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What is the current Status of FSMA ???

~ From the FDA website:

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

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And yet when you google the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) you get an article like this.....

Food Safety Modernization Act Still Awaiting Obama's Approval

Posted: 07/17/2012 11:00 am Updated: 07/17/2012 1:01 pm

By Lily Kuo

July 17 (Reuters) - Families, public health advocates and consumer groups called on the White House on Tuesday to implement delayed provisions in a food safety law they say would help prevent some of the nearly 3,000 deaths caused by food-borne illnesses each year.

Families of victims who have died from food-borne illnesses and consumer and health organizations wrote a…

SIX MONTHS AGO: Mexico to Support Food Safety Act ...

Written by Editor on April 6, 2012

The impact of the forthcoming Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will extend beyond U.S. produce companies.

Octavio Carranza, Mexico’s Director General of food safety, aquaculture and fisheries has said Mexico’s food safety program will recognize FSMA once it is in place. 

He went on to say that Mexico will be compatible with FSMA and other international standards. 

His comments were reported by  .

Mr. Carranza spoke March 22 at the America Trades Produce conference. The conference was hosted by the Fresh Produce Association the Texas Produce Association.

SOUR NOTE: Mexican mango deal ends, investigation continues ....

09/07/2012 9:50:22 AM

Tom Karst

As the Mexican mango season ends, the investigation of a salmonella outbreak linked to Daniella-brand mangoes appears to be far from finished, with hard evidence of the pathogen on Mexican Daniella mangoes elusive.

The Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local officials were still investigating the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup as of Sept. 6.

One FDA official, speaking anonymously, said the traceback investigation was still continuing but FDA officials had not yet sent a team to Mexico.

FDA spokesman Sebastian Cianci said officials in California, Canada and at the FDA continue to work to identify other brands and sources of mangoes that may be associated with the illnesses in the U.S.

“Daniella-brand mangoes are a product of Mexico, and therefore FDA is working with the Mexican officials to determine what may have occurred there or elsewhere in the distribution chain that could have contributed…


COLOMBIA:::Was FARC Leader's 'Execution' Part of an Internal Purge? ...

Thursday, 06 September 2012 12:31

Written by Geoffrey Ramsey

FARC leader Noe Suarez Rojas, alias “Grannobles”

The reported execution of a top member of Colombia's FARC guerrillas could be a sign that the country's largest rebel army underwent an internal purge before it began preliminary talks with the government with an aim to begin peace negotiations.

On September 3, Colombian think tank Corporacion Nuevo Arco Iris reported that a high-ranking leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had been stripped of his command and executed in January, just a month before rebels began to explore the possibility of peace talks with the government. Negotiations are slated to begin in October.

According to Nuevo Arco Iris, Noe Suarez Rojas, alias “Grannobles,” led a decadent lifestyle. Although he was the head of three FARC fronts based in the northern province of Arauca, his lack of discipline and misuse of funds cast doubt on his leadership skills. Grannobles reportedly us…

Israel: The search for new mango varieties ...

The Shoham Organisation was set up in 1984 and specialises in the cultivation and post harvest handling of mango and pomegranate. Their produce is sold both domestically and in the international marketplace.

Each year the organisation ships around 6,000 tonnes of mango to European markets. This year looks set to be a satisfactory year, but could higher figures than this be achievable? 

CEO and Marketing Manager, Guy Shoham, has been explaining that current market trends are forcing Israeli mango producers to switch to newer varieties. 

The varieties most often grown in the country currently, Kent and Keitt, are well known for their excellent quality, sweetness and flavour, but this is not always enough to impress the modern consumer. 

Because, while they taste good, the consumer often buys with their eyes and what they want to see, when it comes to mangoes, is plenty of blush. 

Guy says, "In Israel we are switching varieties more and more. Shelly and Kasturi are being planted more oft…

Canada: Broadview Produce paying close attention to mango safety ...

Broadview Produce Company say that food safety is a top priority for them. 

Caillan Dietrich, Vice President of the company, says, "We work continuously each year investing precious time and capital to ensure that the highest care is maintained in the procurement, transportation and proper distribution of our products to ensure traceability if ever a needed for a recall. Broadview Produce has been working with several food safety consultants not only here in Canada but at products origin to ensure adherence to the policies in our program."

(GFTC) Guelph Food Safety Technology Center has granted Broadview Produce Company Inc. Gold Standard the highest level for (GDCP) Good Distribution Center Practices. 

Caillan says the company are extremely proud to receive Gold Standard level.

"It makes it well worth the time and efforts applied from all departments in our team. Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) have all been implemente…

DANIELLA RECALL: Salmonella scare takes its toll on unassociated mango varieties ...

September 7th, 2012

Many retailers have made knee-jerk reactions to a salmonella scare in North America with a push away from all Mexican mangoes, despite authorities linking the problem to just one specific variety from northern Sinaloa. 

The U.S. National Mango Board (NMB) is urging retailers to contact suppliers to check whether their varieties are affected by the situation, raising awareness of the exact PLU codes of the mangoes concerned. 

At we speak with a Canadian distributor that has been severely impacted despite stocking a completely different variety, while a California-based company that voluntarily recalled its mangoes issues a cautionary note that these types of incidents will probably become more common industrywide from now on. 

Toronto-based Broadview Produce Company has lost “thousands of dollars” from the health scare and it sells a completely different variety, Keitt, from a different part of Mexico to those identified with salmonella poisonin…


US: Mango PLU Codes and voluntary recalls

Following the voluntary recall of certain varieties of mangos, the National Mango Board (NMB) is supporting the industry-wide response to ensure the safety and quality of fresh mangos. 

NMB’s work includes working directly with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), members of the NMB and others to provide necessary information to help determine the scope and source of illness that have led to the voluntary recalls. 

As part of the FDA’s investigation, the agency has provided updates on its website regarding mango and mango-containing products that have been voluntarily recalled by suppliers and retailers. 

In particular, FDA has highlighted that the voluntary recall includes mangos sold between July 12 and Aug. 29, 2012, with PLU codes 4051, 4959, 4311 4584 and 3114.*

“First and foremost, NMB’s priority is to help protect the health and safety of consumers in partnership with its member companies in the mango industry,” said NMB Executive …

AUSTRALIA: Territory mangoes hit southern markets ...

By Carmen Brown

Friday, 7 September 2012

Nonnamah mango grower Greg Meyer (Carmen Brown)

The mango season has kicked off in the Top End this week ahead of a predicted bumper season.

Greg Myer from Noonamah has 900 mango trees and is one of the first producers to start picking in the Darwin region.

But he is tight-lipped on the key to an early harvest.

"Everyone has their own little secret, but if we all knew we would be millionaires."

However, he does admit a solid watering program is critical.

"We water fairly heavily here, I'm just a great believer in once they do flower and set fruit that you pump the water into them."

Greg says the southern markets are paying a premium for the first shipments of fruit.

"The mangos we picked on the weekend hit the market this morning and I think top was $75 per tray, which you know, if you get that across the season then you would be laughing."