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Two USDA Agencies Collaborate on Outbreak Cause Assessment

May 7, 2014 

by Linda Larsen





Two US. Department of Agriculture agencies are going to collaborate on an effort to assess the root cause in foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. Every year in this country, 48,000,000 people are sickened with a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die.






The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that details the responsibilities and roles of each agency.








The assessments include observational study design, questionnaire development, collection of data and samples, and statistical analysis and reporting. 


Those facets are all included in the investigation of a foodborne illness outbreak. 



The assessment team will also provide “frequent, descriptive updates” on an ongoing outbreak, and all keep the CDC, FDA, and State Departments of Health informed of the investigation.




Once the assessment is complete, further detailed analysis could hel…

HOW MANY MANGO DISTRIBUTORS/IMPORTERS ARE PART OF THE PMA PRODUCE TRACEABILITY INITIATIVE ????

"The International Mango Organization (IMO) & Mango World Magazine (MWM) have been calling for for years that the National Mango Board (NMB) and its members take an active role in The Produce Traceability Initiative driven by Produce Industry leader PMA. To date nothing has been done."

~ Will Cavan Executive Director International Mango Organization (IMO) Publisher Mango World Magazine (MWM) (IMO BLOG)





Participating Industry Companies PTI is supported by the volunteer work of dozens of companies that hail from across the fresh produce supply chain, from farm to store to table. Representatives of these co​mpanies currently serve as volunteers to PTI's Leadership Council, Executive Committee, working groups and/or task forces. This list is updated quarterly: A Duda and Sons IncAlpine Fresh, Inc.Associated Wholesale GrocersBen E Keith CoC.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.California GiantCastellini CompanyChiquita/Fresh ExpressChurch Brothers, LLCColumbine VineyardsConsumers Produce,…

RECALLED MANGOES : ORGANIC IN NAME ONLY ???

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporate interests represented by the Organic Trade Association, without any input from the public, http://mosesorganic.org changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in certified organic. 






Prior to the change, industry needed 10 of 15 votes in order keep a non-organic material on the National List of allowed substances in organic, or the material would automatically be dropped, or "sunsetted" after a five-year period. 



Under the new rules, non-organic materials automatically remain on the list, unless 10 board members vote to remove them from the list. 



The rule change now all but guarantees that when the NOSB (now comprised of a majority of industry representatives as opposed to organic consumer or organic farmer representatives) meets every six months, the list of non-organic and synthetic materials allowed in organic will get lo…

WHEN WILL NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB) EMBRACE TRACEABILITY & ACCOUNTABILITY ????

"The tools exist to traceback an incident of this type and to pinpoint the exact location and culprit. Yet NMB refuses to embrace this type of accountability and ultimately gives a "Black Eye" to the entire industry rather than to isolate an incident."


"The National Mango Board (NMB) is "holding out" on critical information to protect the guilty rather than open up and protect the innocent."

"It is time for an internal audit to find the weak points in the system by the National Mango Board (NMB) to expose the weaknesses for the greater good of the mango industry."

~Will Cavan Executive Director International Mango Organization (IMO)





Here is the National Mango Board's pathetic attempt to appear to be "Engaged" in this outbreak process.








Dear Mango Industry,






Here’s what we’ve learned. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) on an annual basis develops a list of foods that will be …

LAB SET UP TO BEGIN TRACEBACK PROCESS ON THE FOOD THAT WE EAT

This is the Laboratory that hopefully will integrate with the traceability project that will inform consumers about each product and where the fruit/vegetables are grown on a per farm basis.






Published on Apr 18, 2014


This mini-documentary describes the launch of the Natural News Forensic Food Lab and its mission to publicly document analytical research on the heavy metals.



































































SOIL IS THE ULTIMATE "BACKSTOP" FOR TRACEABILITY

Whole Foods Market (WFM) stock plunges 20% after Natural News reveals 'big lie' on toxic heavy metals














Wednesday, May 07, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Tags: Whole Foodsshare pricemarket plunge










(NaturalNews) 


The stock of Whole Foods Market (WFM) plunged 20% in the opening hours today, the day after Natural News published a bombshell article revealing that some Whole Foods Market employees are lying to customers about the presence of toxic heavy metals in rice protein products sold at Whole Foods stores.


Click here to see real-time WFM stock prices on Yahoo Finance.








"Whole Foods shares suffering worst day in 7 years" reported Marketwatch.com


The collapse of WFM shares is widely attributed to disappointing earnings reports and loss of investor confidence, but consumer confidence is also being shattered when stories come out showing Whole Foods is misleading its own customers about toxins in the products it sells.


(And for the record, we did not call for readers to…