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As criticism mounts, tomato suspension deal hangs in balance

Are Mexican tomato growers experiencing buyer’s remorse about their newly negotiated suspension agreement with the Department of Commerce?

Mexican tomato import volume steady, but value lower

U.S. imports of Mexican tomatoes in July showed gains in volume compared with a year ago but experienced declines in price.

FDA: Continued papaya outbreaks ‘unacceptable’

The FDA, citing eight foodborne illness outbreaks linked to papayas since 2011, says repeated outbreaks are unacceptable and the industry must take action to step up food safety efforts.

Packer Insight — Mexican tomato agreement

The Packer's editor Tom Karst and Produce Retailer editor Ashley Nickle discuss the details of the new agreement on Mexican tomatoes.

Mexican apple output way up, but Canada down slightly

CHICAGO — Canada’s apple output is down slightly, but Mexican apple production is way up this year, according to industry reports at the U.S. Apple Association’s Marketing Conference.

Statements pour in on U.S.-Mexico tomato agreement

Numerous produce industry and other groups have issued statements in the wake of a new agreement setting floor prices for Mexican tomatoes sent to the U.S.

Inspection provision in Mexico tomato deal draws critics

The relief of reaching a new  tomato suspension agreement between Mexican tomato growers and the Department of Commerce has come with misgivings about the effect of mandatory inspections at the border.

Cocaine found in lime shipment at Texas port of entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Pharr, Texas, recently stopped a load of limes containing $1.86 million in cocaine.

Tons of marijuana in load of peppers stopped at border

The Customs and Border Protection seized almost four tons of marijuana in a truck hauling jalapenos at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego.

Always Fresh Farms, Giddings Fruit partner for year-round berries

Berry grower-shipper Always Fresh Farms, Winter Haven, Fla., has entered into a long-term partnership with Giddings Fruit S.A., a berry and cherry grower in Mexico and South America.