Fresh produce market prices improved mid-week as expected. The post-Thanksgiving slowdown lasted the typical ten days, and prices improved after storage coolers were emptied again.
Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of organic romaine hearts.
The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, is investigating illnesses in a third multistate outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 infections this Fall.
Out of an abundance of caution, Tanimura & Antle Inc. is voluntarily recalling its packaged single head romaine lettuce under the Tanimura & Antle brand, labeled with a packed on date of 10/15/2020 or 10/16/2020, due to possible contamination with E. Coli O157:H7.
LGMA seems to be saying that romaine safety cannot be guaranteed by current testing methods, which is not the kind of impression that the industry probably wants to leave.
Prices on many leaf and lettuce items from the Salinas, CA, area keep rising for a variety of reasons from bad weather to soil diseases to strong demand.
On October 15, CPMA food safety specialist Jeff Hall alerted members that CPMA created a task force to address the CFIA rules.
In response to CFIA requirements, a group of industry associations released a Question-and-Answer document, which was updated October 7.
We are writing today to express our deep concerns with the intended implementation on October 5th of CFIA’s new temporary preventative control measures for romaine lettuce imported from the U.S.
Effective October 7, 2020, the CFIA will require importers to either provide proof that romaine lettuce destined for import into Canada does not originate from counties in the Salinas Valley, or provide an official certificate of analysis from an accredited laboratory confirming that the lettuce has below-detectable levels of E. coli.