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Traceability, food safety top issues at Empire State Producers Expo

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Green tractors, orange tree-fruit pickers and yellow holding tanks dotted the landscape of the Jan. 15-17 Empire State Producers Expo.

HLB cases on the rise in California

The number of huanglongbing (HLB) detections in California increased 160% from 2017 to 2018, according to the California Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program.

FDA resumes fresh produce inspections during shutdown

The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 15 plans to start inspections of high-risk food facilities, which include leafy green processing plants, using mostly unpaid furloughed employees.

Volume up, sizing down for California citrus crops

California growers are expected to produce 80 million cartons of navel oranges during the 2018-19 season, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s an 11% increase over last year.

FDA seeks way to resume more inspections during shutdown

The FDA has stopped routine inspections of fresh produce and other food facilities because of the partial government shutdown, but its commissioner says plans are underway to somewhat remedy that.

E. coli outbreak over, but not the investigation into romaine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from coastal counties in California appears to be over.

No categories for Viva Fresh Gateway to Innovation Awards

The Gateway to Innovation Awards at the Viva Fresh Expo is doing away with categories to accept submissions covering all aspects of the industry, including production, packing, packaging, technology and food safety.

Lower apple storage numbers continue through season

Fresh apple shippers on Jan. 1 had almost 92 million bushels (42 pounds) in fresh and controlled-atmosphere storage, a 16% drop than at the same time in early 2018.

Bill Warmerdam, founder of Warmerdam Packing, dies

Bill Warmerdam, who founded Warmerdam Packing, Hanford, Calif., with his wife Audrey, died Jan. 8. He was 80.
Jan 09, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #People

Milt Fuehrer joins BelleHarvest Sales as CEO

BelleHarvest Sales Inc., Belding Mich., has hired Milt Fuehrer as CEO.
Jan 09, 2019 #Produce Crops, #People, #Michigan