Marquis Macadamias introduces 5-log pasteurization to ensure product safety

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH AFRICA – Marquis Macadamias, the world’s largest macadamia growing and processing company, has implemented 5-log pasteurization capabilities in its Australian and South African facilities with the introduction of Napasol pasteurization systems. The systems have allowed it to safely process over 30,000 tonnes of kernels. It implemented the technology as it wanted to ensure product safety for consumers. The technology…

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Health of Mother Earth Foundation calls for ban of GM Cowpea in Nigeria

NIGERIA – A coalition of non-governmental organizations, farmer groups and research experts have called on the Nigerian government to immediately ban the distribution of Genetically Modified (GM) Cowpea, a popularly known bean among Nigerian farmers. The group known as the Health of Mother Earth Foundation also called for the urgent need for the Nigerian government to reinforce the nation’s biosafety…

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GLOBALG.A.P. launches revised IFA Version 6, GRASP Version 2

U.S – GLOBALG.A.P. North America, Inc., a farm assurance program, has announced the launch of GLOBALG.A.P.’s revised Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard Version 6 and the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) add-on Version 2. The new products, representing the first implementation stage of the new smart farm assurance solutions vision,  offer streamlined, impact-driven, and connected solutions for the…

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Minerva Scientific establishes matrine, oxymatrine residue testing in Chinese honey

UK – Minerva, a specialist analytical laboratory, has come up with a Liquid Chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) procedure for trace-level detection of the pesticides oxymatrine and matrine in Chinese honey. Matrines and oxymatrines are herbal alkaloids, which can be found in plants from the family Sophora flavescens, a shrub-like tree growing extensively in some regions of China. They…

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Australia’s melon industry strives to achieve farm to fork traceability

AUSTRALIA – The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has developed a traceability adoption framework for the melon industry to ensure the industry leads in traceability based on globally accepted Global Standards 1 (GS1). This was part of a project with peak industry body Melons Australia, on enhancing seamless data flow in the traceability of seedless watermelons.…

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