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Below is an email from Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, industry trade attorneys. As everyone involved in produce is aware, FDA has been mandated to regulate and enforce the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

 All food facilities (which includes your foreign suppliers) will be required to re-register between the months of October and December every other year during even numbered years beginning this year, 2012. 

 Failing to do so could delay the clearance of imported shipments.

Failure to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) new RE-REGISTRATION and Registered Agent designation requirements could result in detention or denied entry for food imports.

Please join us on Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT for a FREE 30-minute Webinar on the steps you need to take to comply with FSMA’s new requirements, followed by a 30-minute LIVE Question and Answer period for all participants.

This FREE Webinar will cover:  

How to meet the new FSMA § 102 requ…

PTI Implementation Checklist for Growers/Packers/Shippers ...

This checklist is designed for growers, packers and shippers of product in the produce supply chain to help facilitate the implementation of traceability guidelines and best practices established by the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI).

PTI has established the following 7 Milestones toward case-level traceability:

M1 Obtain Company Prefix

M2 Assign GTIN Numbers - Brand owners will assign a 14-digit Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) to every case configuration.

M3 Provide GTIN Information to Buyers - Brand owners will provide their GTINs (and corresponding data) to their buyers.

M4 Show Human-Readable Information on Cases - Packers are responsible for providing human-readable information on each case.

M5 Encode Information on a Barcode - Packers are responsible for encoding the GTIN and batch/lot number in a GS1-128 barcode.

M6 Read and Store Information on Inbound Cases - Each subsequent handler of the case will have the systems and capability to read and store the GTIN and lot n…

INDIA: Cutting of infertile mango trees allowed ...

TNN | Sep 7, 2012, 04.44AM IST

LUCKNOW: The mango growers will now not have to bear further losses due to trees, which are no longer fruit-bearing. Instead, they can seek permission from the forest officers to cut the unproductive trees, mostly for grafting and for other techniques which can rejuvenate the old and non fruit-bearing trees. The forest department has relaxed the tree cutting norms for mango, which is a protected variety in the state.

There are seven tree varieties, which are protected under UP Tree Protection Act, 1976. Even the forest department cannot give permission for cutting the protected varieties of trees, unless under extreme conditions, where the dead or decaying tree has becomes a threat to life and property, or where its cutting is necessary for executing a development work approved by the government.

But, now the department has relaxed the norms and allowed mango growers to cut such trees, which have seen a massive decline in their fruit-bearing capacity. Howev…

SPIN DOCTOR: Mango shipper relays lessons learned in recall ...

by Tim Linden | September 06, 2012

It was a very difficult experience and certainly one that Larry Nienkerk of Splendid Products Inc. in Burlingame, CA, wouldn’t wish on his worst enemy.

Yet the recall of mangos in late August was also enlightening and added to the respect that he has for everyone involved in the process, including his many customers.

Unlike the reaction of some when faced with a potential recall, Mr. Nienkerk did not flinch when he first became aware that mangos from a packinghouse that he represents in northern Sinaloa in Mexico were suspected in a Salmonella illness outbreak, first in Canada and then in the United States.

“When the inquiries started coming in and there appeared to be a link, it really shook us up,” he admitted. “I’ve never been involved in a recall before. But our first concern — and the first concern you have to have in this kind of situation — was for public safety. That was our top priority.”

He said that shipments were immediately suspended and “we …

INDIA: Anna Hazare announces new action plan; not to form party ....

Published: Thursday, Sep 6, 2012, 18:51 IST
Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

Following Team Anna's dissolution, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare today announced a new action plan, which includes appealing people to vote for the "right" candidates, instead of forming a political party.

In a statement issued today, Hazare also appealed the youth to ensure a 90-plus per cent voting in the elections.

In the appeal, aimed mainly at anti-corruption activists in Maharashtra, Hazare said, "There is no need to form any party or to contest elections, but to provide an alternative to the people.

"Only the people have the power to transform and we have to undertake the work of awakening them," Hazare said, adding that voters should elect right candidates in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

Around 4,000 activists from all over the country have come forward for this task, and from Maharashtra, activists with "national and social perspective" are needed, he said.


STRATFOR: (EXIT STRATEGIES) Evacuations and Contingency Planning ...

September 6, 2012 | 0900 GMT


By Scott Stewart When the London 2012 Paralympic Games conclude the week of Sept. 9, the British navy reportedly will send a task force to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, where it will participate in amphibious exercises off the coasts of Albania, Sardinia and Turkey before lingering off the coast of Cyprus. Ostensibly, the upcoming exercises are meant to prepare the navy for evacuating Syria of British citizens. Indeed, the ongoing civil war in Syria has prompted several Western countries to consider evacuation plans for their citizens who remain in the war-torn country. Some countries already have issued travel warnings against Syria, while others have advised their citizens to vacate the country. The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Germany have closed their embassies in Syria and are less able to assist their citizens there. Foreign nationals should take full advantage of their governments' evacuation assistance regardle…


Runrunes El Universal 06.09.20126Sep 2012 ALTO

DISFRAZ DE OVEJITA:Ayer el candidato a la reelección nos dijo en rueda de prensa, donde también cantó como en sus dos últimas entrevistas radiales pues así le aconsejaron sus asesores: “a mí me encanta la paz” y “tengo 14 años construyendo la paz pública”. Igualmente confesó que cuando reaccionó contra la colega de Colombia por haberle preguntado sobre saqueos en Amuay “yo aún no sabía todavía que eso había sucedido”. Sin embargo, enfatizó algunas amenazas veladas a los demócratas que compiten por regresar el Estado de Derecho a Venezuela por la vía del voto: “Es absolutamente imposible que la derecha gane en Venezuela”; “es imposible que no ganemos nosotros el 7/O”; “los perdedores deben reconocer su derrota y los triunfadores deben saber ganar”; “yo respeto la voluntad del pueblo”; “después de la elección debe seguir la función”; “la derecha sigue haciendo fraude a diario en su campaña”; “dicen que no creen en lo que ofrecen y por eso tod…


First Salmonella Braenderup Mango Lawsuit Filed


We filed a Salmonella lawsuit (2:12-cv-01508) today against Splendid Products of Burlingame, California, the distributor of Daniella mangoes that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Center for Disease Control and Prevention have identified as the source of a nationwide Salmonella Braenderup outbreak in August 2012. 

To date the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak has sickened 204 in California (80), Delaware (1), Hawaii (3), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Washington (6), and Wisconsin (1). Canada has reported 21 ill thus far – British Columbia (16) and Alberta (5). The lawsuit was filed in the Western District Court of Washington at Seattle on behalf of 92- year-old Dorothy Pearce of Stanwood, Washington.

According to the complaint, in late August 2012 Ms. Pearce consumed a Salmonella-c…

DANIELLA MANGO RECALL: Larry Nienkirk finally "Hoisted by his own Petard" ...

As attorneys delve as they so aptly do, and the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak is investigated, hopefully the truth will come out about Larry Nienkirk.

To paint Larry Nienkirk as an innocent in this, is to widely miss the mark.

Hopefully, the entire mango industry can learn a very important lesson and the PTI (Produce Traceability Initiative) will become a standard.

Food Safety is an Obligation not a slogan.

To fully understand Larry Nienkirk one must read Machiavelli as well as Shaekepeare.

Nienkirk's  clean sweep of the DIAZTECA sales staff in  2004, would have made the author of  "The Prince" proud.

William Shakespeare said it best:

There's letters seal'd, and my two schoolfellows,
Whom I will trust as I will adders fang'd—
They bear the mandate, they must sweep my way
And marshal me to knavery. Let it work;
For 'tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard, an't shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the…


Without Clear Proof, Industry Suffers From Mango Recall And Is Left To Defend Itself

We’ve heard from Dave Westendorf before:

Pundit’s Mailbag — Produce Pricing Strategies… Does Stater Bros. Do It Better Than Safeway?

Now he weighs on a subject he is, unfortunately, very close to:

Some Thoughts on the Daniella Mango Recall

I'm very close to Daniella mango recall situation as I sold the mangos to North American Produce of Vancouver, BC, that are the subject of the Canadian recall. I think most people will find it interesting that at this time, not one single mango has been detected with any salmonella contamination.

The Canadian Food Inspection Service (CFIA) determined that a common factor linking the salmonella-infected people was that they had consumed mangos. When that was decided, CFIA traced the source(s) to the retail level and determined that Daniella label was the most common brand of mangos in those stores. It was traced to North American Produce, which was the only company tha…