From the time food is harvested, contamination risk exists in every phase from farm to fork. Washing and cleaning produce seems like a safe step—but not if the process involves tainted water. Unsanitary packaging, handling, and transportation equipment represent additional sources of contamination.
Some food products are at higher risk than others. "Cantaloupes had a bad year in 2012," notes Kevin Payne, senior director at Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intelleflex, a global supplier of on-demand data visibility solutions. An August 2012 salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes infected 178 people, resulting in 62 hospitalizations and two deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"A number of variables impact safe food handling during transport from field to table, and all of them are difficult to control," explains Payne. "Nearly every food item has some le…
El hermoso paisaje de la sabana, envuelto con el aura de belleza providencial y milenaria pierde su valor cuando en algunos de sus verdes espacios se localizan barracas.
Sus habitantes admiten conocer el valor turístico de este sector; sin embargo, aseguraron que su estadía allí ha sido permitida por el gobierno local, publica Correo del Caroní.
Parte de la montaña ha sido tomada por personas de otros municipios que aseguran querer trabajar en el turismo
Natalie García Fotos José Leal
El crecimiento desorganizado se instaló en Santa Elena de Uairén hace poco menos de una década. Poco a poco sectores que antes eran bosques, terraplenes, selvas o áreas protegidas han sido tomados por habitantes de otros municipios que emigran al sur del estado Bolívar, en busca de una mejor vida y una casa propia.
Es así como personas de todos los rincones de la extensa geografía que comprende el macizo guayanés, e inclusive de otras regiones,…
Brazil prepared to 'write-off' around £600m of African debt
President Dilma Rousseff is also set to announce a new development agency to work with African countries Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
2:30AM BST 26 May 2013
Latin America's economic powerhouse is increasingly expanding its economic ties with Africa, a sign of how crises in the rich world are pushing faster-growing emerging economies to trade and invest among themselves, economists say.
Brazilian officials said President Dilma Rousseff, visiting Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to mark the African Union's 50th anniversary, was set to announce a new development agency alongside the cancellation that will offer assistance to African countries.
"Almost all (aid) is cancellation," Thomas Traumann, spokesman of Brazil's presidency, told reporters in Addis Ababa.
Under Brazilian law, Brasilia cannot offer new loans and long-term financial assistance to countries with outstanding debts.
First consignment of 400 tons of mango left the country on Saturday to herald the start of mango export season - 2013.
An export target of 175,000 tons has been set for this season which would fetch US $60 million.
Waheed Ahmed, Chairman, Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association told Business Recorder that the fruit was airlifted by PIA, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Lines besides a substantial portion has also been sent by sea.
He said the consignment was destined to Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Kingdom and Germany.
Besides the traditional markets, efforts are also being made to export mango to Japan this season after meeting their quarantine requirements.
A meeting with the Commerce Secretary was held here on Saturday where detailed discussions were held to facilitate exporters reach the Japanese market.
Waheed Ahmed said that Commerce Secretary was very positive in his approach and assured the e…
Wal-Mart Plasters Stores With Green Dots to Stay Stocked
By Renee Dudley - May 24, 2013 4:31 PM ET
Empty spots for razors are seen inside a Wal-Mart store in North Dakota on March 13, 2013. Photograph: Corbis
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) is turning up the pressure to keep its shelves adequately stocked by proposing to tie executive compensation to the issue -- and has asked an outside auditor to alert workers which items to focus on by plastering U.S. stores with neon green dots.
May 24 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg’s Renee Dudley reports on the struggles with stocking shelves at Wal-Mart and their green dot solution. She speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." (Source: Bloomberg)
Grocery items sit inside a cart at a Wal-Mart store in Alexandria, Virginia. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
Earlier this year, Bloomberg News reported that Wal-Mart had trouble keeping its stores stocked as it cut back on workers per store. That has cost sales and driven away frustrated…