INDUSTRY PUSHING BACK ON FSMA PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

  FROM FOOD SAFETY NEWS   It will be easier for affected businesses to comply with import safety programs mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) if more and better information from the government is more quickly shared and limitations faced by small and…

NAFTA HAS CHANGED THE WAY WE EAT

FROM:  VOX You probably eat a lot more avocados than your parents did a few decades ago. Same goes for papayas and bell peppers. It might be because you have a refined palate or because you’ve gone and become a foodie, but really, you also…

FDA TO TEAM UP WITH MEXICAN GOVERNMENT FOR SAFER IMPORTS

U.S., Mexico Intend to Form Partnership to Strengthen Produce Safety Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Mexico’s National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) and Federal Commission for the Protection from…

FDA MEDDLING WITH IMPORT ALERTS (NOT GOOD)

From:  FDAImports.com and Ben England Look out, industry: there’s a new way to get put on Import Alert.  FDA is beginning to place firms on import alert based on traceability data collected by FDA and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Firms used…

Mexico-U.S. Near Agreement on Bilateral Tomato Trade Pact

By Adriana Barrera | Reuters MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico and the United States expect to reach agreement on a new bilateral tomato trade pact by the end of the month, Mexico’s economy minister said on Tuesday. In September, the United States responded to pressure…

OBAMA POLITICS WITH TOMATOES COULD START TRADE WAR WITH MEXICO

FROM THE PRODUCE NEWS by Joan Murphy | October 01, 2012 A final decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to terminate the suspension agreement for Mexican tomatoes will reopen a dispute between the trading partners, result in a loss of jobs on both sides…

TRUCKERS AWAITING NEW FDA MODERNIZATION ACT LAWS

All the practical implications of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (now Public Law 111-353) are not yet spelled out when it comes to the trucking industry. What is clear, however, is that the new law, if it withstands post-enactment efforts by opponents still seeking…

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…

Moving Mexican produce is a booming Valley business, no matter how you slice it

  By WILLIAM PACK STAFF WRITER Aug. 13, 2011, 12:52AM Close [X] SAN ANTONIO — Business is booming in the Rio Grande Valley as a result of soaring traffic in fruits and vegetables from Mexico, an increasingly sophisticated produce powerhouse that exports more fruits and…