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US: Swabbing for actionable results

Quality Assurance & Food Safety Magazine: Typically, the COAs would arrive around 4:30 a.m. With the anticipation of the smart phone notifying me that I’ve received an email, that anxious question of “What are the results?” would begin circling in my mind […] I scroll through the reports looking for that dreaded word “Presumptive.” […]

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AU: Blockchain beefs up security against food fraud

Cosmos magazine: A new cryptocurrency-based project aims to provide certainty in the beef supply chain. Ever wonder exactly where that delicious steak on your plate came from? Well, now you can find out —thanks to a new food research project called BeefLedger […]

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UK: Alarming chemical cocktail sprayed on your fruit and veg

Daily Mail: Doing the family shop, you’ll probably feel virtuous as you fill up your trolley with healthy fruit and vegetables.

But worrying new research reveals that these wholesome foods have been treated with a complex mixture of pesticides to get them to your table in peak condition — and there may even be some residues of these chemicals left on the produce you buy.

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US: Salmonella outbreak in Oregon, Washington linked to pre-cut fruit

The Oregonian: Eighteen people in Washington and Oregon have been diagnosed with Salmonella after eating pre-cut fruit purchased from local grocery stores, prompting a review by state and federal health authorities.

Officials in both states have traced the outbreak to pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe and fruit mixes containing those fruits.

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US: Getting value from audits

Trellis: When you can mine data across all your audits, you can understand food safety risks and address them. Learn why these produce industry leaders want Trellis….

NZ: New food safety guidance announced

Ministry for Primary Industries: The Ministry for Primary Industries today announced food safety guidance which will cover up to 16,000 food businesses across New Zealand. This means that all types of food businesses in New Zealand now have easy-to-follow guidance for keeping food safe. Different types of businesses have different guidance depending on the food safety risk of the food they handle.

AU: Gastro outbreak on Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, almost 200 ill

ABC News: Nearly 200 people have been hit with gastro symptoms while onboard one of the world's largest cruise ships, the Ovation of the Seas, which has today docked in Hobart.

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US: Dozens dead in South Africa Listeria outbreak

Food Safety News: More than 550 people are confirmed sick, with at least 36 dead, in an ongoing Listeria outbreak in South Africa. South Africa’s government reports the source of the outbreak is likely to be a food product consumed by people across all socio-economic groups.

US: California bans the harvest of windfall avocados

Fresh Plaza: The Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule which prohibits the distribution of produce that drops to the ground before harvesting now applies to avocados as well.

NZ: New Zealand Food Awards Unveils the Crème de le Crème for 2017

Food HQ: The revamped Food Safety Culture and Primary Sector Products Awards, sponsored by the Ministry for Primary Industries, were taken out by The Pure Food Co. and T&G Global Ltd. respectively. The James & Wells Business Innovation Award was presented to Original Foods Baking Co.

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