Entries by Sandra Módenes

EU cancels extra checks on Egyptian strawberry exports

The European Commission has officially decided to lift the additional checks it used to impose on Egyptian fresh strawberries, according to Agriculture Minister Ezz el Din Abu Steet. Member states of the EU Commission Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed voted to remove the Egyptian strawberries from the list of crops that require […]

Europol seizes 360 tonnes of counterfeit pesticides

Europol, along with support from the European Anti-Fraud Office, has seized 360 tonnes of counterfeit pesticides, the largest ever pesticides seizure carried out by the EU’s law enforcement agency. The seizures were made as part of Europol’s Operation Silver Axe III. Checks were carried out at seaports, airports and land borders. Pesticides can only be […]


The 5th renewal programme for active substances

The 5th renewal programme for active substances whose approval expires between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2024 a work programme has been created, see Commission Implementing Decision C/2018/3434. The list of Rapporteur Member States and co-rapporteur Member concerning these active substances is published in Regulation EU 2018/155, amending Regulation EU 686/2012. The work programme […]

Smartphones emerging as main farming tools in China

With 96 per cent of China’s villages connected to the Internet and each rural household having on an average three mobile phones, the sickle and hoe have been replaced by the smarphones and apps as the country’s emblematic farming tools. In east China’s Jiangxi province, smart greenhouses with watering and fertilising controlled via mobile phone […]


EFSA published Guidance on risk assessment of nanoscience and nanotechnologies

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has produced Guidance on human and animal health aspects of the risk assessment of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications in the food and feed chain. It covers the application areas within EFSA’s remit, e.g. novel foods, food contact materials, food/feed additives and pesticides. The Guidance takes account of the new developments that […]