Food Safety

"A childhood dream come true" with a vertical farm in Africa

At the age of nine, Josephine Favre uttered the words of her passionate dream: “When I grow up, I am going to feed Africa.” Interestingly, the little child was then thousands of miles away from her continent, Africa.  Born in Tanzania, Josephine’s parents had moved to Geneva, when she was eight years old.…

Charleston County schools add vertical grown lettuce to lunch lineup

Charleston County School District (CCSD) will partner with local hydroponic farming company Vertical Roots to serve its lettuce in salads starting Wednesday, Feb. 24. Students at Chicora Elementary School tasted the non-GMO lettuce with Vertical Roots staff and the district’s Office of Nutrition Services…

Urban transformations: "the urbanization of food"

Apart from news on the United States presidency and the pandemic, 2021 greeted us with some concerning local news: food prices have gone up. For instance, the price of the humble sili, a usual benchmark for food prices, was at P800 a kilo at the start of the year. Scarcity was the reported cause.…

Ozone against fungi, bacteria and viruses in the fruit and vegetable sector

Ozone has been used for over 18 years to combat fungi, bacteria and viruses in water and air; however, it is less well known that ozone also breaks down ethylene, which substantially extends the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables. The fact that, at the same time, the environment is purified from…

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Top solutions for fresh cut produce

With labor and food safety concerns more important than ever, more and more grocery retailers are looking to commissaries, central kitchens and other offsite facilities to…

Study details UK investigations into outbreak of Listeria

Researchers have expanded knowledge of the UK’s involvement in a multi-country Listeria outbreak. Twelve patients were detected in the UK between 2015 and 2018; contaminated…

Sweden publishes foodborne illness data for 2008-2018

A new study has revealed that a high number of Campylobacter infections and more cases of Salmonella infection linked to produce have been identified in Sweden during a…

Pandemic-induced food insecurity reduced by urban farm in Thailand

Jaibaan Studio, an architectural firm, has obtained approval from the governor of Chiang Mai to create an urban farm on a 4,800 square meter plot of land that had been used as a landfill for more than 20 years.  After clearing out the garbage, leveling the soil, and adding new topsoil to create gardening beds,…

PMA virtual town hall

New year, old problems: A look at the state of food safety

This week’s PMA virtual town hall took a look at how food safety problems and possible solutions might continue to evolve in the new year. The panel was led by Max Teplitski, PMA’s Chief Science Officer. Panelists were Wendelyn Jones, Ph.D., Executive Director of ILSI North America, William D. Marler,…


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