Chris Koger

Chris Koger

FDA encourages continued cooperation in Yuma outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration is urging the produce industry and various organizations studying how E. coli came into contact with romaine grown in Yuma, Ariz., to continue working with the agency on the issue.
Aug 06, 2018 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Outbreak, #E. coli, #FDA

Familiar names lead Earthbound’s sales

Dave Moore and Glenn Daniels at organic marketer Earthbound Farm have been named to lead the company’s sales team.

Fresh produce bin engineered to reduce shrink

JMT US and Macro Plastics are launching bin for fresh produce specifically engineered for controlled atmosphere environments to extend shelf life.

Sakata Seed America sells onion breeding program

Sakata Seed American, Morgan Hill, Calif., has sold its onion breeding program to Cape Town, South Africa-based Zaad Holdings Ltd.

NC McDonald’s illnesses not related to cyclospora outbreak

A wave of illnesses traced to a Brevard, N.C., McDonald’s restaurant is norovirus, and the county health department said it’s not related to a multi-state outbreak from cyclospora in the fast food chain’s salads.

Avocado shipper slows ripening with Hazel Technologies

Shelf-life enhancement company Hazel Technologies has a new partnership with AMR Agro, a Dominican Republic green-skin avocado packer-exporter.

Sysco’s FreshPoint to add fresh-cut capabilities in Dallas

Sysco Corp. is expanding its FreshPoint Dallas facility with a 65,000-square-foot projects that stresses sustainability and adds fresh-cut operations.

Del Fresco to more than double greenhouse strawberries this fall

Canadian greenhouse grower Del Fresco Produce is launching the second phase of its strawberry production, bumping acreage from six to a total of 17 acres.

Castellini Group hires executives at Crosset, CC Kitchens

The Castellini Group of Cos. has hired two executives as vice president and general manager of CC Kitchens LLC and Crossett Co. LLC.

UPDATED: McDonald’s supplier Fresh Express aids in investigation

Two weeks after nearly 3,000 McDonald’s pulled salads from Fresh Express in connection with cyclospora parasite infections, the salad company recalled deli wraps and salads for retail containing chopped romaine.