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ban Corbana will host the V International Banana Congress in the city of San José, Costa Rica.
The biennial event attracts some of the biggest players in the industry, ranging from marketers to academics, who Corbana promises will bring delegates up to speed on all the latest developments within the global banana sector.
The theme of the 2014 conference, The Challenges Facing Banana Markets, promises to explore in-depth topics including research and development, banana policy, the environment, logistics, marketing and social responsibility.

ff3Potato prices are expected to pick up following sharp falls during August. According to ADHB figures, spot prices paid to producers fell to £167 per tonne in the week ending 30 August, around £40 less than the same week last year and around half the price per tonne from back in May when it hit a high of £303 per tonne.
Drier weather has led to lower yields for some growers, which is likely to boost the value per tonne. Between 15 per cent and 30 per cent of this year’s crop has now been lifted. “I think there will still be plenty of British crop to go round,” said Tim Papworth, NFU potato forum chairman, “and it is good quality as there has not been so much of a problem with potato blight.”
There are also problems with overseas production that could also drive up prices. East European production is expected to drop due to earlier frosts and Israeli production is being hit by disease following the sudden heatwave.

man The UN food standards body Codex Alimentarius has agreed on new standards to protect the health of consumers worldwide. These include standards on fruit, vegetables, fish and fishery products and animal feed.

Codex also adopted codes on the prevention and reduction of ochratoxin A, a carcinogenic contaminant, in cocoa, guidance on how to avoid microbiological contamination of berries and on use of claims for food that is labeled "non-addition of sodium salts" including "no added salt" on food packages, to assist consumers in choosing a healthy diet.

carResearchers claim that consuming 5 A Day will add up to three extra years to a person's lifespan.

Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm studied more than 70,000 middle-aged men and women. They found that early deaths, mostly from heart disease, were more common among non-vegetable eaters who had an average life span of 34 months shorter than that of vegetable-eaters. The adults who took part in the 13-year project were aged between 45 and 83.

pineA study conducted by a University of Queensland researcher has provided new insights into the genetic and health properties of pineapples, the Fresh Fruit Portal reports.

The research by Dr Jonni Koia, which was published in the scientific journals BMC Plant Biology and Plant Molecular Biology, identified genes in processes including ripening,  redox activity and organic acid metabolis.  “In addition, my research also identified genes conferring nutritional and health benefits, such as those involved in anti-oxidant, glutathione and vitamin C production,” Koia stated in a media release.