Researchers develop nano-sensor to detect pesticides on fruit in minutes

SWEDEN – Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a tiny sensor for detecting pesticides on fruits in just a few minutes. The technique, described as a proof-of-concept in a paper in the journal Advanced Science, uses flame-sprayed nanoparticles made from silver to increase the signal of chemicals. Despite the fact that it is still in an early stage,…

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Brazil approves use of event EH913 genetically modified corn

BRAZIL – National Technical Commission of Biosafety (CTNBio) has unanimously approved the commercial use of genetically modified (GM) corn for insect resistance, known as event EH913. The new technology, derived from a specific gene of the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), has high efficacy against lepidoptera pests, especially fall armyworm which is considered the main pest of corn crop, and sugarcane…

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Post-harvest specialists caution against poor food handling, use of toxic chemicals

NIGERIA – Food post-harvest specialists have urged farmers, small and medium-scale food handlers and processors in Nigeria to embrace good agricultural and post-harvest food practices, to avert preventable morbidity and deaths associated with related diseases and poisoning. The specialists decried use of chemicals to ripen fruits, use of insecticides on smoked fish, washing of fruits with unclean water, application of…

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World Health Assembly adopts WHO Global Strategy for Food Safety

GLOBAL – The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of WHO, has agreed to adopt the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy for Food Safety that seeks to strengthen food safety systems. The WHO Global Strategy for Food Safety is a milestone in the work to promote health, keep the world safe and protect the vulnerable, by strengthening innovative public…

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