Food Safety News: Investigators continue their tedious search for the source of the E. coli that apparently contaminated romaine lettuce, causing this spring’s deadly outbreak. But it’s becoming increasingly unlikely they will find a smoking gun.
Scoop Health: New Zealand Food Safety (NZFS) has today published the results for the 2016 New Zealand Total Diet Study (TDS), which shows the food New Zealanders eat has a high level of safety in regard to chemical hazards which might be present in the food supply. Exposure to agricultural chemicals and contaminants from food remains low, and for the first time in two decades our dietary intake of iodine is sufficient for good health.
The Telegraph: Tesco is removing "best before" dates from most of its fresh fruit and vegetable packs, leaving consumers to use common sense to decide when they are no longer fit to eat. The move, which applies to own-brand lines including apples, potatoes, tomatoes, lemons and onions, comes after campaign groups warned best before dates were confusing shoppers and encouraging needless food waste.
Food Safety News: The world’s largest listeriosis epidemic is now under control because meat products from Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken have been recalled, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told the South African Parliament earlier this week. “Since the recall, we have had fewer than five cases a week in the past five weeks compared to 40 a week before the recall,” Motsoaledi told Parliament.
Freshcare: In response to industry and market requests, the Freshcare Food Safety & Quality – Supply Chain StandardEdition 1 (SC1) has been developed to address the challenges of food safety and quality compliance for businesses involved in fresh produce supply chain operations.
Horticulture New Zealand: HortNZ has been working with the GAP National Technical Working Group to identify the most efficient way for our sector to meet the requirements of the Food Act. Work on recognition of GAP schemes and standards for Food Act compliance has taken a long time and we are still to confirm the most efficient process, however we are making progress.
Rural News: Organics Aotearoa (OANZ) chairman Doug Voss is urging members to support a proposal for a national organic standard. He is urging OANZ members and the organic community at large to participate in the consultation process launched yesterday by the Ministry of Primary Industries. MPI is seeking views from producers, consumers, processors, retailers, importer, exporters and the public through meetings and online.
Travel Weekly: Norovirus is reportedly the most common cause of mass illness on cruise ships and has symptoms that closely resemble food poisoning. According to Business Insider, it sometimes affects hundreds of passengers on a single cruise. But there isn’t much a cruise line can do to prevent it, Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley told Business Insider.
FoodSafetyTech: Keeping your food processing facility clean is actually even more important than the food itself. What steps can you take to help keep your food processing facility clean?