New phytosanitary facility to improve market access for South Africa’s deciduous fruit

SOUTH AFRICA – Hortgro, a deciduous fruit producers organization, has funded a new phytosanitary facility dedicated to deciduous fruit to help improve access to new markets and maintain current ones for the industry. Deciduous fruit refers to fruit that falls off the tree or vine when it is ripe. The category includes apples, Asian pears, figs, grapes and pomegranates. The…

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Researchers come up with fingerprinting technique to detect geographical origin of virgin olive oil

SPAIN – A team of researchers from the Torribera Food and Nutrition Campus and the University of Barcelona, have come up with a new authentication tool to check the geographical origin of virgin olive oil as a control on the quality, tradition and product linked to the territory. Olive oil is one of the most prestigious agri-foods in Spain and…

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European Commission approves new cold treatment requirements for South African citrus imports

EUROPE – The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) of the European Commission has approved changes to the cold treatment for oranges imported from third party countries where false codling moth is present. The move follows growing calls from the Spanish sector for better protection against pests and diseases amid a surge in interceptions of citrus consignments…

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