EASING THE FLOW OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FROM MEXICO AND CANADA

Now that it’s June, many of us are enjoying a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables that will be available throughout the summer.  During the rest of the year, some of these same fresh fruits and vegetables are available to American consumers thanks to trade…

USDA LOOKING FOR A BIG INCREASE IN INSPECTION FEES

  The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to significantly increase many of the fees it charges, and to add two new fees, for conducting agricultural quarantine inspections at U.S. ports of entry. APHIS is also proposing to adjust the…

U.S. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN PROVISION HARM AGRICULTURAL COMMERCE

(Bloomberg) — The World Trade Organization judges ruled on Friday that U.S. country-of-origin labeling provisions violate global trade rules and unjustly harm agricultural commerce. The ruling backed claims by Canada and Mexico in 2008 that the provisions, which apply to beef, pork and chicken as…

U.S. food safety risks since 9/11: Pest explosion breaks out as anti-terror measures took priority

CBP CHECKING FOR PESTS IN IMPORTED GOODS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Monday, October 10, 2011 FRESNO, Calif. — Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on…