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FOOD SAFETY ATTORNEY COMMENTS ON USDA / FSIS

Source Food safety News
IMO NOTE : Bill Marler is one of the premier Food Safety attorneys in the USA.

It is past time for the USDA/FSIS to deem "the Big Six" E. coli as adulterants
POSTED BY BILL MARLER ON APRIL 12, 2011


In October 2009 that we filed a “Petition for an Interpretive Rule Declaring enterohemorrhagic Shiga Toxin-producing Serotypes of Escherichia coli, Including Non-O157 Serotypes, to be Adulterants Within the Meaning of 21 U.S.C. § 601(m)(1)” with the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). 
Since I filed the Petition, I have also filed two supplements (See, First and Second) and provided the FSIS with my private test results.

When I filed the Petition, Mead, et. al., estimated that non-O157 STECs (like O26, O45, 0103, O111, O121, and O145) caused 36,000 illnesses, 1,000 hospitalizations and 30 deaths in America each year.
 Now, admittedly, not all, or most of these illnesses and deaths were caused by vectors overseen by FSIS, but clearly some have
 However, the …

USA : FOOD SAFETY AGENCIES SPARED FROM BUDGET CUTS

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Federal Food Safety Agencies Spared Major Cuts
BY HELENA BOTTEMILLER | APR 13, 2011


Key food safety agencies will likely escape major budget cuts for the remainder of the fiscal year, according to new details released by congressional appropriators.

Though lawmakers reached an historic agreement late last Friday to avoid federal government shutdown up against an expiring stop-gap budget measure, the details of the roughly $38 billion in cuts in the long-term resolution to fund the government through September are only starting to emerge.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, an agency faced with increased authority and a growing mandate, not only avoided cuts, but is slated to receive $107 million more than it did in FY 2010, a 4 percent increase in the face of government-wide cuts.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection service is in position to receive about $10 million less than FY 2010, "while allowing for uninterrupted meat, poultr…

NYK LINE : WAITING GAME & STICKING TO PLAN PAY OFF

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 4/13/2011 10:11:41 AM NYK waits on vessel innovation
   NYK Group President Yasumi Kudo made a pledge in early 2010 to reduce his company’s asset load, specifically saying the company would thin its owned containership fleet and rely more on chartered vessels.

   Since then, the company has followed the plan to a “T.” 


In 2010, it was one of only two liner carriers in the global top 20 (compatriot carrier “K” Line was the other) to actually reduce its fleet size, counting owned and chartered capacity.

   Kudo said the move to shed owned tonnage was necessary to combat short-term dynamics in the liner industry.


 But since last summer, a handful of lines have jumped back onto the ship ordering conveyor belt, none more dramatically than Maersk Line with its recent order for 18,000-TEU ships.
Kudo
The current passage of reordering shines an even brighter light on NYK’s against-the-grain strategy. 


The line operates 101 ships, representing 398,445 TEUs o…

2011 WILL BE LEAN YEAR FOR SOME SHIPPING LINES

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 4/13/2011 10:21:36 AM Drewry: Some carriers will lose money in ’11
   Some container shipping lines may struggle to break even in 2011 after netting huge profits in 2010, according to the latest edition of Drewry Shipping Consultants’ Container Forecaster.

   The dire projections come as lines have largely ignored the lessons learned in 2009 and engaged in reckless rate cutting, the London-based consultant said.

   “In December, Drewry forecast that container shipping industry-wide profits will be reduced to $7 billion to $8 billion this year, down from the $17 billion bonanza of 2010,” Drewry said.


 “However, ill-discipline on rates and capacity management, combined with escalating operating costs, means that Drewry now thinks that many carriers will struggle to break even.

   “The warning signs were there in the fourth quarter of last year as carriers were unable to sustain the upward momentum in profits of the first three quarters of 2010 as h…

INDIA : OVERALL BAD YEAR FOR MANGO GROWERS

Source : http://www.moneycontrol.com (INDIA)
UP mango production down 73% due to poor weatherPublished on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 14:05 |  Source : PTI Updated at Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 14:07  

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INDIA : WAITING FOR KING ALPHONSO

Source : http://ibnlive.in.com

Tamilnadu mangoes enter Valsad market

PTI | 04:04 PM,Apr 13,2011


Vadodara, Apr 13 (PTI)



High costs and delay in arrival of the famous Alphonso here have resulted in mangoes from Tamilnadu making their way into the markets in Valsad, which is known for the highest production of mangoes in the entire state of Gujarat.

The arrivals have delayed by a month and also due to high cost of famous Ratnagiri Mango from neighbouring state of Maharashtra which is priced at Rs 2500 to Rs 3000 per bag (20 kgs), mangoes from Tamilndu quoted at Rs 800 for Alphonso, Rs 600 for Totapuri and Rs 500 for lalbag have entered Gujarat markets, said Arun Tripathi, a mango dealer here.


Mango farmers of Valsad are a worried lot due to extreme changes in the weather.


Damaged flowering this season had not left them with much hope of a good harvest.

After good flowering in the month of january this year , hopes rose for high yield of mango crop but damages in the subsequent months o…

N.Y. TIMES SYNDICATED COLUMNIST MELISSA CLARK ON MANGOS

IMO NOTE : This is the second time in less than a week that this column has run on the west coast. From Seattle to San Jose, readers are learning about the Flavorful mangos that are out there. The truth about Tommy Atkin variety can not be covered up forever! This writer lays it all on the line. Now with the RAW certification coming out...HWT mangos are a thing of the past.
For everything there is a season, including
mangoes By Melissa Clark
New York Times

Posted: 04/12/2011 12:01:00 PM PDT In spring, it's so easy to become wrapped up trolling the farmers market, looking for the first skinny blades of rhubarb or pungent ramps, that you can forget there is an entire world out there, where seasons can differ from ours.
In warmer climates, tasty things are ripening, just waiting to be called lunch.

Mangoes never will be local fare here, but the best ones are starting to come into U.S. markets right now.

Beginning in April and peaking in May and June, mangoes from India, the Caribbean, Gu…

UFFVA NEW BOARD SET TO GET DOWN TO BUSINESS WITH RETAILER INPUT

Source : United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association news release
Kroger's Griffin Set to Helm United Fresh Board Email Print
Reggie Griffin, The Kroger Co.'s corporate VP of produce & floral merchandising & procurement, is poised to ascend to chairman of the board of the United Fresh Produce Association at its May 2, 2011 meeting in New Orleans.
Also nominated as United Fresh's chairman-elect is David W. Krause, president, Paramount Citrus, along with Ron Midyett, incoming sec./treasurer, who is CEO of Apio Inc.
 Current board chair Steffanie Smith, CEO of River Point Farms will move to the position of immediate past chairman and remain on the board and the executive committee.
“In total, the slate of nominees for our consolidated board of directors (details for which appear below), together with our returning board members and new officers, makes this a tremendously diverse and skilled set of leaders to represent our entire industry and guide our association in the y…

BILL CLINTON & UCSD: A WINNING COMBINATION FOR A GLOBAL INITIATIVE

Source : The UCSD ALUMNI Newsletter



















Two Alumni Bring Clinton to Campus



By Yelena Akopian, Muir ’11


It was one bright idea and a lot of hard work from two alumni that brought recent global attention to UC San Diego, when the campus hosted the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference April 1-3. 




Founded and presided over by former president Bill Clinton, the prestigious event aims to empower students, particularly those who are “social entrepreneurs,” to create tangible solutions to global real-world problems.

After being involved with past CGI U events in Miami and New York, Shirin Jamshidi, Warren ’08, realized that UCSD didn’t have a strong presence at these conferences, despite being a nationally recognized pioneer in CGI U’s five categories of interest—education, poverty, human rights, climate change and health.

SERVING A CAUSE GREATER THAN SELF IS WHAT "IT" IS ALL ABOUT

Ben Stein's final column --

For many years Ben Stein has written a biweekly column called
''Monday Night At Morton's.''  (Morton's is a famous chain of Steakhouses known to be frequented by movie stars and famous people from around the globe.)  Now, Ben is terminating the column to move on to other things in his life.  Reading his final column is worth a few minutes of your time.

Ben Stein's Last Column...

How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today's World?

As I begin to write this, I 'slug' it, as we writers say, which means I put a heading on top of the document to identify it. This heading is 'eonline FINAL,' and it gives me a shiver to write it.  I have been doing this column for so long that I cannot even  recall when I started. I loved writing this column so much for so long I came to believe it would never end.

It worked well for a long time, but gradually, my changing as a person and the world's change …

PROGRESSIVE GROCER : SUPERMARKET SALES STABLE

Source : Progressive Grocer Magazine
Apr 13, 2011 March Sales Show Consumers Confident But Cautious Email Print

From clothing and electronics to home furnishings and building materials, retail sales in March increased across the board for the ninth straight month.
That’s according to the National Retail Federation, which reported that retail industry sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) for March increased 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted from February and 3.9 percent unadjusted year over year.
“Shoppers last month were eager to take advantage of retailers’ spring promotions on everything from apparel to outdoor furniture,” said Matthew Shay, NRF president and CEO. “While current indicators point to a more confident consumer, increasing gas prices and a cramped job market could hamper consumer spending during the upcoming summer months, a key time of year for retailers.”
Sales at grocery stores increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and 4.1 percent unad…

ORGANIC MANGO PRODUCTION IN NAYARIT MEXICO

IMO NOTE : At the request of our good friend Johan Botha in South Africa, the IMO has loosely translated the report by Freshplaza.es on a recent presentation given by Jesus Valero Garza on technology transfer in the organic mango sector in San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico.
México: Implementan tecnologías para producir mango orgánico 

El tema fue presentado por Jesús Valero Garza en el XIV Congreso Nacional de la Sociedad Mexicana de Ciencias Hortícolas, A.C.
This topic was presented at the 14th National Congress of the Mexican Horticultura Society.

MEXICO : TECHNOLOGIA ORGANICA EN EL MANGO

Fuente: Freshplaza.es


México: Implementan tecnologías para producir mango orgánico 

El tema fue presentado por Jesús Valero Garza en el XIV Congreso Nacional de la Sociedad Mexicana de Ciencias Hortícolas, A.C.

En el marco del XIV Congreso Nacional de la Sociedad Mexicana de Ciencias Hortícolas, A.C., que apoyó Fundación Produce Sinaloa (FPS), A.C., en coordinación con el Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD), Jesús Valero Garza, del Campo Experimental Santiago Ixcuintla del Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP), expuso los resultados de su proyecto Transferencia de tecnología para la producción de mango orgánico en el estado de Nayarit.

HAMBURG SUD : BACK IN BLACK

Hamburg Sud Returns to Profit Bruce Barnard | Apr 13, 2011 1:55PM GMT The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story  |   |  Volume surge, rate rise ride wave of recovering world economy Hamburg-Sud, Germany's second largest ocean carrier and 13th in the world, returned to profit in 2010 from its first ever loss in 2009 as a resurgent world economy boosted cargo volume and bolstered freight rates.

DEMAND TO INCREASE FOR SOURCES OF ENERGY

Source : Freshplaza.com


By Professor John Moverley
Demand for food and energy will increase 50% by 2030

Professor John Moverley, is, amongst arrange of other activities,  a Director of Azurance, a UK based company operating at all levels of the food supply chain nationally and internationally.


 He recently gave a paper to the International Banana Forum held in Guayaquil, Ecuador.



Professor Moverley's paper was presented in two main parts.


 Firstly he addressed issues of food, water and energy security globally and the challenges ahead, particularly in times when many parts of the world are facing financial and other concerns.

ECUADOR : UN FUTURO NEGRO SIN TLC

13 de Abril de 2011 Empresarios solicitan una política “clara” de comercio con Estados Unidos, producto de la suspensión del ATPDEA. En Ecuador creen que la Ley de Preferencias Arancelarias Andinas (ATPDEA) está “condenada a morir”. Fotografía: Andes.info.ecLos beneficios arancelarios para los productos ecuatorianos y colombianos fueron suspendidos en febrero pasado, cuando el Congreso estadounidense decidió no renovar el ATPDEA debido a una falta de acuerdo entre republicanos y demócratas. A este escenario se sumó un conflicto diplomático entre Estados Unidos y Ecuador, que derivó en la salida de sus respectivos embajadores, complicando la llegada a una posible solución. De hecho, algunos empresarios ecuatorianos criticaron al Gobierno por la “precipitada” decisión de declarar persona non grata a la embajadora estadounidense, Heather Hodges. Felipe Ribadeneira, presidente de la Federación Ecuatoriana de Exportadores, comentó que la crisis diplomática por la que atraviesan ambas naciones “…

ECUADOR SCRAMBLES FOR ALTERNATIVES AS FTA COLLAPSES

April 13th, 2011 With no commitments from the U.S. to renew the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) in sight, Ecuador’s government has proposed a system of tax credits for exporters, to be reviewed by the country’s Board of Trade today. The expiration of the agreement has meant increased tariffs for Ecuador’s exporters, but the government aims to cover at least part of that cost with the tax credit scheme, website Eluniverso.com reported. Ecuador's Minister for Production Nathalie Cely Minister for Production Nathalie Cely told the website the tax credit levels would be different for each industry and could likely be traded by different businesses. “For each sector the cap could be between 50% and 60% as a maximum, and the remaining 40% would be borne by the productive sector, so it can pass the WTO rules, because it is a co-financing plan to improve the competitive structure,” she was quoted as saying. Levels of U.S. competition, the impacts of tariffs on competiti…