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FUNDACION PRODUCE SINALOA CELEBRA 15 AñOS TRANSFERIENDO TECHNOLOGIA

El ex Presidente Ejecutivo de Fundación Produce Sinaloa (FPS), A.C., considera preponderante proporcionar mayor tecnología a los productores Por motivo del XV aniversario de FPS, Rolando Zubía Rivera comentó sobre los inicios y actividades que la Fundación tiene a su cargo, y sobre las prioridades que deben atenderse.
     Señaló que FPS es una organización de productores que ya ha tenido su periodo de maduración y que los objetivos que se propusieron cuando inició se han cumplido satisfactoriamente.
http://www.fps.org.mx/divulgacion/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=709:rolando-zubia-rivera-aumentar-la-produccion-con-la-transferencia-de-tecnologia&catid=37:sinaloa-produce&Itemid=373

MARKET CHATTER: May 02, 2011

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)


May 02, 2011




IMO sources around the USA are reporting demand waning after the CINCO DE MAYO ads pulled that peaked over this weekend.


One importer reported on Monday, May 02, 2011; Chain store business cutting back on commitments by 2 out of 11 loads. Signaling the end of the promotion demand for mangoes.


Prices have pulled up out of the three dollar range into the low four dollar range with some quotes as high as $4.50 per (4kg) carton. However none of the Texas and east coast importers interviewed could confirm sales at the $4.50 number.

MEXICO MANGO SEASON OVERVIEW (MAY 02, 2011)

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)


Vista, California


May 02, 2011


IMO sources in Mexico report that despite false alarms about export volumes out of Mexico due to frosts and misinformation, 2011 is looking to be a record year for volume exports  for MEXICO MANGO SHIPPERS.


To date for the 2011 Mexican mango season, Michoacan has shipped 5,864,511 cartons through April 29, 2011.

VIEWER COMMENTS : Sergio de los Santos Villalobos (Phd. candidate, Mexico)

LinkedInSergio de los Santos Villalobos has sent you a message. Date: 5/02/2011 Subject: My projects
Estimado Will.

¿Cómo se encuentra?, me da gusto haber establecido contacto con usted.

En estos momentos me encuentro en la parte final del Doctorado en México en CINVESTAV Unidad Irapuato en el departamento de Bioquímica y Biotecnología de Plantas.


 Actualmente estoy trabajando sobre aspectos que hemos identificado como puntos críticos en la cadena de valor de mango los cuales son:


 i) Inducción floral,


 ii) manejo de enfermedades 


y


 iii) aprovechamiento de los residuos generados en la industrialización de mango fresco.


 Todo esto a nivel bioquímico, fisiológico y molecular con la objetivo de proponer alternativas amigables con el ambiente, a base de microorganismos, que contribuyan a la disminución de los problemas económicos y ambientales de las prácticas actuales.

He leído sus blogs, los cuales son muy interesantes.


 Ojalá podamos charlar más sobre estos temas que son muy interesantes y pode…

FRESH CUT MANGO MARKET WILL ONLY WORK IF THE BRIX IS IN THE FRUIT

IMO NOTE: Once again NMB does not get it. 
Fresh cut will only work with non HWT fruit. 
The fruit has to have brix at a level of minimum 12 degrees.
From the Packer Newspaper article by Jim Offner. 
( Full link from packer at the bottom of post ) :
"A potential problem, though, is that fresh-cut fruit has to fit certain size profiles, Campbell said.
“They expect 600- to 800-gram fruit, down to a pound and a half,” he said. “That’s why you’re seeing worldwide a lot of planting of keitts, because keitt is the right size.”
The industry is making some strides with pre-cut, said Chris Ciruli, partner in Rio Rico, Ariz.-based Ciruli Bros.
“We’re seeing more fresh-cut at retail,” he said. “We’re seeing more demand for packaged, whether it’s clamshells or consumer boxes. And we’re seeing that as a fast-growing segment, where we can add recipes and add cutting displays.”
Wade Shiba, mango board member and president of GM Produce Sales, Missouri City, Texas, also said mangoes are cutting into the …

WALMART ESTABLISHES OWN FOOD SAFETY STANDARD THAT INCLUDES GROWERS AS WELL

Walmart & Sam’s Club rolled out a Produce Safety Initiative on November 30, 2010 to all suppliers worldwide, and it will affect all produce suppliers who supply to Walmart & Sam's Club. In the past, certification has applied only to the packhouse/warehouse level, however this now requires growers to obtain certification. Walmart accepts a number of GAP standards, as well as the Walmart approved Certification Body. Walmart is committed to this system and participation by our produce suppliers is Mandatory.  Every  corporate location, broker/distributor and packhouse (cold storage for field pack items) facilty with its own  pyhsical address used to provide product to our Stores or Clubs should be registered in the iCiX system  individually.  Once registered in iCiX, or if your operations are already registered, please upload a copy of  your current GFSI certificate or final audit report (for non-GFSI benchmarked audits) and corrective action  report into the iCiX system and grant vi…

PERU: NUEVOS RETOS CON EL CRECIMIENTO

"Hasta el año pasado, los buques porta-contenedores que hacen escala en el Callao, principal puerto del Perú tuvieron que cargar y descargar por procesos que serían impensables en la mayoría de las economías desarrolladas.


 Los contenedores son levantados por grúas móviles ineficientes o por las del propio barco. Sin embargo, desde que DP World, uno de los mayores operadores del mundo, ha abierto una nueva terminal en el puerto en mayo del año pasado, la entrada principal de navegación del Perú ha obtenido seis grúas grandes y modernas, esto significa que la maniobra toma una fracción del tiempo que antes. "




http://www.freshplaza.es/news_detail.asp?id=51351





MEXICO: ESTUDIAN AL AGUA DE RIEGO COMO FUENTE DE SALMONELA

¿Puede la presencia de microorganismos patógenos alcanzar la superficie de frutos frescos utilizando el agua como medio de transporte? Después de cotejar cepas de Salmonella sp. en diferentes canales de agua, con la finalidad de establecer un origen común y revelar el seguimiento de la fuente microbiana, se llegó a la conclusión de que la contaminación encontrada en los productos cosechados no tiene un origen relacionado con el agua.
    Sin embargo, se demostró la existencia de una diversidad de serotipos (variedades) de Salmonella, encontrados en el agua de uso agrícola, así como una alta resistencia de éstos a varios antibióticos.
http://www.fps.org.mx/divulgacion/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=711:el-agua-de-uso-agricola-como-vehiculo-de-transferencia-de-salmonella-sp&catid=37:sinaloa-produce&Itemid=373


FORMER USDA OFFICIALS: "TIME TO EXPAND THE FOOD SAFETY DEBATE BEYOND E.COLI"

"There are real people whose lives have been tragically altered by the presence of virulent pathogens in meat that bears the USDA seal of inspection.  
These pathogens are considered adulterants as defined by the Federal Meat Inspection Act. 
Currently, the U.S. government is not meeting either the letter of the law nor the societal expectation that our food will not make us sick.  
We urge the President, his appointees and the industry to join us in supporting FSIS's efforts to get non-O157 STECs out of our ground beef. "
~ Carol L. Tucker-Foreman was USDA Assistant Secretary for Food and Consumer Services, 1977-81. Her responsibilities included the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Food and Nutrition Service and elements of the Agricultural Marketing Service.  &  Richard A. Raymond, M.D., was USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety, 2005-2008.

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/05/its-time-to-move-the-needle-on-non-o157h7-stecs/


KENYA EXPORTERS HIT THE WALL AS E.U. IMPLEMENTS NEW PESTICIDE RESIDUE LIMITS

"Kenya is finding it harder to sell fresh produce to its key markets in the European Union as major supermarkets implement new pesticide regulations. The new regulations announced by the EU last year, whose implementation began early this month, sharply reduce allowed residue limits in pesticides. This means farmers need to ensure produce has no traces of pesticides that could be harmful to humans, especially common pesticides such as dimethioate. Although scientists advised that dimethioate was safe, the EU Parliament passed a vote under directive 994 that regulates the pesticides use to drastically reduce the residue limits from 5mg/kg to 0.02mg/kg. Stephen Mbithi, the chief executive at the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya warned that farmers could see their produce blocked from the EU market if they failed to comply with the regulations."
Tom Karst, Editor of the Packer newspaper found this story of note and posted via his Linkedin account:


http://www.linkedin.com/…

ETHICS IN BUSINESS & LIFE: "THE FOUR WAY TEST"

"Next, he checked the statement with his four department heads: a Roman Catholic, a Christian Scientist, an Orthodox Jew and a Presbyterian. They all agreed that the Test’s principles not only coincided with their religious beliefs, but also provided an exemplary guide for personal and business life. And so, “The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do” was born: 1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Profound in its simplicity, the Test became the basis for decisions large and small at Club Aluminum. But any test must be put to the test. Would it work in the real world? Could people in business really live by its precepts?"
 One lawyer told Herb: “If I followed the Test explicitly, I would starve to death. Where business is concerned, I think The Four-Way Test is absolutely impractical.”
Here is a complete guide to the 4 way test:
http://www.thefourwaytest.com/