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USDA plan changes fruit, vegetable rules for school meals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing changes to school meal programs that could limit the variety of vegetables served at lunch and cut fruit servings at some breakfasts.

National Mango Board accepting nominations for 3-year terms

The National Mango Board, Orlando, Fla., is seeking nominations for board members whose terms begin in 2021.

USDA: Now is time to respond to specialties, organic surveys

Now is the time to respond to both the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties and the 2019 Organic Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

Pesticide report: More than 99% of produce samples in compliance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary, detailing results from 2018 tests of residues on produce and other items.

U.S. orange forecast stable, Florida encouraged by USDA report

U.S. orange production forecasts have remained steady in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest citrus report, but Florida should expect a slight increase over last year’s final production.

USDA funds growth of Hazel Tech product for berries

Hazel Technologies has received a $100,000 grant from the USDA to further develop its Endure packaging insert to prolong fresh produce shelf life, with a focus on berries.

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

Ready Pac brand processor recalls products with romaine

Processor Missa Bay LLC has recalled more than three dozen salad products with romaine as investigators search for a cause of an eight-state E. coli outbreak with 17 cases.

USDA seeks info from organic growers for 5-year update

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be asking more than 22,000 producers of organic products — everything from fresh produce to meat and dairy — about aspects of their operations, from production to marketing.
Nov 20, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Organics, #USDA

Ohio State forum focuses on food safety science, policy

The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention at The Ohio State University has scheduled a food safety forum.