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The Day South Florida Agriculture Changed

Dan Cooper Corn, Cucurbits, Florida, Fruit, General, Grains, Grapes, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Mangos, Mushrooms, Onion, Organic, Peaches, Pecan, Pomegranates, potato, Produce, Stone Fruit, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables, Watermelon, Wheat

Submitted by Gene McAvoy, Regional Vegetable Extension Agent IV Emeritus with UF/IFAS “Up to the end of Feb our growers were having a banner year and it looked like this season would be one of those homeruns that come around every 5-6 years.” Here is a report that I prepared on the state of S Florida ag and shared with …

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FDACS Agricultural and Seafood Availability Notice

Dan Cooper Avocado, Berries, Citrus, Corn, Cucurbits, Florida, Fruit, Grains, Grapes, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Mangos, Mushrooms, Nuts, Olives, Onion, Organic, Peaches, Pecan, Pomegranates, potato, Produce, Stone Fruit, Strawberry, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables, Watermelon, Wheat

(HCCGA) — FDACS has created the attached form for producers to fill out with their product availability. Once submitted, FDACS will utilize to forward to their Fresh From Florida contacts, as well as the Florida Department of Corrections, food banks and make connections with other State Departments of Agriculture in hopes of providing market opportunities to move product during the Coronavirus …

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Public Field Hearings in Florida and Georgia on Seasonal and Perishable Produce Postponed

Dan Cooper Agri-business, Florida, Food Safety, General, Georgia, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Organic, Produce

(USTR) — Consistent with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the field hearings scheduled in Florida and Georgia on April 7 and April 9 by the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Commerce will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date. Interested parties are still encouraged to submit written comments and information …

romaine lettuce

Update on Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreaks and Investigation

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Illnesses subsiding, FDA continues to aggressively investigate source and route of contamination to prevent future outbreaks (FDA) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing an update on its investigation of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. The FDA takes its responsibility of protecting the public from unsafe food very seriously and is committed to providing …

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Recalled Lettuce in E. coli Outbreak From California, Not Florida

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables

(FDACS) — On Friday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that romaine lettuce associated with an outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 is likely from the Salinas growing region of California. Forty illnesses have been reported across 16 states since Sept. 24. Florida-grown lettuce is not implicated in this outbreak, and the FDA has indicated there are neither positive samples nor reported illnesses …

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Commissioner Fried on ITC Ruling on Mexican Tomato Threat

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables

(FDACS) — The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 affirming that imported Mexican tomatoes unfairly threaten the American tomato industry. The ruling came after the U.S. Department of Commerce recently reopened the antidumping investigation that began in 1996, and after finding that Mexican tomatoes had been dumped into the U.S. market at prices 21 percent below fair market value, on average. In …

romaine lettuce

Packaged Romaine Recalled Before Holiday

Dan Cooper Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

A growing E. coli outbreak and advisory before Thanksgiving is reminding everyone of last year, but this one is less encompassing. Around 100,000 pounds of packaged salads have been recalled due to E. coli illness reports in eight states. The salads are Ready Pac products from Missa Bay out of Maryland. Seventeen illnesses with seven hospitalizations have been reported. The …

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Outbreak of E. coli Possibly Linked to Romaine Lettuce Appears to Be Over

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables

(FDA) — “We are sharing news of a recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that was likely associated with romaine lettuce. We do not believe there is a current or ongoing risk to the public and we are not recommending the public avoid consuming romaine lettuce,” said U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas. “However, …