making it possible for it to receive practically no phytosanitary treatments.…

Produce safety top of mind with consumers after recent salmonella scares

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-04 Fri 08:14
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Recent instances of salmonella contamination in some products have led to widespread recalls and heightened consumer concern over food safety. “Occasionally, fresh fruits and vegetables can become contaminated with harmful bacteria or viruses, which are also known as pathogens,” said Juan Anciso, Ph.D.,…

Food safety, starting with water

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-02 Wed 11:11
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“Some people tend to have a myopic view that water safety is only a third world problem, however that isn’t the case. Understanding water composition is mission-critical to people and businesses around the world, so we need to start with water quality in our own backyard “. - Meena Sankaran  Predictable water insights Indoor farms…

Spain and France agree on the need to guarantee food safety in the EU

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-31 Mon 08:57
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The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, and his French counterpart, Julien Denormandie, held a virtual meeting in which they agreed on the need to guarantee food security in the European Union, support community agri-food strategies, and defend competitive and sustainable…

CFIA issues advisory on President's Choice gluten-free chicken strips

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-30 Sun 10:15
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a national consumer advisory on President's Choice gluten-free chicken strips for possible undeclared of gluten.

Dry produce cleaning treatment extends shelf-life while killing bacteria and viruses

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-26 Wed 11:03
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The Moyer family settled in Ontario in 1799 and have been farming in the Niagara Peninsula ever since. In keeping with tradition, Paul Moyer is the 9th generation of Moyer farmers, but he went far beyond the tradition when he became the co-founder of Clēan Works Corporation: a produce cleaning technology…

Dispensing with packaging - wherever it makes sense

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-25 Tue 09:06
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Bye bye plastic: At REWE and PENNY, more and more fruits and vegetables are offered unpackaged. But completely dispensing with packaging is not always sensible, as a long-term test has shown. Despite the ongoing corona crisis and its severe impact on supermarkets, supply chains and agriculture, REWE is…

California LGMA updates food safety practices

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-25 Tue 09:06
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The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Advisory Board has voted to accept several updates to required food safety practices for the farming of leafy greens. Over 50 recommended changes were unanimously approved to strengthen food safety requirements for the production of leafy greens in the…

'I am really proud that we get such large, intensive trolley and tray washers'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-21 Fri 10:25
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Pieter van Dijk, born in Poeldijk (the Netherlands) is the Chief Operating Officer at Ontario Plants Propagation. He spent a lot of time in the Netherlands this spring, due to the coronavirus. Right away it was a great opportunity to shop around for new installations for the expansion of the Canadian…

HelloFresh recalls onions

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-20 Thu 09:56
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HelloFresh has been informed by one of its ingredient suppliers that it is conducting a voluntary recall of its onions due to the potential presence of salmonella bacteria. Please discard all onions received from May 8 through July 31, 2020. We recommend disposing of all onions received during the specified time period. For…

Webinars on 'Handling fresh produce safely' and 'Protected cropping'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-20 Thu 05:13
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'Handling Fresh Produce Safely' is an e-learning course for vegetable producers wanting to train pickers, packhouse staff and farmworkers in how to handle vegetables in a clean and safe manner to manage the risk of food contamination. The four modules address: Food Safety, Staying Clean, Harvesting and Packing.…

'Building food safety management capacity'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-19 Wed 10:24
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Growers and packers focus on food safety management individually because every packhouse system is different. Flexibility in ensuring food safety through the application of practices within the context of business operations is important. To prevent contamination and maintain low contamination rates on…

New packaging uses nanotechnology with antiviral and antibacterial action

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-19 Wed 10:23
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Termotécnica has reinvented itself by launching the Safe Pack Antiviral and Antibacterial. Patented and unique in the market, Safe Pack uses nanotechnology to reduce the time and quantity of viral and bacterial agents in the EPS packaging produced by the company. “I believe that it’s in a crisis that the…

Another 100 Canadians struck down by Salmonella after eating US-grown onions

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-17 Mon 07:48
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According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 100 more people have become ill from Salmonella contamination linked to a recall of US-grown onions. This would bring the total number of confirmed cases to 339. The agency says no deaths have been reported but 48 people have been hospitalized. People who…

6 tips for good hygiene in the greenhouse horticulture

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-13 Thu 10:06
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With constantly emerging viruses, pests and diseases in the greenhouse horticulture, hygiene in the greenhouse is an important and much-discussed topic. Clean hands, clean machines and clean water ensure a clean greenhouse, and therefore also clean crops. Steenks Service provides some tips for hygienic…

In-basket cleaning: Cutting produce loss to the maximum

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-12 Wed 09:36
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After the Covid-19 crisis, consumers are paying more attention to food safety, making higher demands on fruit and vegetable processing enterprises. Cleaning is an important step in possessing fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Efficient and convenient cleaning equipment not only helps to improve a…

Maintaining the integrity of the sanitation

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-12 Wed 09:34
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“You have to sanitize everything,” says William Kanitz with ScoringAg. “If you don’t protect your product, the consumer gets sick.” The company sells and produces sanitizing equipment for fresh produce and its packaging. Due to the Coronavirus, things have changed. It’s increasingly important to reduce…

Listeria risk prompts citrus, potato recall

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-10 Mon 06:27
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Freshouse II LLC of Salisbury, NC, is recalling Valencia oranges, lemons, limes, organic limes, and red B potatoes because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall was voluntarily initiated after the company’s routine internal testing identified Listeria monocytogenes on a piece of equipment in one of the packing facilities. "We have ceased the production and distribution of the product that was packed on the equipment in question and are taking corrective actions and continually evaluating our cleaning and sanitation regimes," the company said in a statement.

No illnesses have been associated with this recall to date.

Consumers can identify recalled retail products by looking for the brand, UPC number and, if available the trace number printed on the tag or clip attached to the opening end of the bag. The recalled products were shipped directly to retailer distribution centers in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia and to wholesalers in Maryland and North Carolina (see table below). Click here to see photos and a list of recalled products.

Freshouse II LLC has notified its retail and wholesale customers who received the recalled product directly from the company and is requesting that these customers remove the recalled product from commerce. The company is also asking direct customers to notify their customers of this recall.

Certified Onions Inc. expecting increase in pathogen testing

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-05 Wed 09:25
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In the wake of a voluntary 50-state recall of red, white, yellow and sweet onions originating from Thomson International Inc. in Bakersfield, CA, an increase in pathogen testing requests is anticipated by Certified Onions Inc. in Nyssa, OR.

Each of COI’s members undergoes sampling for off-label pesticide use and for maximum residue levels, and the pathogen testing is available on request.

Kay Riley, founding member and president of COI, said the pesticide residue testing service is utilized on approximately 80 percent of the onion fields in Idaho-E. Oregon’s Treasure Valley and can be made available to other onion-growing regions as well. And he said some of the area’s sheds routinely use the pathogen testing.

“I’m certain we’ll see more pathogen testing this year,” Riley said on Aug. 3, adding that E. coli 157 and Salmonella are the two microbials involved.

SmartWash allows real-time monitoring of wash line activity

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-03 Mon 19:54
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SmartWash Solutions, Salinas, Calif., has released an online tool allowing produce plant managers to monitor real-time performance data on their wash lines chemistry.

That means plant manager can quickly spot potential problems and adjust processes as necessary.

The software, Process Pro Data Live (PPDL) 2020, enhances SmartWash’s PPDL with improved site speed, navigation and a data dashboard that can be accessed from any device with wi-fi, according to a news release.

Wash line data is monitored and reacted to via the “Situational Awareness View” screen, which gives the status of all wash lines in operations.

PPDL includes historical data for verification and calibration of pH and chlorine sensors that can track performance over time; it also includes a review and sign-off on verification and calibration events for Food Safety Modernization Act compliance.

United Fresh schedules food safety web seminars

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-02 Sun 10:46
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The United Fresh Produce Association has food safety web seminars scheduled on a variety of topics, starting with a look at the Food and Drug Administration’s recent unveiling of its blueprint for the New Era of Smarter Food Safety.

The free “New Era” seminar is from 2-3 p.m. Eastern Aug. 5. Registration is online.

“This webinar will go beyond the numerous bulleted framework points, to share the insights, implications, anticipated impacts, and opportunities for engagement in the journey with FDA,” according to the seminar notice from United Fresh.

California company likely source of North American salmonella outbreak linked to onions

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-01 Sat 12:19
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U.S. federal health officials say an outbreak of salmonella infecting nearly 400 people in more than 30 states has been linked to red onions, and they identified a California company as the likely source.