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Posts from the ‘Chemical Residues’ Category

US: Food Safety: Once More Into the Ozone

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

AU: National Residue Survey results 2016-17

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.

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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.

Read the full article at dailymail.co.uk

AU: Chemical security

Australian National Security: Terrorists can use chemicals found in everyday products to make powerful homemade explosives and toxic weapons. Approximately 40,000 chemicals are approved for use in Australia.

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Masterclass: Building capability and safety in fresh produce; Hobart AU

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.

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US: Food hub provides local fruit and veggies

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.

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AU: Call for submissions on changes to maximum residue limits requirements

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.

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US: Alliance for food and farming slams “Dirty Dozen” list

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.

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Sydney Markets Professional Development Event: Fresh Produce Testing for Food Safety

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.

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NZ: Consumers should take confidence from handling of 1080 criminal blackmail threat

Ministry for Primary Industries: Domestic and international consumers of New Zealand food should take confidence in the way the criminal blackmail threat to contaminate infant and other formula with 1080 was handled, MPI Director-General Martyn Dunne said today.

“What we saw in response to this threat was multiple government agencies working together with dairy companies and retailers with a common purpose – to protect consumers.” Mr Dunne was commenting following the guilty plea in Auckland High Court today to 2 counts of blackmail.

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