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Mexico arrests 'Gulf drug cartel leader' ....


Man said to be Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords, arrested and presented to public.

Last Modified: 14 Sep 2012 01:16

Guns seized from head of the Gulf Cartel, Jorge "El Coss" Eduardo, appeared gilded and studded with jewels [Reuters]

A man believed to be the leader of the Gulf drug cartel, which controls some of the most valuable and violently contested smuggling routes along the US border, has been arrested by Mexican marines and presented to the public.

The capture of Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez is a major victory in the military battle against drug trafficking, but it could open a power vacuum and intensify a struggle south of the Texas border in northeast Mexico.

The region has seen some of the most horrific violence in the country's six-year war among law-enforcement and rival gangs.

Admiral Jose Luis Vergara, a navy spokesman, said the burly, mustachioed man detained on Wednesday evening in the Gulf port of Tampico was …

Off-Script Scramble for Power in a Chinese Leader’s Absence ...


Published: September 13, 2012

BEIJING — With still no sign of China’s designated new leader, Xi Jinping, who has not been seen in public since Sept. 1, many insiders and well-connected analysts say the Chinese political ship is adrift, with factions jockeying to shape an impending Communist Party conclave.

Pool photo by How Hwee Young

Xi Jinping on Aug. 29. Some analysts believe he has had a heart attack or stroke.

The government has maintained its official silence about Mr. Xi’s absence. After an initial burst of chatter, blog posts alluding to Mr. Xi have been effectively smothered on China’s social media platforms, and China’s beleaguered Foreign Ministry spokesman says on a daily basis that he has no information, despite a barrage of questions from the foreign news media.

By Thursday, a number of ranking party members with years of experience following Chinese politics were generally in agreement that Mr. Xi, 59, had suffered either a mild heart atta…


FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Infections Associated with Mangoes

Posted September 4, 2012 

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UPDATES What is the Problem? What Should Consumers Do? What are the Symptoms of Salmonellosis?Who is at Risk? What is being done about the problem? Who Should be Contacted?Investigation Progression 

UPDATES August 30, 2012 – FDA is advising consumers not to eat Daniella mangoes distributed by Splendid Products of Burlingame, California because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.  This advice comes after Splendid Products announced a recall of this type of mango on August 29, 2012. These mangoes were packed in Mexico, distributed by Splendid Products and sold between July 12, 2012 and August 29, 2012 at various stores throughout the United States. The mangoes were sold as individual fruit with the sticker brand “Daniella.” Each fruit was also marked with a small sticker with one of the following codes: 4051, 4959, 4311, 4584 or 3114.  Consumers who ha…

Agricola Daniella mangoes added to FDA import alert list ...

09/13/2012 2:47:03 PM

Tom Karst

Sinaloa, Mexico-based Agricola Daniella has been formally added to the Food and Drug Administration’s import alert list as of Sept. 12, 2012.

Daniella brand mangoes from Mexico have been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infections in 105 people in 16 states since July 1, with 25 hospitalizations among those who were sickened.

In total, Splendid Products, Burlingame, Calif., and various U.S. retailers and produce marketers issued more than a dozen recalls through Sept. 13 on mangoes sold from July 12 to Aug. 29.

The Food and Drug Administration’s import alert listing states FDA officials may detain, without physical examination, fresh produce from grower-shippers identified due to the suspected presence of pathogenic contamination. 

The import alert indicates the agency has enough evidence or other information to refuse admission of future shipments of an imported product. 

Items subject to an import alert may either be permitted or refu…

Eruption at Guatemala Volcano Forces Evacuations ....

Updated: Sep 13, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

 Associated Press

GUATEMALA CITY -- A long-simmering volcano outside one of the Guatemala's most famous tourist attractions exploded into a series of powerful eruptions Thursday, hurling thick clouds of ash nearly two miles (three kilometers) high, spewing rivers of lava down its flanks and forcing the evacuation of more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities.

Guatemala's head of emergency evacuations, Sergio Cabanas, said the evacuees were leaving some 17 villages around the Volcan del Fuego, which sits about six miles southwest (16 kilometers) from the colonial city of Antigua. The ash was blowing south and authorities said Antigua was not currently in danger, although they expected the eruption to last for at least 12 more hours.

The agency said the volcano spewed lava nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) down slopes billowing with ash around Acatenango, a 12,346-foot-high (3,763-meter-high) volcano whose name translates as "Volcano of…


By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)

September 13, 2012

Shipments of mangoes from Brazil to the European market totaled 1,273 (40 foot)  containers for the first half of 2012.

The heaviest weeks were 12 & 13 with 79 containers during each week.

Weeks 2 through 8 saw weekly volume drop below 40 containers per week.

The rest of the year has been in the 50 to 70 container per week range.

Out of an abundance of caution after the Mexican Mango scare, Brazilean shippers have shied away from the USA market. Weekly shipments to the USA market have yet to crack the 100 container mark since week 30 of this year.

In the meantime, Brazil has shipped the following volume to Europe since week 27:

WEEK 27: ...................................54

 WEEK 28: ...................................73 

WEEK 29: .....................................74 

WEEK 30: .....................................67 

WEEK 31: ......................................41 



By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)

September 13, 2012

Winter Park, Florida -

Retailers turning away from Mexican mangoes after the Daniella mango recall debacle and "an abundance of caution" on the part of Brazilian shippers, has created a situation where there are no mangoes to be had at any price.

Importers are frustrated as promotions and volume commitments cannot be met. Thus causing buyers to turn away from mangoes until supply stabilizes with Ecuadorian production that is scheduled to begin shipping in week 39 of 2012.

With a strong local currency and mango market, Brazilian shippers have very little motivation to ramp up volume in an uncertain North American mango  market.

To compound matters, a looming strike at East Coast and Gulf of Mexico USA Ports scheduled to go into effect October 01, 2012 may put the final nail into this late season tragic mango program. This event, would impact both USA & Can…

Public Relations effort to put National Mango Board (NMB) in a good light ...


Circle the wagons, avoid the core issue and pat yourself on the back...Attorney's aren't buying into National Mango Board Public Relations dance ...All talk and no tangible effort to restore confidence to the Food Supply Chain and address the Lack of Traceability issue by mango shippers and blatant disregard for Third Party audit certifications ... in particular by a NMB Board member company ...Time to take these issues seriously and not just pay "Lip service" to the food safety issue ...

Mango recall moves industry into action minimizing issue

by Tim Linden | September 13, 2012

The discovery of a foodborne illness issue potentially related to a Mexican mango brand in the United States and Canada in late August resulted in quick action by the importer as well as the National Mango Board, which many are crediting with minimizing the effect of the issue and allowing the industry to move forward without devastating results.

In the past, some produce recalls have re…