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The IMO is saddened to report that Former Commanding General of the Peruvian Air Force German Vucetich Zevallos has died after a long bout with Lung cancer in Lima Peru.

General Vucetich was well known in the mango community for his partnership in L.G. AgroIndustrias, the first USDA APHIS Hot Water Facility in Piura, Peru.

Mr. Vucetich passed away in the early morning of Wednesday October 10, 2012.

The General was buried at the Air Force Academy in Lima, Peru.

He is survived by his Wife, Two sons and a daughter and several Grand Children.

Alan Vucetich is the Managing partner of PQF which ships to FRESKA PRODUCE from Peru.

German Vucetich Zevallos was both a partner and friend of IMO Executive Director Will Cavan.

The IMO sends our Heartfelt condolences to the entire Vucetich Family.


By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Mango World Magazine (MWM) (IMO BLOG)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Three USDA/APHIS Packing sheds have shut down and the export season to the North American market is all but over from Brazil.

Projections for weeks 42 through 44 cal for 52, 41 and 28 containers to ship respectively.

Here is a breakdown by Port of Entry for Brazil shipments to North America:

Totals       ►786685115767%       ►10%87%1%0%2%100%Ports        ►Newark PhilaMia/PefChsHouTotalTotals       ►786685115767


The first container of mangoes was shipped on the 27th of September from Ecuador.

Volume so far this season is running 44% behind last season with on 14 containers shipped to date versus 25 for this same time last season.

57% of Ecuador's volume has been shipped into the West Coast USA versus 43% for the East Coast.

Average sale price across the board for the whole season in USA has been between 7.50 a…

Mango Crop Report from the National Mango Board ....


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Mango Market News

Mango volume shipped last week was approximately 658,598 boxes representing 13% less than the previous week. 

Brazil Brazil shipped approximately 587,664 boxes last week representing 21% less than the previous week. Tommy Atkins weekly average price per box at the Philadelphia entry port on week ending 10/06/2012 increased by 3%.  Projections for the next two weeks are 487,872 and 277,200 boxes respectively. 

Ecuador Ecuador shipped approximately 70,934 boxes last week representing 572% more than the previous week. Projections for the next two weeks are 240,000 and 420,000 boxes respectively. 

OCEAN CARGO : New box terminals for Israel ...

Published: 11 October 2012

The Israel Ports Company (IPC), on behalf of the Israeli Ministry of Transport, National Infrastructure and Road Safety, has announced the first stage of an international tender for construction services for new container terminals in Haifa and Ashdod.

Civil/marine contractors with the required experience and expertise are being invited to pre-qualify to participate in the competitive bidding process, which will take place in the second stage. The scope of work includes breakwater and quay construction, dredging services and terminal reclamation.

Single entities or joint ventures can apply for pre-qualification under the tender terms. The deadline for applications is January 28, 2013.

The IPC expects to complete the design of the new container terminals at HaMifratz Port (Haifa) and HaDarom Port (Ashdod) this year and is concurrently progressing with the permitting process.

The Government has delegated the decision on the timing of the terminal developments…


The Country Hour goes mango mad
By Matt Brann
Friday, 12 October 2012

There were plenty of people going mango mad in Darwin today for the Country Hour. (Matt Brann)

The Northern Territory Country Hour surrounded itself in mangoes today to help launch the NT mango season.

The Territory has taken over Queensland as the biggest producer of mangoes in Australia and is on track to produce 60 million mangoes this year.

"That's three Northern Territory mangoes for every man, woman and child in Australia" says Grant Fenton from the NT Farmers Association.

Mr Fenton was one of our guests on the show today and was joined by Ian Baker who was willing to answer "mango-mad" questions from the audience.

Darwin chef, Dave Griffon, popped by to share some recipes and talk about the many wonderful ways to use mangoes in your cooking.

His recipe for mango salsa is below:


2 mango cheeks (from the Northern Territory)
1 Spanish onion diced
1 small bunch of coriander
Zest and juice of 1 lim…

Carrefour sales buoyed by Latin America ...

By MarketWatch

PARIS--French retailer Carrefour SA on Thursday showed signs of stemming a recent decline in sales in its highly competitive domestic market, posting a small rise in third-quarter revenue.

The world's No. 2 retailer by sales after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) said the third quarter showed an improvement in France while solid sales in Latin America offset persistent difficulties in Southern Europe.

Sales rose 2.1% from a year earlier to EUR22.63 billion ($29.14 billion), excluding the company's sold-off Greek and Singapore operations. In France--which represents around 40% of Carrefour's business--sales rose 1.2%, while like-for-like revenue--excluding gas-pump sales--fell less sharply than in the previous quarter, boosting hopes that the company is beginning to stand its ground in the face of fierce competition on its home market.

Analysts have questioned the viability …

FOODNEWS Commentary for Friday October 12, 2012 ...

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The only way is up (or is it?)

Friday October 12 2012

‘THERE is no escaping from it: we are growing. No, I don’t mean our waistlines, although that is undoubtedly the case for some, but population growth.

Only last week, we were told that at today’s rate, the global population will skyrocket to 27 billion by 2100, compared with our current figure of 7 billion. Of course, there is some debate as to the rate of this growth; it may well slow before we reach that point, but there is certainly the potential to hit 10 billion.

Either way, the big question remains: how on earth are we going to feed all these extra people? The future is suddenly looking not so rosy. Despite the fact that many of us currently eat (and waste) far more than we should, there will come a point when demand exceeds supply.

Take fish stocks, for example. Scientists from the University of British Colombia predict that fish stocks will dwindle in the coming…

CDC: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Infections Associated with Mangoes (Final Update) ...

Epi Curve

This outbreak can be visually described with a chart showing the number of persons who became ill each day. This chart is called an epi curve.

 Please see the Timeline for Reporting of Salmonella Cases for more details on the reporting process.

Current Epi Curve Persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup andSalmonella Worthington, by date of illness onset*


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A total of 127 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup were reported from 15 states.

33 ill persons were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicated that mangoes were the source of this outbreak.

On September 13, FDA placed Agricola Daniella of Sinaloa, Mexico on Import Alert. This means that Agricola Daniella mangoes will be denied admission into the United States unless the importer shows they are not contaminated with Salmonell…

Final Update on Daniella Mango Salmonella Braenderup Outbreak ....

October 11, 2012 

By Linda Larsen

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued their final update on the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak associated with mangoes imported from Mexico.

 The outbreak appears to be over. 

A total of 127 people in 15 states were sickened with the outbreak strain of the bacteria. Thirty-three people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

Attorney Fred Pritzker, who has filed lawsuits for many Salmonella victims, said “the companies responsible for this outbreak need to be held accountable for the suffering of these patients.” 

The mangoes were recalled in August and September of this year.

FDA investigators foundSalmonella bacteria in Daniella mangoes imported from Mexico that matches the outbreak strain found in victims. 

The company, Agricola Daniella of Mexico, is on their import alert list. 

The mangoes were distributed in the U.S. by Splendid Products of California among others.

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The case count of Salmonella Braen…

With Chavez Win, Venezuelan Gangs Could Expand ...

Written by Jeremy McDermott

Monday, 08 October 2012

Hugo Chavez's victory in the presidential elections will give Venezuela's organized criminal syndicates another six years to grow and consolidate their power, in South America's most important transit nation for cocaine going to the US and Europe.

Chavez's easy victory will provide comfort to the corrupt elements in his regime, the so-called "Cartel of the Suns," and will allow homegrown organized crime syndicates to continue to supplant Colombian gangs and deal directly with Mexican cartels.

Crime in Venezuela has enjoyed exponential growth under the stewardship of Chavez, with 2011 the most violent year on record. Since he took office the murder rate has increased from 19 per 100,000 of the population to between 52 and 74 per 100,000, depending on who you speak to. This far outstrips neighboring Colombia, at 36 per 100,000, even though the Andean nation is still in the grip of a five-decade old civil conflict.…