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FDA considers ‘regulatory actions’ against papaya distributor

In response to a distributor’s refusal to recall Mexican papayas implicated in a salmonella outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration has alerted all of its customers and is pursuing other actions.

California avocado growers talk labor, trade with Sonny Perdue

Agriculture Sonny Perdue toured an avocado grove in Escondido, Calif., discussing water and labor issues with growers and industry members.

Senators sponsor bill to boost inspectors of imports

Four U.S. senators have introduced legislation to boost the number of federal employees inspecting food at the borders.

Border ag specialists find ‘highly unusual’ pests entering Florida

Agricultural specialists with the Customs and Border Protection recently intercepted several “highly unusual” pests at Port Manatee, Fla.

Hazel Tech reports success with tropical fruit shipments

Hazel Technologies Inc., Miami, has completed successful commercial trials with tropical fruit distributors, seeing reduced shrink rates of up to 50%.

FDA, papaya company discuss recall, disagree on evidence

Despite requests from the Food and Drug Administration, the distributor of Mexican papayas named by the agency in an outbreak of salmonella has declined so far to issue a recall.

Mexico tomato growers say data confirms no dumping in the U.S.

Growers of Mexican tomatoes recently submitted data to the U.S. Commerce Department and groups representing them say the information shows they are not dumping tomatoes into the U.S.

Casa APEAM to be ‘epicenter’ of Mexican avocado industry

Mexican avocado growers, packers and exporters are investing $12 million in a facility that will house research labs, U.S. and Mexico department of agriculture offices, and a research and development avocado orchard.

Mexico: salmonella link to imported papaya ‘premature’

Mexico’s National Service of Health, Food Safety and Food Quality, SENASICA, has described linking a salmonella outbreak to Mexican papayas as “premature.”

UPDATED: FDA links Mexican papaya to outbreak, asks for halt to sales

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of salmonella linked to whole fresh papayas from Mexico.