Chris Koger

Chris Koger

FDA names California counties involved in romaine/E. coli hunt

The Food and Drug Administration has released a list of the California Central Coast counties it has targeted as the potential origin of E. coli tainted romaine lettuce.

DMA Solutions releases social media, produce marketer calendars

DMA Solutions Inc., Dallas, has released its fifth annual Social Media and Produce Marketer’s Calendars.

Madison Chemicals unveils new website

Madison Chemicals, Madison, Ind., has a new website for its cleaning and sanitation chemicals.

Romaine industry adopts new labels, product to return to stores

​​​​​​​The FDA says romaine lettuce is now safe to eat following the “purge” of product on the market, and grower-shippers agreed to new labeling standards that will include where the lettuce is grown.

Watermelon board counts successful 2018 promotions

The National Watermelon Promotion Board, Winter Springs, Fla., cited social media and digital programs as key parts of a successful 2081 domestic promotion campaign.

Former Del Monte, Sunsweet exec Bill Haase dies

William “Bill” Haase, former vice president of sales and marketing for Del Monte Fresh Produce and CEO of Sunsweet Growers, has died.

Canada adds to outbreak count, romaine investigation continues

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added to the number of cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce in that country.

FDA looks at labeling standard, plans to allow romaine return

In a trio of tweets Nov. 23, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb referred to plans to allow romaine to return to the market, and a possible new labeling standard to aid in tracing products in future outbreaks.

FDA believes E. coli-tainted romaine is from California

In a Thanksgiving Day tweet, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency believes the source of the E. coli-tainted romaine responsible for a nationwide ban on the lettuce is California.

Automated Packaging Systems introduces 2 baggers

Automated Packaging Systems, Streetsboro, Ohio, has two new Autobag packaging systems for flexibility with large bags.

Nov 21, 2018 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Packaging