Fresh produce halo shines again and other headlines

02/11/2013 09:17:00 AM
Tom Karst

National Editor Tom KarstChecking out the fresh produce world this morning, the top consumer headline seems to be another story about health research that polishes the golden halo of fruits and vegetables.

The report said that adding fruits and veggies to the diet could help protect  the kidneys of patients with chronic kidney disease. Another reason to eat fruits and vegetables, not that we are lacking in them.

Whatever happened to the National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement? A USDA spokeswoman I recently asked about the status of USDA's consideration of a national leafy greens agreement said this:

Now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)has published its proposed produce safety rules, USDA is reviewing the FDA rules and considering next steps with respect to the proposed National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.  We believe it's important that the industry and the public have ample time to review current and future Food Safety Modernization Act rules relating to produce before we take any action concerning the recommended decision on the National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.

Okay, sounds like the national leafy greens marketing agreement is still "in play," but hardly at the top of the priority list for USDA AMS.

Check out The Packer's latest coverage of the Mexican tomato suspension agreement. Meanwhile, 29 comments on the initial coverage of the renewed suspension agreement.

From around the web today:

Change in makeup of Colorado potato committee

Changes to California kiwifruit marketing order

Fedefruta coverage of Chilean exchange rate

Update to U.S. agricultural trade stats


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