Produce Market Guide News

Produce Market Guide News

Smile for the camera: the produce safety rule “before” shot

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a “before” shot of food safety practices on the farm, perhaps followed ten years from now with a more flattering “after” shot. 

FDA encourages continued cooperation in Yuma outbreak

Aug 06, 2018 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Outbreak, #E. coli, #FDA
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

Wisconsin potato crop outlook rebounds after rough start

With cool and wet weather in April and May, unseasonably hot weather around Memorial Day and dry weather in July, Mother Nature has given Wisconsin potato growers a challenging season.

JR Simplot Acquires Gene Editing License

J.R. Simplot Company on Monday announced a licensing agreement with DowDuPont Inc., MIT & Harvard, developers of the nascent gene editing technology. Simplot is the first agricultural company to receive such a license.

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.

Lettuce growers optimistic despite tough start

A springtime outbreak tied to romaine lettuce, along with erratic weather in California, rising freight rates and the usual competition from regional deals presented a challenge for California leaf and lettuce growers.

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.

India postpones retaliatory tariff on apples

Aug 06, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples
The government of India has given Washington apple shippers a six-week delay on the implementation of a 25% retaliatory tariff against U.S. apples.
Aug 06, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples

Will today’s food safety initiatives solve tomorrow’s problems?

The 2006 North American spinach E. coli outbreak was the largest in U.S. history, causing at least 276 consumer illnesses and 3 deaths because of tainted produce.

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.