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Jerry D’Amore joins USDA’s organic standards group

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has appointed Jerry D’Amore, who has worked in agriculture for more than four decades, including a focus on berry companies for half that, to the National Organic Standards Board.
Dec 09, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Organics, #USDA

USDA expands citrus quarantine in Texas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is expanding the area quarantined for citrus greening in Texas,

Lettuce takes over on Produce Market Guide

Oranges were once again knocked out of the No. 1 spot on Produce Market Guide, this time by lettuce, which moved up two slots from the previous week to take the lead the week of Nov. 25.

Hepatitis A illnesses linked to blackberries increase

The Food and Drug Administration has reported three more cases of hepatitis A “potentially linked” to fresh blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores.

Seattle E. coli cases unrelated to Salinas, Calif., romaine

The King County (Ore.) Public Health Department is investigating an E. coli outbreak unrelated to the one believed to have originated in romaine grown in the Salinas, Calif., area.

E. coli outbreak numbers climb; Canada adds romaine import rules

Federal agencies have increased the number of cases in the E. coli outbreak linked to Salinas, Calif., romaine, and investigators continue to seek the exact source of the lettuce.

State gives Florida Department of Citrus clean audit

A state audit of the Florida Department of Citrus gives the group’s contract procurement and management process a clean bill of health.
Nov 25, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Citrus

Group requests Salinas romaine be composted, not trashed

In a viewpoint not often considered in recalls and market advisories that send tons of fresh produce to landfills, the U.S. Composting Council is urging the industry to compost romaine linked to an E. coli outbreak.

HLB found in citrus tree in San Bernardino County

The California Department of Agriculture has declared a quarantine after detecting huanglongbing in a single citrus tree near Montclair, Calif., in San Bernardino County.

‘Frustration, heartbreak:’ E. coli outbreak draws grower response

With yet another E. coli outbreak linked to romaine rocking the produce industry, groups representing leafy greens growers say they are "devastated" and the situation is "unacceptable."