Day: October 7, 2014

Yersinia Bug Prompts Hygiene Reminder

HortNZ: The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (which takes responsibility for food safety) is investigating an increase in the occurrence of a gastrointestinal illness this winter caused by a bacteria called ‘Yersinia pseudotuberculosis’.
The Canterbury District Health Board Medical Officer of Health has made claims in the media today that the disease can be linked to bagged carrots and lettuce, and has recommended people throw away these products if they have them in the fridge.
Read the full article by Horticulture New Zealand
The press release from the Ministry for Primary Industries is available here.
Image credit: Dr. Todd Parker / CDC / Wikimedia

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Day: October 7, 2014

Center for Produce Safety Awards $2.8M to Fourteen Projects

Center for Produce Safety: Davis, California, October 6, 2014 – The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) today announced fourteen new grant awards valued at $2.8 million. The research awards are directed at answering critical questions in specific areas of food safety practices for fruit, vegetable and tree nut production; pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest handling; and co-management of food safety and the environment. The objective is to provide the produce industry with practical, translatable research data that can be used at all levels of the supply chain.
To read the full article, including a brief description of each new project, please visit cps.ucdavis.edu

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