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Dozens sick in 10 states but no recall from sprout grower

Despite 63 people in 10 states contracting salmonella infections traced to a New York City supplier of fresh sprouts, Wonton Food Inc. has not issued a recall and federal officials apparently haven’t asked for one. ... Read More


United Fresh names senior marketer

Mary Coppola has been named senior director of marketing communications for Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association. ... Read More


USDA lifts PACA sanctions on KSP Enterprise

KSP Enterprise Inc. has satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release. ... Read More


Food safety: Simple or flexible, but not both

Two of the things growers and shippers want to see in new federal food safety rules — flexibility and simplicity — are mutually exclusive according to officials from the Food and Drug Administration. ... Read More


Blueberry demand strong through December

Import blueberry markets should remain strong through December, and port woes on the West Coast could add more pressure. ... Read More


Columbia Marketing questions consumers on QR code use

Quick-response codes can be useful in a wide variety of applications because of their storage capacity and easy readability, but questions remain over their effect on consumers. ... Read More

Oppenheimer CEO honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
At the 17th annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia honored John Anderson, chairman, president and CEO of The Oppenheimer Group, with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ag labor not part of Obama's immigration plan
President Barack Obama's immigration plan calls for allowing undocumented immigrants with children who are citizens or legal residents to stay in the U.S., a move that doesn't specifically address the need for a stable agriculture workforce.


Sirane launches produce-only packaging website
Packaging specialist Sirane Ltd. has launched a new produce-only website.
Report shows decrease in workers, increase in wages
Workers directly hired by farmers declined 10% in October and wages were up 1%, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture farm labor report.


Ports negotiations slow down through Thanksgiving
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is limiting its participation in West Coast port negotiations for 12 days through the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the Pacific Maritime Association.
Idaho potato display contest runs twice as long
The Idaho Potato Commission is doubling the length of its annual retail display contest.
CORRECTED: Summit Produce adds commercial manager
Nolan Quinn has joined Summit Produce as commercial manager.
Potato shippers target Christmas for big sales
Transportation headaches aside, potato grower-shippers look forward to heavy promotions of high-quality spuds this holiday season.
Beachside Produce promotes brussels sprouts, celery
Beachside Produce LLC expects strong winter holiday demand for two of its top vegetables.
Promotions abundant for high-quality clementines
Clementine shippers expect highly promotable volumes of high-quality fruit for the winter holidays.
High-capacity sorter works for spinach, leafy greens
A new integrated sorting system from Key Technology can increase belt speeds for fresh spinach and other leafy greens by 30% while removing foreign material and wilted product with a false reject rate of less than 1%.
Fleet Advantage adds chief technology officer
Fleet Advantage, which specializes in truck fleet business analytics and equipment financing, added to its staff by hiring James Griffin Jr. as chief technology officer.

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