Agro.Biolab Laboratory

EU Recommendation on monitoring the presence of Alternaria toxins in food

Alternaria alternata is a common fungus in many crops; contamination affects wheat, sorghum, barley, tomato, apples, citrus, and several other fruits and vegetables. Alternaria alternata produces a large number of phytotoxins, approximately 70, but few of these have been chemically characterized; the…

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

FSSAI destroys 14.7 tons of artificially ripened fruits in Coimbatore

During spot checks conducted in fruit stalls in Coimbatore on Wednesday, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) seized and destroyed 14.7 tons of…

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Recall of Green Box Ltd Cendawan Enoki Mushroom batch due to presence of Listeria monocytogenes

A batch of Green Box Limited Cendawan Enoki Mushroom is being recalled due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Details are as follows: Green Box Limited Cendawan Enoki Mushroom; pack 100g Batch: G11202226; Item Code: C007 Country Of Origin: China Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores supplied with the…

Costa Rica prevented the entry of tomatoes, sweet peppers, and mushrooms from Panama with a high presence of pesticides

In the first months of the year, Costa Rica's State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) detected and prevented the entry into the country of 673 kilograms of products coming from…

"These data should be ratified by an official body, such as the Price Observatory"

Producing plums in Extremadura costs an estimated €0.61/kg and cherries €1.22/kg

According to a study carried out by La Unión Extremadura, producing plums in the autonomous community costs € 0.61/kg, and producing cherries costs € 1.22/kg. "These data…

Some 4.5 tons of illegally ripened mangoes seized in Trichy

Yesterday, the Trichy Food Safety Department seized some 4,500 kg of mangoes that were ripened through illegal methods, i.e. using chemicals. The officials collected two…

Green Agro Control holds mini-symposium about residue analysis

"Entire chain must comply with MRLs"

Every now and then, there is startling news: some fruits and vegetables have a plant protection residue level that is too high. This causes unease among consumers; everyone…

T Fresh Company of City of Industry is recalling its 7.5oz Yes! Enoki Mushrooms

T Fresh Company of City of Industry, CA is recalling its 7.5oz (200g) enoki mushrooms, Lot #6021053 grown in China, because it has the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness. Lot #6021053 was distributed from California and Texas to…

‘Color is essential when selling healthy snacks in vending machines’

Vending machines selling healthy snacks are an increasingly common sight, not only in farm shops but also in hospitals, canteens, and railway stations. In the growing market of snack vegetables, vending machines offer consumers healthy and convenient options round the clock. Last week during Fruit…

Alpine Fresh conducts voluntary recall of “Hippie Organics French Beans”

Alpine Fresh, Inc. of Doral, Florida is voluntarily recalling its 1 pound packages of "Hippie Organics" French Beans from lot# 313-626, because they have the potential to be…

Because of possible health risk

World Variety Produce, Inc. voluntarily recalls organic zucchini

World Variety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is voluntarily recalling case lot #38706503 of Organic Zucchini, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with…

Australia: Spinach recall issued over salmonella fears

Yet another spinach recall has hit store shelves. Coles Supermarkets has issued a voluntary recall Coles Baby Spinach due to possible salmonella contamination. The Australian…

Coles recalls 60g, 120g, 280g packets of baby spinach over salmonella fears

Coles has issued an urgent recall of its baby spinach packets after the bacteria salmonella was detected during routine testing. The supermarket giant has recalled its house-brand baby spinach packets in the 60g, 120g and 280g sizes with use by dates between April 13 and 14. The product has been on sale…

Turkey continues to account for 60% of all rejections of fruit and veg in the EU

Data from the first quarter of the year from the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) reveal that Turkey continues to account for 60% of all rejections of fruits and vegetables due to them containing active ingredients not authorized in the EU or for exceeding the maximum residue limits…

Listeria outbreak traced to Dole packaged salads, ends

Federal officials have declared that a deadly outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections traced to Dole packaged salads has ended. The most recent patient to be reported…

Liberty Fruit Company, Inc. recalls processed cantaloupe due to possible health risk

Liberty Fruit Company, Inc. is recalling certain packages containing cantaloupe because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause…

FEFCO welcomes EU's Eco-design for sustainable products

FEFCO welcomes the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, notably its proposal for the “Eco-design for sustainable products regulation” as it aims to accelerate the…

“We urgently need to trace where that batch came from”

The Netherlands takes a batch of Peruvian avocados out of the market because they had high levels of cadmium

The Dutch health authorities have pulled from the market a batch of avocados from Peru that, as notified by the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) on 21 March,…

Japan asked for explanation on contaminated strawberry exports to Taiwan

In its latest weekly report on substandard food imports, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration said nine shipments of fresh strawberries from Japan had failed to pass…

AgriPlace, ASF webinar about fruit and vegetable food safety, sustainability

AgriPlace Chain gives companies fully automated insight into food safety and sustainability

On Thursday, March 24, the Dutch company, AgriPlace, held a webinar about optimizing suppliers' and product food safety's social sustainability data collection. Their system, AgriPlace Chain, offers companies an easy, fully automated insight into food safety and sustainability across the chain. Many…

WiseTrade Corporation recalls Enoki mushrooms because of possible health risk

WiseTrade Corporation of Irvine, CA is recalling all its cases of its 200g/7.05oz packages of Enoki Mushroom (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, frail or…

Wholesaler Farm Fresh Produce recalls “TWA Agriculture Mixed Mushrooms”

Farm Fresh Produce LLC of Vernon, CA, is recalling all of the 14.11 ounce packages of "TWA AGRICULTURE MIXED MUSHROOMS" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly…

Top Quality Produce, Inc. Enoki mushroom recall notification

Top Quality Produce, Inc. is recalling all cases of 200g/7.05oz package of Enoki Mushroom, product of Taiwan sold during 3/1/22-3/16/22 due to the Listeria contamination of Enoki mushrooms was discovered. Listeria Monocytogenes can cause serious illness and sometimes fatal infections in young children,…

Internet 'life hack' criticized

Why you shouldn’t store avocados in water in the fridge

Recently, food enthusiasts have praised a seemingly 'genius' hack claiming to prolong the life of an avocado. The hack involves submerging half or an entire avocado in water…

Jan Fruits Inc recalls same product

T Fresh Company recalls Enoki mushrooms because of possible health risk

T Fresh Company of City of Industry, CA is recalling its 5.25oz (150g) enoki mushrooms, Lot #6021053 grown in China & 7.5oz (200g) Lot # 6021052 grown in China, because it has the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness. Symptoms of…

New York based Fruit Fresh Up recalls products due to possible health risk

Fruit Fresh Up, Inc. is voluntarily recalling from the market all fresh cut fruit and vegetable products and ready to eat dips, as listed below, processed at its Depew, NY…

How safe are processed fruit and vegetables against listeria?

Processed kale, endive, apples, and melons are convenient, but are they ready to eat? They are, if people eat them as is, but that significantly affects their BBD. In Europe, rules regarding Listeria have been tightened, which presents the chain with a new challenge. These requirements are not yet well…

Product recall

McCain South Africa: Consumers urged to return frozen vegetables

McCain South Africa has recalled some of its frozen green beans and Spar-branded French stir-fries. The company says glass fragments, originating from a light fitting, were…

An interview with Aon's Niek van As and Vincent Spierings

What happens when there is a recall?

A recall: every food processing company or distributor's worst nightmare. Most businesses in this sector pay a lot of attention to food safety, yet there are often recalls. Even if a company sticks strictly to its own or imposed protocols, errors or contamination in the production process can never be…

Guardia Civil

Oranges contaminated with pesticide seized in Barcelona

The Guardia Civil in Alicante has seized 20 tons of oranges that were contaminated with chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that has been banned for use in the food industry in the European Union since 2020. As a result of the operation, carried out in partnership with the Valencia Government's Directorate General…

Consumer Foundation raises questions over strawberries sold in Taiwan

Last week, six out of twelve samples of imported and locally grown strawberries sold in Taiwan were found to contain excess amounts of pesticide, the Consumers' Foundation has…

Food Corporation of Bhutan stops chili imports because of high presence of pesticides

The Food Corporation of Bhutan Ltd stopped importing chili after March 8 because of high presence of pesticides. The corporation started importing chili from January 6 after…

Del Monte Bubble Fruit recalled over metal fragments in product

Del Monte Foods Inc. is recalling Del Monte Bubble Fruit – Tropical Mixed Fruit Cup Snacks because the possibility that metal fragments have inadvertently entered the product.…

FDA will not conduct broad sampling of leafy greens in the Salinas Valley in 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will not conduct broad sampling of leafy greens grown in the Salinas Valley region of California for the 2022 growing season. The…

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

FSAI updates product recall relating to presence of bacteria

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has updated a recall of coleslaws and other products containing shredded cabbage and carrots. On Friday, March 4, the authority issued a recall of such products due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, which came about following a voluntary withdrawal of…

Due to detection of elevated levels of pesticide Chlorpyrifos-Methyl

Batches of vegetable products pulled from shelves at Irish supermarket

Batches of vegetable products are being pulled from shelves at a popular Irish supermarket. Dunnes Stores' Semi Dried Cherry Tomatoes 120g is being recalled due to the detection of elevated levels of the pesticide Chlorpyrifos-Methyl.  Affected batches include products with best before dates of April 21, May…

Republika Srpska bans import of 20-plus tons of oranges from Greece

The Phytosanitary Inspection of the Republika Srpska has banned the import of a shipment of oranges of 20,756 kilograms originating from Greece. According to the Inspectorate…


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