Mushrooms were on the move this year, as nearly half of all Americans put the spongy vegetable into their cart. The fungi climbed from the No. 15 vegetable last year to the No. 12 veggie in Fresh Trends 2013, and the likelihood of a mushroom purchase inched up one percentage point from last year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominees to fill three open seats on the Mushroom Council, San Jose, Calif. Applications are due by May 1.
Repacking and wholesale requirements are included in updated food safety manuals from CanadaGAP, as well as new requirements for water used in flumes and cleaning applications.
To-Jo Mushrooms has donated food to a local charity.
The rising demand for mushrooms has been a mixed blessing for growers. The closure of two large farms in Colorado and Southern California last year left supplies tighter than normal over the holidays, and some growers expect it to remain that way for some time.
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