Ireland records ongoing adherence to permitted residues in food

IRELAND – The National Residue Control Plan (NRCP) tests conducted in 2021 by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine (DAFM) have revealed that 99.89% of the food samples taken were compliant and contained no indications of permitted or banned pollutants. The NRCP involves testing for banned substances, approved veterinary medicines, approved animal feed additives, and environmental contaminants. Over…

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Food Testing Kits Market Forecast 2022-2028 shows growth of market

U.S – The Food Testing Kits Market Forecast to 2028 – COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis – by Sample, Technology, and Target, published by The Insight Partners, projects that the market will increase from U.S$ 20.73 billion in 2021 to U.S$ 34.14 billion by 2028, with an estimated CAGR of 7.4% from 2022 to 2028. To ensure the quality and…

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ILRI attributes surge in antimicrobial resistance to agriculture

GLOBAL – The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI),  an international agricultural research institute, has pinpointed the agricultural sector as the leading contributor to the surge in worldwide antimicrobial resistance (AMR). World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), which runs from November 18 to November 24, highlights what the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared as one of the top ten worldwide public…

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Early maturing maize cultivars to aid Africa in achieving food security

AFRICA – Researchers from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria  have discovered maize cultivars that offer a promising strategy to attain food security and safety of maize in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). According to IITA, nearly 30% of the calories consumed by more than 300 million people in SSA come from maize, and this…

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Research shows potential of passion fruit peels in fresh produce preservation

SOUTH AFRICA – According to research from the University of Johannesburg, the high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols in passion fruit peels have a substantial potential to preserve fresh fruits and fresh cuts in an edible food coating. A coating like this can lessen plastic packaging and spoilage in supply networks. This work is based on research funded by the…

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Food Standards Agency finds minimal safety risk for edible insects in UK market

UK – An evaluation conducted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that insects sold in the UK market pose minimal risk to the general public. The agency subjected seven edible insects that are currently available on the UK market to a risk evaluation that looked at allergens, microbial, and heavy metal contamination. These products include the black soldier…

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European Environment Agency warns of climate impact on foodborne diseases

EUROPE – The European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned that the threat posed by climate change on foodborne infections is on the rise. In a report on climate change in Europe, the agency stated that there is a need to go from planning to action and to raise awareness among public health and healthcare professionals. Vibriosis was among the infectious…

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Study reveals poor hygiene as major cause of S. aureus contamination in restaurants

PORTUGAL – The frequency of Staphylococcus aureus on the hands of food service workers, as well as the pathogenicity and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) of S. aureus isolates, have all been the subject of a recent study. Researchers in Portugal obtained 167 hand-swab samples from food service workers employed by restaurants and catering businesses over a period of 13 months. More…

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Researchers develop novel packaging for extending pasta shelf life

ITALY – Researchers in Italy have developed a brand-new method for prolonging the shelf life of fresh pasta by 30 days using a novel packaging process that also involves applying bioprotective probiotic cultures to the dough. The Frontiers in Microbiology journal featured their new fresh pasta preservation recipe. Pasta is serious business in Italy, with reportedly more than 300 specific…

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Food Safety Testing market to reach U.S$31.1 billion by 2027

U.S – The “Food Safety Testing Market” is projected to reach USD 31.1 billion by 2027 growing at a CAGR of 8.1% to reach. This is according to a report published by MarketsandMarkets titled, “Food Safety Testing Market by Target Tested, Technology (Traditional and Rapid), Food Tested (Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Dairy, Processed Foods, Fruits & Vegetables, and Cereals & grains)…

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