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INDIA: Israel to help Gir mango farmers ...

ADAM HALLIDAY : Ahmedabad, Wed Sep 05 2012, 05:45 hrs

The government has reached an in-principle agreement with the Israel government to start a horticulture centre at Talala of Gir, where experts from the West Asian country would periodically visit to train mango farmers how to scientifically cultivate the “king of fruits” as they have done at Dapoli, in Maharashtra’s Konkan region, which is home to the Ratnagiri Hafoos mangos.

Israel’s Consul-General in Mumbai Orna Sagiv said in an interview on Tuesday that the horticultural cluster project, which involves setting up of training centres, would also involve setting up similar clusters for vegetables nearby Ahmedabad and a centre for post-harvest management of dates and bananas in Kutch district.

Sagiv said her government hopes it can effect changes in Gir as in Dapoli, where farmers knew how to cultivate the fruit tree but had been reluctant to prune and trim them, leading to stagnant production.

Israeli agricultural scientists had demon…

FIRST AUSTRALIAN MANGOES: First mangoes fetch whopping $50k per tray ...

09:46 AEST Wed Sep 5 2012

The first mangoes of the season have sold for a record-breaking $50,000 at a charity auction in Sydney.

A group of local green-grocers forked out the whopping price for a tray of the lucious Top End treats, pummeling into a pulp the previous record of $40,000 set in 2009.

It means each of the mangoes sold on Wednesday were worth $4166 each - a far cry from 2008, when the entire first tray went for just $7000 as global financial markets were pulverised.

The auction result also means a juicy pay-day for The Cancer Council Australia and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia which share the fruits of the green-grocers' generosity.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson were among those who watched wide-eyed as the bid price rocketed at Sydney Markets, Flemington.

"It's been an absolutely amazing morning," Ms Hodgkinson told AAP.

Mango growers say the bumper price in Sydney signals a decent season ahead,…

Don't let Salmonella sneak up on you. Seven facts that may surprise you—know the risks...

National Salmonella surveillance data are collected through passive surveillance of laboratory-confirmed human Salmonella isolates. 

Clinical diagnostic laboratories submit Salmonella isolates to state and territorial public health laboratories, where they are confirmed and serotyped according to the Kauffmann-White scheme. 

Unusual or untypable serotypes are forwarded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Salmonella Reference Laboratory at the Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch (EDLB) for further characterization or confirmation; results are reported back to state and territorial public health laboratories.

State and territorial public health laboratories send reports electronically to CDC through a variety of mechanisms. 

Initially, all surveillance data were transmitted through the Public Health Laboratory Information System (PHLIS), but other methods of data transmission have been implemented over time; currently data are collected into the Laboratory-base…

Primus Labs helps IMO to understand the Outbreak investigative process ...


A few folks in our group forward the following links that we think will give you some idea of the processes that CDC and FDA utilize:

Pulsenet - and

Bob Whitaker Epi -

Epi -

Paul Marantz article

I think though that the CDC is now part of the new process when outbreaks occur and I think the attached article on CORE is of interest. 

Only just read this myself and realized that FDA & CDC have changed the way they dealing with Outbreaks.,…


Can you notice the difference ??? ... "Even a Caveman can figure it out" !!! ...There ought to be a Law against this....Wait !!!...There is !!! ...

The unauthorized use of logos in the produce industry is a common occurrence.

Unfortunately for Agricola DANIELLA, the 2012 edition of the PRIMUS LABS logo is date stamped.

The communication from Primus Labs President shows the current logo celebrating 25 years in the third party audit business.

Primus Labs President took time out of his busy schedule to explain that unfortunately, misrepresentation of Primus Labs certification does happen.


 I will ask for a few articles from my staff that will help outline the CDC and FDA’s process.

Take care,

Robert Stovicek President
Voice 805.922.0055 | Fax 805.922.2462
PrimusLabs|2810 Industrial Pkwy| Santa Maria, CA

World debt comparison: The global debt clock ...

Our interactive overview of government debt across the planet

The clock is ticking. Every second, it seems, someone in the world takes on more debt. The idea of a debt clock for an individual nation is familiar to anyone who has been to Times Square in New York, where the American public shortfall is revealed. Our clock (updated September 2012) shows the global figure for almost all government debts in dollar terms. Does it matter? After all, world governments owe the money to their own citizens, not to the Martians. But the rising total is important for two reasons. First, when debt rises faster than economic output (as it has been doing in recent years), higher government debt implies more state interference in the economy and higher taxes in the future. Second, debt must be rolled over at regular intervals. This creates a recurring popularity test for individual governments, rather as reality TV sh…

Organic food is costlier, but more nutritious???... No.

Organic food sales are up 800 percent since 1997. But health benefits of organic food are very limited, a new study finds.

By Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer / September 4, 2012

Local, organic strawberries are for sale at the Atlas Farm stand at the Copley Farmer's Market in Boston in this 2011 file photo. A new study finds that while costlier, organic food is not more nutritious.

Joanne Ciccarello/Staff/File


Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me?

Unsure, Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out — and concluded there's little evidence that going organic is much healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics.

Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides, including for children — but the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was within safety limits, the researchers reported Monday.

RELATED: Six ways food safety law makes …

CSAV reduce pérdidas operacionales el segundo trimestre ...

4 de Septiembre de 2012

Pérdidas en actividades operacionales de la naviera cayeron en un 83,8% en el período.

Una reducción de 83,8% en las pérdidas en sus actividades operacionales durante el segundo trimestre de 2012 respecto de igual periodo del año anterior anunció la Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV), la cual dio a conocer sus estados financieros del periodo.

La empresa informó que las pérdidas por este concepto fueron de US$ 61,7 millones versus los US$ 381,4 millones registrados en el mismo periodo del año anterior. La reducción también es significativa si se compara con el primer trimestre de 2012, cuando la Compañía perdió US$ 175 millones, es decir, 64,8% menos.

Por otro lado, las pérdidas en sus operaciones descontinuadas fueron de US$ 75 millones adicionales, gasto correspondiente a la profunda reestructuración operacional, financiera y corporativa implementada por CSAV. De ellos, US$ 57 millones corresponden a provisiones para el segundo semestre.

Sumado lo anterior, m…

LONELY AT THE TOP (& STRESSFUL TOO): Charlie Trotter's pressure cooker ...

As the restaurant prepares to close after 25 years as a Chicago fine-dining institution, chefs who worked there recall a high-stakes push to create flawless dishes that exceeded all expectations

August 29, 2012|Mark Caro

Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter's. It's his name, his restaurant, and he's the boss. But that title “chef” has many meanings, and Trotter has embodied just about all of them during his 25 years at Charlie Trotter's.

For instance, there are cooks who have worked there during the past 15 years who make this statement: “I never saw him cook.” 

By then his notion of “chef” had changed, and he was doing his creative culinary work “100 percent upstairs,” he says, pointing to his noggin. But soon after the restaurant opened in August 1987 and he was a gangly ex-gymnast on the cusp of turning 28 — and before the restaurant's staffing caught up with its volume of diners — Trotter did pretty much everything there was to do in the ki…

How the Super rich Brag: My Island is bigger than yours ....

In the game of bragging rights, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison now has one over his fellow billionaire Richard Branson: his private island is bigger.

Ellison has bought about 98 percent of Lana'I, the sixth-largest island in Hawaii -- and one that's more than 1,000 times larger than the private island that Branson owns in the British Virgin Islands.

The governor of Hawaii confirmed the sale of the 140-square mile island for 683 million dollars.

"It is my understanding that Mr. Ellison has had a long-standing interest in Lana'i. His passion for nature, particularly the ocean, is well-known specifically in the realm of America's Cup sailing," Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie said.

The island includes two luxury resorts, two golf courses, two club houses and 88,000 acres of land.

But Ellison may not have bought it solely for pleasure's sake. The acquisition, which also includes various commercial and residential properties and utilities, may have made him Lana'i…

SPAIN: Frunet start harvesting organic mangoes in Malaga this week ...

Richard Soepenberg: "Spanish mango production a lot bigger this year"

After a year in which Frunet obtained a position as a year round supplier of organic mangoes from various countries of origin, this week is again the time of the annual own harvest of organic mangoes from Spain. 

Frunet have an own cultivation area from family holdings in the Malaga region, where more than 12 HA of organic mangoes are being cultivated this year. 

Harvesting takes place once a year from September to the middle of November. In Andalusia, southern Spain in the mangoes are being ripened.

According to Richard Soepenberg it is striking that the yield this year is exceptionally large. 

"It takes a few years before mangoes really reach full ripeness and there are lots of new trees this year.  Two years ago we harvested 140,000 kg, last year 200,000 and it is expected that we will harvest 400,000 kg this season," the trader explains.

 "Last year the mangoes were very coarse, but this year …


IMO Strongly believes that the Salmonella Braenderup scare is a food safety / supply chain TRACEABILITY issue:


This issue is much broader than just the irradiation aspect.

The food supply chain must be clean at each link not just the packing shed.

When this current crisis blows over, you will see that the mangoes were more than likely cross-contaminated at a point in the USA (Warehouse, food processor, etc.)

If Mexican authorities are to be believed; A sweep of the Mexican packing shed has not turned up anything so far. (Still waiting for results to come in.)

The first point of entry in USA  (Nogales, Arizona) has also been able to prove that they are Salmonella free.

So far not one single mango has been produced with Salmonella. At this juncture, all we have is word of mouth that some of the 105 sickened so far actually ate a mango prior to getting sick!

Once the various government officials conduct their investigations we may or may not get a definitive answer.

In the meanti…