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European Union food again found largely free of pesticides

Food consumed in the European Union (EU) continues to be either largely free of pesticide residues or to contain only residues the fall within legal limits, new figures show.    The latest monitoring report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) finds that more than 97 percent of food samples collected across the EU… Continue Reading

Hong Kong announces latest food safety report

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has released the findings of its food safety report for February. The results of about 9,200 food samples tested were found to be satisfactory except for four unsatisfactory samples which were announced earlier. The overall satisfactory rate was 99.9 per cent…. Continue Reading

Appeals court knocks down Hawaii’s local prohibitions on GMO seed industry

Hawaii’s genetically modified seed industry and about 1,000 jobs that go with it were big winners in a 30-page ruling handed down Friday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco. In the ruling, the appellate court found that Hawaii’s pesticide laws are sufficiently comprehensive and preclude counties from regulating either pesticides… Continue Reading

EU food safety commissioner says science must prevail

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Editor’s note: These are the prepared remarks delivered by Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety 2014-2019, this past week. Many of the challenges and actions he describes mirror situations in the U.S. with the Food Safety Modernization Act and other initiatives regarding food additives and labeling. Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a… Continue Reading

A busy food safety day in Hong Kong

Finding excessive cadmium in imported cooked snow crab, a preservative not permitted in vinegar, and excessive pesticide residues in three vegetable samples made for a busy Friday at Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS). The unit of Food and Environmental Hygiene Department reported the findings going into the weekend, warning food businesses to stop… Continue Reading

Liberals, conservatives agree on threat of foodborne pathogens

As Americans prepare for the second week of pre-empted prime time programming tonight with the beginning of the Democratic National Convention today in Philadelphia, there’s one thing that liberals and conservatives agree about — food safety. “Foodborne illness from bacteria ranked first among both liberals and conservatives (with) 55 percent and 58 percent, respectively,” ranking… Continue Reading

Cumulative Risks From Pesticides Getting Look from EFSA

Cumulative risks from pesticides that may affect the thyroid and nervous systems are the subject a new pilot study underway at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). With its European Union partners, EFSA has developed a software tool for carrying out exposure assessments on multiple pesticides. The results of these assessments will be published by… Continue Reading

Governor Lends a Hand With Colorado’s Marijuana Pesticide Problem

There’s a new pesticide cop on the beat in Colorado for marijuana cultivation facilities, and his arrival on the scene surprised many. Since this past March, when Denver’s environmental health unit warned the state’s booming marijuana businesses that it would be enforcing federal, state, and local laws governing the use of pesticides and agricultural chemicals, it’s… Continue Reading

EFSA Finds Glyphosate ‘Unlikely to Cause Cancer in Humans’

Europe’s gardeners and farmers probably won’t have their Monsanto Roundup weed killer or other similar herbicides taken away from them now that the influential European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that the ingredient glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans. Glyphosate, which has been around since the 1970s, is used in herbicides around the… Continue Reading