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SPANISH PORT TO OVERHAUL FRUIT OPERATIONS

Port of Huelva to invest in fruit terminalSteven Maxwell | 24 March 2011 
Southern Spanish port makes €35m in proposed new fruit terminal and invites sector to contribute Spain’s Port of Huelva has announced that it will invest €35m in the construction of a new fruit terminal to support fresh produce exports from the Andalusian province to international markets.

MAERSK TO REDUCE CALLS ON PORT OF HONG KONG BY 25%

Maersk cuts Hong Kong callsLuisa Cheshire | 28 March 2011 |
Container shipping giant Maersk will cut the number of ship calls at Hong Kong by a quarter from April Dubbed one of the biggest changes to affect Hong Kong port in years, Denmark container shipping line Maersk has announced it will cut its calls to the port by some 25 per cent from April, reports Reuters. "Maersk Line anticipates a drop from 30 weekly calls to 22-23 weekly calls at Hong Kong," Maersk China managing director Jens Eskelund told the news agency. Maersk's Hong Kong business will be transferred to Guangzhou South China Oceangate Container Terminal, partly owned by Maersk affiliate APM Terminals, in the southern port of Nansha.  Maersk intends to create a third major gateway at Nansha to augment its South China gateway, the report said.  Southern Chinese ports, like Shenzhen and Guangzhou, are closer to manufacturing bases and offer cheaper handling costs than Hong Kong. 
Source: Asia Fruit Magazine

MANGO GROVE BULLDOZED IN MIAMI AFTER 6 YEAR BATTLE

Residents upset over Palmer Trinity’s cleared trees Palmer Trinity School had a permit to bulldoze trees on its property, but will have to replant when the construction begins
KCHAVARRIA@MIAMIHERALD.COM
BY KARINA CHAVARRIAAbout 1,400 mango trees and various species of palms were removed from land beside the Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay last week, causing an uproar among residents who said they are concerned about the animals who have inhabited the grove for 39 years.

GUJARAT REGION IN INDIA MANGO CROP WILL BE SHORT THIS YEAR

SURAT: A bumper crop last summer saw mangoes sold cheap in the local market. Almost every one could afford the delicious Alphanso mango, famous the world over. However, this summer, it may not be the case. The extended winter has ensured that this year there will no bumper mango production. 


Alphanso and Rajapuri may be very hard to get. Four districts in Gujarat contribute significantly towards mango production. Of these four, Junagadh is located in Saurashtra, whereas the others namely Valsad, Navsari and Surat are in south Gujarat. 

THE DEBATE OVER THIRD PARTY ACCREDITATION

IMO NOTE: The IMO has found a wealth of information written by GLOBAL G.A.P. Director Dr. Kristian Moeller.  These blogs are a very important component of the on going debate about the certification and accreditation process that while "Voluntary" seem to be a requirement for entry into important market sectors (Supermarkets, major Importers, etc.)
The Competitive Edge of Farm CertificationNovember 22, 2010|From:Kristian|Food SafetyFresh Produce,Integrity

A SITE THAT MAPS PRIVATE / VOLUNTARY STANDARDS FOR COMMODITIES

Mapping Private/Voluntary Standards – New Government Website AvailableMarch 11, 2011|From:Kristian|Benchmarking Transparency in the world of private/voluntary standards is key and the first step to navigate through the forest of requirements for international trade. I therefore welcome the  recently published website of the International Trade Centre of the United Nations: www.standardsmap.org. Read their claim: “Standards Map is an online tool that enables analyses and comparisons of private/voluntary standards. 

IMPORTANT RESPONSE TO THE THIRD PARTY AUDIT DEBATE

IMO NOTE: This is a response to the previous post by GLOBAL G.A.P. Blog about third party audits. Very thorough and well thought out: From "J.H"  JHsays: November 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm
Good comment but I don’t see it the way you describe it. First, organizations are currently approving purchases based solely on whether a third party audit has been completed or not, regardless of the actual findings or corrective actions. The word from many buyers is “get me an audit with a passing grade and we can do business”. So, in my experience, the delegation of responsibility has been done for years. Nothing new under this comment!

TIMELY PIECE FROM GLOBAL G.A.P. BLOG

Why Moving to Third-Party Certification May Hurt!November 11, 2010|From:Kristian|Uncategorized Yes, you read correctly: It may hurt! Why? In short: You need to delegate responsibility and legal accountability to someone you may have NEVER met before! Here is the backstory on accredited third-party certification: Following food industry consolidation, buyers had more suppliers than they could visit on their own to ensure full food safety and legal compliance. The decision was made to outsource these vendor inspections to external audit firms (in jargon: “Inspection Bodies”). These Inspection Bodies were asked to develop audit programs based on the purchasing requirements of the buyer; The mandate was to provide the buyer with checklist reports and a list of corrective actions necessary for the supplier to achieve full food safety compliance. Through this process, the buyer had in their hands the necessary documents for proof of due diligence.

GLOBAL G.A.P. WORLD TOUR 2011

FOCUS ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: OXFAM AMERICA

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FOCUS ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: LLU GLOBAL HEALTH INICIATIVE

IMO NOTE: Loma Linda University has been a supporter of the IMO from the very beginning (La Quinta Conference October 2000). LLU is ready and prepared to send Doctors and Medical Students anywhere in the world. The least IMO members can do is provide simple room and board once these wonderful human beings arrive.Is that too much to ask?

OXFAM: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN ACTION

IMO NOTE: GROUPS LIKE OXFAM GIVE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY A GREAT NAME! THEY NEEDED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE GLOBAL GAP / GRASP DEBATE / SEARCH FOR A SOLUTION
As the post-election crisis in Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) intensifies, causing up to one million people to flee the capital city of Abidjan, many are seeking refuge in neighboring countries. The UN estimates that 46,000 Ivorians have arrived in Liberia in the last month alone. Oxfam has rushed aid to Liberia, airlifting 50 tons of relief supplies—such as water tanks, drilling equipment, and sanitation facilities—to assist 70,000 people. "The border areas are dangerous, and living conditions there are desperately poor," says Chals Wontewe, Oxfam's country directory in Liberia. "There is an urgent need for transportation to help refugees move to camps further inside Liberia, where food and shelter can be safely provided. This needs to happen before the rainy season and further refugee flows make the challenge even ha…

Q & A WITH FRESH INFO ON THE SOMO /AAI / GLOBAL GAP RELEVANCY DEBATE

March 28, 2011


Fresh Info has taken an interest in the building story that the SOMO / AAI report has generated.


Here is the interview conducted by News Editor Alex Lawson with the IMO:


Hello Alex;

Thank you very much for your interest in this subject.
I believe that it is an issue that goes beyond the Fresh Fruit Industry and if all the talk of Social Responsibility and Sustainability are to be taken seriously, it must be addressed and firm resolve to correct these glaring errors must be exercised. My answers to your questions are below:
Kind Regards,
Will Cavan Executive Director International mango Organization (IMO) Vista, California
On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 2:23 AM, Alex Lawson <alex.lawson@fpj.co.uk> wrote:Dear Will,
Please could you answer the questions below by tomorrow, I would like to write a news piece for freshinfo.comon the subject. Is that ok?

FEEDBACK ON GLOBAL MANGO CROP REPORTING AGENCY (GMCRA)

BY Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)




March 28, 2011


It is very important to note that in the western Hemisphere, particularly, Mexico, Central and South America, the National Mango Board (NMB) an official mango marketing order established by USDA and funded by grower impounds is coordinating an effort which will be public information.


In South Africa, SUBTROP has an excellent model in place and they have agreed to cooperate.


CARDI has expressed an interest for the Carribbean area.


ITFNet based in Malaysia has offered to cooperate for the South east Asia region data coordination.


The IMO is waiting for Feedback from India, and hopes that Dr. Victor Galan will help with this effort at the upcoming mango Symposium in India in June 21-24.


We will wait to hear from Mr. H.P Singh from India, who is the ISHS Mango representative.


Pakistan is in the process of organizing a Growers Association and the IMO will lobby for Data Collection and Grove registration to be a co…