Current issues - Evira 05.12.2013 - 12:56
Listeria monocytogenes is a food-borne pathogen. The incidence rate of listeriosis is higher in Finland than on average in Europe. In the years 2010 - 2012, the annual number of cases has been 43 - 71. By the end of November, 55 domestic listeriosis cases have been reported in 2013.
Current issues - Plant production and feedingstuffs 28.11.2013 - 08:58
The oats harvest in 2013 was the biggest in a decade, but shrivelled grains and mycotoxins impaired its quality. The total yield of winter grains remained low, due to the wet conditions in the previous autumn taxing the areas sown. The hectolitre weight of barley was good. The preliminary data from the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira and Tike (Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry) indicate that the quality of the domestic harvest for bread and feed grains in 2013 was good.
Current issues - Plant production and feedingstuffs 26.11.2013 - 09:15
Since the beginning of 2013, Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has been supervising the import, marketing and use of macro-organisms, i.e. insects, spiders and nematodes, used for biological control and pollination. Evira has negotiated with importers and marketers of such products to ensure that they make the necessary notifications or seek permits for their own products. Individual farmers or beekeepers need to submit a notification or make an approval application only if they order products directly from abroad or if the product ordered is not included in the file maintained by Evira.
Current issues - Evira 25.11.2013 - 10:43
In recent years, nitrate and nitrite debate has been going on in several forums. The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has completed a risk assessment report that offers up-to-date information on the sources and amounts of nitrate and nitrite ingested by Finnish children and adults.
Current issues - Food 15.11.2013 - 02:14
It is possible that consumers would find light cheese varieties more palatable if their aroma and flavour were stronger. The characteristics that influence the palatability of cheese are different for light and full fat cheese varieties. A study of factors influencing the palatability of light cheeses has been completed at the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira.
Current issues - Evira 11.11.2013 - 10:42
The dissertation focuses on studying the appealing characteristics of light cheeses. The study results will contribute to the product development of appealing light cheeses. The investigation of the fatty acids of milk-based products has produced new information about products available on the market. These results are of significance to nutritionists, dieticians, legislators and consumers, as this knowledge was not available before.
Current issues - Evira 23.10.2013 - 02:41
Bats can infect people with rabies. However, rabies infections in humans are extremely rarely caused by bats. In Finland, the risk of catching bat rabies is very low, particularly if there is no contact with bats at work or leisure.
Current issues - Evira 21.10.2013 - 09:32
Infections can be prevented through careful destruction of offal at hunting sites when slaughtering moose.
Current issues - Animals and health 21.10.2013 - 08:46
The fish rhabdoviruses viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV) and perch rhabdovirus (PRV) have been encountered in Finland. VHSV has caused considerable fish mortality and, consequently, financial losses in sea area rainbow trout farms and PRV mortality to grayling fry in inland fish farms.
Current issues - Evira 03.10.2013 - 12:43
Welcome to listen to interesting presentations about the health and welfare of animals as well as food safety. The Science Day also offers an opportunity to visit an extensive exhibition of posters that cover all the fields of scientific research that Evira engages in.
Current issues - Food 27.09.2013 - 01:32
The exportation of Finnish meat products to China was promoted successfully in discussions conducted in Beijing. Chinese authorities promised the Finnish delegation that the process related to the import of pork will be sped up and an inspection team sent to Finland.
Current issues - Plant production and feedingstuffs 26.09.2013 - 12:29
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira now controls pollinators and biological control agents used under glass and in open fields. All control agents or pollinators in use must be approved by Evira.
Current issues - Animals and health 25.09.2013 - 03:21
This year Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira starts the aerial distribution of rabies vaccine baits for small predators on the south-eastern border on 26 September. Baits will be dropped every day between 07.00 and 21.00 for a period of four weeks. The purpose of the distribution of vaccine baits is to prevent forest rabies found in wild animals from spreading to Finland.
Current issues - Evira 25.09.2013 - 11:06
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira is organising a joint annual meeting of the European Union reference laboratories for avian influenza and Newcastle disease in Helsinki on 24–26 September 2013. The meeting will be attended by 70 invited specialists from EU member states, including specialists from Evira. The keynote speakers are prominent avian influenza and Newcastle disease researchers and specialists in diagnostics.
Current issues - Evira 24.09.2013 - 08:32
Tietoprovinssi is a South Ostrobothnian version of the European Researchers' Night, which seeks to present science and research in a people-friendly, clearly understandable way. The Tietoprovinssi event will be held in Seinäjoki on 27 September 2013.