Posts from the ‘Chemical Residues’ Category
Growing Produce: We are riding another wave of keen interest in the potential for ozone-treated water (ozonation) to supplement or wholly substitute for current antimicrobials added to postharvest wash and cooling water. Similarly, gaseous ozone and ozone-fogging applications are triggering cautious interest for surface sanitization in pre-coolers and cold storage.
Read the full article at the growingproduce.com website
Apple & Pear Australia Ltd: The apple and pear industry has once again demonstrated its commitment to food safety and minimising residues with the latest National Residue Survey results showing a 98 per cent compliance level in apples and pears tested in 2016-2017.
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.
Read the full article at dailymail.co.uk
A masterclass was hosted in Hobart on 30 November 2016 by two food safety research centres— the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Food Safety Centre, and the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand.
Lisa Cownie / KEYC News: Now there is really no excuse not to eat your vegetables. The MVAC Food Hub in Mankato cleans and preps the veggies for you, all you have to do is pick them up each week. Even better, they all come from local producers.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on a proposal to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said maximum residue limits are currently set for chemicals and specific commodities. “This has created issues for enforcement agencies and producers because low levels of chemicals permitted on one food may be accidentally found on other foods not listed in the Code,” Mr McCutcheon said.
Fresh Fruit Portal: A U.S. nonprofit representing farmers has criticized the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) latest "Dirty Dozen" list, which ranks produce items based on pesticide residues and now claims strawberries are the "most contaminated". In a release, the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) highlighted the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Pesticide Data Program said pesticides did not pose a safety concern for U.S. food.
1 March 2016
The Fresh Produce Safety Centre is running a professional development event to improve understanding and utilisation of fresh produce testing for food safety.