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ROOT CAUSE MAY NEVER BE FOUND IN EUROPEAN E. COLI CASES

Smoking gun elusive in deadly E. coli outbreak By DAVID RISING and MIKE STOBBE 
Associated Press
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BERLIN (AP) -- European health officials tracking one of the worst E. coli outbreaks on record might never know where it came from.
 It's a sad fact of life in food poisoning cases: There often is no smoking gun.

The germ has sickened more than 1,500 people, mostly in Germany. 
Most patients who have been interviewed said they ate lettuce, tomatoes or cucumbers, but officials testing produce across the continent have yet to find any vegetables with the particular strain involved.
Illnesses can occur days after tainted food is eaten and leftovers thrown out, so "the trail gets cold pretty quick," said Bill Marler, a Seattle attorney who specializes in food poisoning cases.
"They might never find the cause of the outbreak," said Paul Hunter, professor of health protection at England's University of East Anglia. "In most foodborne …

IMO OBJECTIVES DEFINED

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista , California


June 1, 2011




The IMO has been very busy attempting to define priorities for the Global mango Community.


Contrary to popular belief, issues such as the NMB only take up a small percentage of our time.


Of the nearly 1400 posts since March 14th of this year, only 63 have had to do with the NMB (Good & Bad)


Since our founding in August of 2000, the IMo has made it a priority to address critical issues in the Global mango Community in (5) Five areas:


1. - Supply/Production


2.- Demand/ Markets


3. Social Responsibility / Sustainability


4.- Transportation


5.- Technology




We are proud of our effort to make the Global mango Community aware of Phyto sanitary protocol alternatives to the destructive Hot water treatment that depletes valuable nutritional components in a mango.


In addition, The IMO has always felt that the Social Reponsibility and Sustainability componenets are critical to a healthy industry. At our firs…

FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY: RANCHO TISSUE TECHNOLGIES (GENETICALLY IDENTICAL PLANTS)

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INDIA & SULTAN OF OMAN TO COLLABORATE ON MANGO ENCYCLOPEDIA

Sultanate and India join hands - Encyclopaedia on mangoesThu, 02 June 2011 By Kabeer Yousuf -
MUSCAT — Taking the mutual relations that exist between the Sultanate of Oman and India to further levels, the two countries are jointly working on an encyclopaedia about the varieties of mangoes that grow in the two countries.
This vast lexicon that will elucidate the numerous types of mangoes that are being cultivated and exported to different countries by these two countries will also look into the botanical analysis and its segment-wise demand.
This was announced by the Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate, Anil Wadhwa, at the opening ceremony of the LuLu Mango Mania recently.
“Such an encyclopaedia will be a tribute to the global acceptability of mango tradition of Oman and India which has a rich collection of mangoes to the tune of more than 300,” the ambassador told the Observer.

http://main.omanobserver.om/node/53318


PERU MANGO EXPORTERS PLAN TO PROMOTE THEIR PRODUCT AT THE FRUIT LOGISTICA IN HONG KONG THIS SEPTEMBER 7-9, 2011

Peruvian mango to be promoted at Fruit Logistica in China Peruvian mango. Photo: Internet





















Lima, Jun. 01 (ANDINA).
 Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (APEM) said that they will promote such fruit in China by participating in Asia Fruit Logistica trade show, with the aim of increasing sales in that market, to which only 35 containers were sent during 2010-2011 period.

USING SOCIAL MEDIA AND MODERN TECHNOLOGY TO TRACK THE GLOBAL BEE POPULATION

More Science
BeeSpotter Concern about pollinator declines has increased in recent years, and, where pollinator status has been monitored over time, scientists are seeing some dramatic reductions in numbers. For most pollinators, however, there are simply no baseline data available to allow for an evaluation of changes in abundance. Beespotter is a Web-based partnership between the professional science community and citizen scientists—starting in Illinois exclusively but with the goal of spreading nationwide—to meet a critical need for data collection and to provide opportunities for the public to learn more about these ecologically essential organisms.

Species in the family Apidae—honey bees and bumble bees—are ideal subjects for citizen-scientist contributions to experimentation and data collection. Because of their striking coloration and readily recognizable shape and behavior, as well as their relatively large size (at least as far as insects are concerned), honey bees and bumble be…

INDUSTRIA DE MANGO EN MEXICO ENFRENTA GRAVE MOMENTO (SOBRE TODO; ATAULFO Y MANILA)

Veracruz
México: Mango manila sufre por sequía y perjudica la industria

Debido a la falta de humedad en el campo de la región en la sequía, la producción de mango manila proveniente de la zona agrícola de Veracruz, no se vio favorecido en tamaño y consistencia, por lo que se encuentra a muy bajo costo, lo que trae como consecuencia que no pueda competir con productos procedentes del sur del país.

Ramón Gómez Narváez, secretario general de la Unión de Comerciantes del mercado 18 de Marzo, indicó que debido a la consistencia de este producto, los consumidores buscan el fruto con mayor calidad, pues debido a la región de donde son procedentes, con condiciones climáticas mayormente favorables, presentan mejores estándares de calidad.

“Que el mango venga recortado provocara baja en el precio y bajará la calidad, por lo que ya no compite con otro producto, mango ataulfo de Chiapas, los consumidores empiezan a preferir el otro mango que trae mejor calidad y mejor consistencia, por eso el prec…

LA TRISTE HISTORIA DEL ATAULFO....DONDE ESTABA EL "Dr." RICHARD CAMPBELL CUANDO LO NECESITABAN ????

NOTA DEL IMO: ESTA TRISTE HISTORIA PUDO HABERSE EVITADO CON PRACTICAS RESPONSABLES....


1 de Junio de 2011 El mango de Ataulfo es muy conocido en EEUU, donde se ha convertido en un manjar. Pero la producción de esta fruta disminuye cada año porque a los campesinos no les compensa. Las condiciones climatológicas cambiantes hacen que disminuya la calidad y los beneficios de la cosecha. La caña de azúcar es mucho más rentable. Solía ser fácil cultivar mangos: cada año llegaban las lluvias, las abejas y otros polinizadores hacían su trabajo y pronto los mangos estaban listos para recoger. Pero este año una combinación de fuertes lluvias y las temperaturas extremas provocaron que las flores de mango florecieran antes de tiempo. Esto, a su vez, produce pequeños mangos sin pepitas que son prácticamente inservibles. En los últimos dos años, el cultivo de mango Ataulfo (la variedad de color dorado se vende como mango “champagne” en EEUU) ha caído un 60 por ciento.  Como resultado, muchos productores …

THE SAD STORY OF THE ATAULFO MANGO.......

IMO NOTE: HAD THE RESEARCH BEEN DONE, AND THE RESPONSIBLE MEMBERS OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY BEEN LISTENED TO, THIS CRISIS COULD HAVE BEEN AVERTED




Mexico’s "Champagne" mangoes go flat
June 1st, 2011 Strong rains and extreme temperatures in the Mexican state of Chiapas have led to smaller mango sizes, pushing many farmers to shift crops to sugarcane and palm plantations, website Lainformacion.com reported. The story reported weather conditions meant many mango plants were flowering early, producing smaller fruit without pips. Farmer Roberto Fourzali Moisés told the website half of his Ataulfo mango crop suffered malformations this year and were not able to be sold. “We are suffering from the damage caused by heat and rain. We are in a very strange year,” Fourzali Moisés was quoted as saying. Chiapas produces more Ataulfo mangoes, known as the ‘Champagne’ variety in the U.S., than any other Mexican state but harvests have fallen 60% in the last two years, the story reported. The stor…