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By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)

Thursday , September 20, 2012

A story that broke on Friday, August 24th 2012 is now into it's first month.

What started as an isolated case in western Canada, has spread like wildfire into a North American full blown recall.

So far nearly 150 people have reported being sickened with Salmonella Braenderup in North America. Not all reported eating mangoes.

The story has been front and center on the Center for Disease Control website:

The first illnesses were reported in early July 2012:

Unfortunately, for every reported case, over 30 go unreported. This means that thousands were actually sickened.

While the National Mango Board hoped that the story would go away, Splendid Products owner Larry Nienkirk was forced to hire a High Powered Washington D.C., Crisis Management te…


Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc, Recalls Limited Quantity of Fresh-Cut Mango Products Due to Possible Health Risk – This Recall is Associated with FoodSource's recall of Mangoes Sourced from Agricola Daniella In Mexico


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 20, 2012 - In cooperation with the FDA's warning to not consume mangoes from Agricola Daniella in Mexico, Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc, is initiating a voluntary recall of 1,600 bowls of fresh-cut mangoes distributed to retail outlets due to the potential risk that the mangoes may contain Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infect…


Dockworkers extend contract talks, averting strike

Lynn AdlerReuters

1:47 p.m. CDT, September 20, 2012

(Reuters) - Negotiations between the dockworkers union and the organization for shipping companies and ports have been extended for 90 days, through December 29, averting a potential strike that would stop deliveries to ports along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

The collective bargaining agreement between the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) was set to expire on September 30.

"In taking this significant step, the parties emphasized that they are doing so 'for the good of the country' to avoid any interruption in interstate commerce," George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, said in a statement.

The FMCS is an independent U.S. agency, based in Washington. The negotiations will continue under the auspices of the FMCS.

Some shippers have accelerated freight deliveries to avoid the pos…


Mango board to increase promotions, research

09/20/2012 3:31:06 PM
Andy Nelson

Thanks to an assessment increase, the National Mango Board is set to expand its promotional campaigns and research programs in the fourth quarter.

The assessment increase, from .5 cents to .75 cents per pound of whole fresh mangoes sold in the U.S., went into effect Sept. 1. 

At its board meeting Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C., members agreed to increase funding for consumer, retail and foodservice promotions and nutrition, health and food safety research, according to a news release from the Orlando, Fla.-based board.

One promotion will focus on holiday entertaining. Media contacts will receive a kit with fresh mangoes and new flavor pairings featuring holiday spices from around the world. The spice pairings are meant to inspire new recipe ideas for holiday entertaining.

The holiday theme also will be incorporated into an expanded Facebook initiative, which will include advertising, giveaways, mango trivia quest…



James Bond trades in a Martini for a Heineken ...

RECALL 2.0: Winn-Dixie expands recall for fruit products ...

Tampa Bay Business Journal by Michael Clinton, 
Jacksonville Business Journal

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 2:52pm EDT - Last Modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 3:08pm EDT


The expanded recall spans from Aug. 30 to Sept. 18, and in all stores in Louisiana and Mississippi and several Florida counties.

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. has expanded the voluntary recall of select cut fruit that contains mango that may contain salmonella.

The Jacksonville Business Journal first reported the recall in early September, which called for a voluntary recall Daniella Brand Mangoes distributed by Splendid Products from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.

The expanded recall spans from Aug. 30 to Sept. 18, and in all stores in Louisiana and Mississippi and several Florida counties.

Winn-Dixie is a subsidiary of Jacksonville-based Bi-Lo Holding, which operates 687 grocery stores throughout the Southeast under the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie banners. The grocery store chain has 14 stores in metro Orlando.

The Jacksonvil…

Tunnel Vision: Subterranean Park to Stay Sunny with Fiber-Optic Skylights [Slide Show] ...

The proposed "Lowline" in New York City would transform an abandoned belowground trolley depot into a recreational public space complete with lush flora

By Larry Greenemeier

LOWLINE EXHIBIT: The "Imagining the Lowline" exhibit on New York City's Lower East Side presents a modified version of the proposed underground park September 15-27.Image: Courtesy of Scientific American/Larry Greenemeier

View images of the Lowline exhibit and proposed park

More than a decade ago a group of New York City residents launched an ambitious experiment to build a park atop an expanse of abandoned elevated freight train tracks. 

Today the High Line, which opened in 2009, provides locals, commuters and tourists with more than a kilometer of green space several meters above the urban bustle below.

 Emboldened by the project's success, a team of designers and engineers has proposed the polar opposite idea: transform a deserted underground trolley depot into a haven for leisurely recrea…

ILA-USMX: U.S. East Coast port strike negotiation deadline extended ...

September 20th, 2012

The potential for port strikes on the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts has been averted for at least three months after the dockworkers’ union and the country’s maritime authority were able to reach a breakthrough in negotiations.

The International Longshoreman’s Union (ILA) was threatening strikes if their demands with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) were not met by Sep. 30, but both parties agreed today to extend the collective bargaining agreement expiration date to Dec. 29.

In a USMX release, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) director George Cohen described the negotiation session as “productive” with progress made on several important subjects.

“In taking this significant step, the parties emphasized that they are doing so “for the good of the country” to avoid any interruption in interstate commerce,” he said.

“This extension will provide the parties an opportunity to focus on the outstanding core issues in a deliberate manner apart from the p…

Se mantienen negociaciones para evitar huelga en puertos de la Costa Este de EE.UU ...

20 de Septiembre de 2012

Partes involucradas lograron extender la fecha límite por tres meses más

La unión de estibadores y la autoridad marítima de EE.UU lograran un avance en las negociaciones para prevenir una potencial huelga que amenazaba con afectar los puertos de la Costa Este y del Golfo de EE.UU.                                                                 

La International Longshoreman´s Union (ILA por si sigla en inglés) amenazaba con una huelga si no se cumplían sus demandas con la United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) para el 30 de septiembre, pero ambas partes acordaron hoy ampliar la fecha de vencimiento del acuerdo de negociación colectiva para el 29 de diciembre.

Por medio de un comunicado el director del Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) George H. Cohen describió la sesión de negociación como “productiva”, con avances en varios temas importantes.

“Al tomar este paso significativo, las partes enfatizaron que lo están haciendo por ‘el bien del país’ par…

An understanding of terminology is critically lacking at National Mango Board (NMB) ...


Perhaps the biggest problem with NMB leadership is that they can't tell the difference between "Proactive" and "Reactive" decision making....

pro·ac·tive or pro-ac·tive(pr-ktv)adj. Acting in advance to deal with an expected difficulty; anticipatory: proactive steps to prevent terrorism. pro·action n. pro·active·ly adv. pro·active·nessproac·tivi·ty n.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

adj1. tending to initiate change rather than reacting to events
2. (Psychology) Psychol of or denoting a mental process that affects a subsequent process [from pro-2 + (re)active] Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

Please find attached the crisis overview the NMB staff presented to the board on September 11, during the board m…