Category Archives: Moulds

RASFF Alert – Mould/Mold – Protein Snack

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Mould in protein snack from Finland in Poland and Spain

Research – Major Soilborne Pathogens of Field Processing Tomatoes and Management Strategies

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Abstract

Globally, tomato is the second most cultivated vegetable crop next to potato, preferentially grown in temperate climates. Processing tomatoes are generally produced in field conditions, in which soilborne pathogens have serious impacts on tomato yield and quality by causing diseases of the tomato root system. Major processing tomato-producing countries have documented soilborne diseases caused by a variety of pathogens including bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and oomycetes, which are of economic importance and may threaten food security. Recent field surveys in the Australian processing tomato industry showed that plant growth and yield were significantly affected by soilborne pathogens, especially Fusarium oxysporum and Pythium species. Globally, different management methods have been used to control diseases such as the use of resistant tomato cultivars, the application of fungicides, and biological control. Among these methods, biocontrol has received increasing attention due to its high efficiency, target-specificity, sustainability and public acceptance. The application of biocontrol is a mix of different strategies, such as applying antagonistic microorganisms to the field, and using the beneficial metabolites synthesized by these microorganisms. This review provides a broad review of the major soilborne fungal/oomycete pathogens of the field processing tomato industry affecting major global producers, the traditional and biological management practices for the control of the pathogens, and the various strategies of the biological control for tomato soilborne diseases. The advantages and disadvantages of the management strategies are discussed, and highlighted is the importance of biological control in managing the diseases in field processing tomatoes under the pressure of global climate change.

Denmark – Risk of mold/mould on gouda cheese

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Wernersson Ost Danmark A/S is recalling gouda cheese due to the risk of mold on the cheeses, which makes them unsuitable as food.

Recalled Foods , Published: January 13, 2023

Which food:

Gouda Holland ( see picture ​)
Net weight: 340g
Best before dates: 14/01/23, 22/01/23, 26/01/23, 30/01/23, 10/02/23.
EAN barcode number: 7331494127915 Country of
origin: The Netherlands

Sold in:
Føtex and Bilka throughout the country

Company that is recalling:
Wernersson Ost Danmark A/S

Reason:
The company has determined that there is a risk of mold in the specific batches of cheese.

Risk:
Mold formation makes the product unsuitable as food.

Advice to consumers:
The Danish Food and Drug Administration advises consumers to return the product to the store where it was purchased, or to discard it.

Italy – Mycotoxins in Cheese

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A study found two mycotoxins in some packages of grated Grana Padano. Specifically, the paper found ochratoxin and sterigmatocystin, both produced by microscopic molds. The former was found in 48.6% of the cases analysed, while the latter was present in 94.4% of the packs of grated “grana” type cheeses sold in supermarkets. These would be small but significant quantities.

Czech Republic – Spicy tripe soup – Mold/Mould

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Place of inspection:
Prostějov ( Czech Republic Army Corps 591/47, 79811 Prostějov )
ID: 19014325
Invalid parameter:

fungi visible to the eye
scent

There were colonies of mold inside the product. The food had a sour smell of spoilage.

Food is not considered safe if it shows signs of spoilage.

The food did not have an expiration date. Unsuitable storage temperatures for this food were not detected during the inspection.

Batch: O188907K
Expiration date: 20/10/2022
Packaging: Glass + twist off cap
Quantity of the product in the package: 650 g
Producer: Smokehouse and delicatessen Sláma sro, Růžová 225, 595 01 Velká Bíteš
Date of sample collection: 9/9/2022
Reference number: 22-000632-SZPI-CZ
The sample was detected by the official control of the State Agricultural and Food Inspection.

Czech Republic – ARO Bread dumpling á 550 g- Mold/Mould

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Place of inspection:
Horní Maršov ( Třída Josefa II. 110, 54226 Horní Maršov )
ID: 87942526
Food group: Cold cuisine Dumplings

ARO Bread dumpling á 550 g
Category: Dangerous foods
Invalid parameter:

fungi visible to the eye

Colonies of mold were present on the surface of the food under the intact packaging. Food is not considered safe if it shows signs of spoilage.

Unsuitable storage temperatures of this product were not detected during the inspection. The food did not have an expiration date.

Expiration date: 22/07/2022
Packaging: transparent packaging
Quantity of the product in the package: 550 g
Producer: Lef spol. Ltd., Zámecká 125, 696 05 Milotice
Date of sample collection: 20/07/2022
Reference number: 22-000441-SZPI-CZ
The sample was detected by the official control of the State Agricultural and Food Inspection.

Czech Republic – Karlova Koruna Bun dumpling á 600 g- Mold/Mould

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Place of inspection:
Horní Maršov ( Třída Josefa II. 110, 54226 Horní Maršov )
ID: 87942526
Food group: Cold cuisine Dumplings

Karlova Koruna Bun dumpling á 600 g
Category: Dangerous foods
Invalid parameter:

fungi visible to the eye

Colonies of mold were present on the surface of the food under the intact packaging. Food is not considered safe if it shows signs of spoilage.

Unsuitable storage temperatures of this product were not detected during the inspection. The food did not have an expiration date.

Expiration date: 20/07/2022
Packaging: transparent packaging
Quantity of the product in the package: 600 g
Producer: SVOBODA – production of homemade dumplings s.r.o., Blučina 700, 664 56 Blučina
Country of origin:  Czechia
Date of sample collection: 20/07/2022
Reference number: 22-000442-SZPI-CZ
The sample was detected by the official control of the State Agricultural and Food Inspection.

RASFF Alert – Mould/Mold – Lasagne Plates

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Mold growth in lasagne plates from Italy in Denmark

RASFF Alert – Mold/Mould – Cheese – Tortilla Wraps

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Mould formation in fresh cheese from France in Belgium

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Tortilla wraps from Poland infested with moulds in Belgium, France, Germany , Netherlands

Research – Comprehensive Review of Fungi on Coffee

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Coffee is grown in more than 80 countries as a cash crop and consumed worldwide as a beverage and food additive. It is susceptible to fungal infection during growth, processing and storage. Fungal infections, in particular, can seriously affect the quality of coffee and threaten human health. The data for this comprehensive review were collected from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) website and published papers. This review lists the fungal species reported on coffee based on taxonomy, life mode, host, affected plant part and region. Five major fungal diseases and mycotoxin-producing species (post-harvest diseases of coffee) are also discussed. Furthermore, we address why coffee yield and quality are affected by fungi and propose methods to control fungal infections to increase coffee yield and improve quality. Endophytic fungi and their potential as biological control agents of coffee disease are also discussed.