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U.K.: Sainsbury's-Asda merger in doubt after regulator voices concerns

The Competition and Markets Authority has found "extensive competition concerns" in the proposed tie-up between the U.K.'s second- and third-largest supermarket groups, which it says will be "difficult" for the companies to address.
February 21 , 2019

NZ on alert after two fruit fly detections in Auckland

A Queensland fruit fly was spotted in the Devonport area last week, and a 'facialis' fruit fly was detected in the suburb of Otara earlier this week.
February 21 , 2019

Hong Kong lifts California romaine ban

The autonomous territory suspended imports of California romaine on Nov. 28 last year over food safety concerns, following an E. coli outbreak in the U.S. and Canada.
February 21 , 2019

Opinion: Passion vs. efficiency

Nic Jooste of Rotterdam-based Cool Fresh International provides a European branding specialist’s observations in New York.
February 21 , 2019

The Biocontrol Brief: Using conservation control to aid your pests' enemies

Two primary drivers for the need to implement conservation biocontrol are the use of broad range synthetic pesticides and monocropping.
February 20 , 2019
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