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UPDATE: Mucci Farms, top execs face criminal charges for COOL

07/29/2014 10:42:00 AM
(UPDATED COVERAGE July 31) Two top officials at an Ontario greenhouse face criminal fraud charges for allegedly selling fresh vegetables from Mexico to Canadian retailers and representing them as Canadian produce. ... Full story

Texas shipper indicted for fraud, money laundering

07/10/2014 4:34:00 PM
Curtis DeBerry, owner of Progreso Produce Ltd., has been indicted on nine counts including wire fraud, money laundering, falsified statements to a financial institution and false declarations in bankruptcy proceedings. ... Full story

Group educates lawmakers on need for organic HLB research

07/30/2014 10:30:00 AM
The organic industry took to Capitol Hill to educate staff members from more than a dozen congressional offices about the need to find organic methods to fight citrus greening. ... Full story

UPDATED: Mexico signs food safety statement with U.S.

07/25/2014 12:27:00 PM
(UPDATED COVERAGE July 28) It’s only two pages, but a document signed by U.S. and Mexican officials is being called a milestone in the pursuit of cooperative food safety efforts, especially for preventive practices and verification requirements for fresh produce. ... Full story

Study suggests organic foods nutritionally superior

07/11/2014 1:39:00 PM
A new research study from the United Kingdom suggests organic crops and foods made from them are nutritionally superior to conventional counterparts. ... Full story

UPDATED: Wawona stone fruit recall spurred by Australian tests

07/21/2014 10:15:00 AM
(UPDATED COVERAGE, July 22) As a recall of stone fruit from Wawona Packing Co. expanded to Canada, the California company responded to consumers’ questions, explaining that an Australian importer’s discovery of minute levels of listeria on three peaches spurred the international recall. ... Full story

Judge orders Allens Inc. to pay PACA claim

07/31/2014 4:29:00 PM
A Pennsylvania produce broker has succeeded in defending its billing for $2 million in a case against Allens Inc. that includes more than $19 million in claims under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. ... Full story

Wawona expands stone fruit recall; listeria source a mystery

08/01/2014 11:44:00 AM
Wawona Packing Co. is expanding its July 19 stone fruit recall related to listeria, adding it hasn’t determined the source. ... Full story

Position of garlic, herbs means a lot at retail

07/31/2014 12:29:00 PM
Where retail sales of garlic and herb are concerned, where is almost as important as what, suppliers say. ... Full story

Visa problems plague guest worker program

07/31/2014 5:29:00 PM
U.S. State Department delays in granting visas to Mexican agricultural guest workers are raising alarms as growers wait for harvest crews, particularly those in the H-2A program. ... Full story
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