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US Consumers Somewhat, Slightly Concerned about Food Supply Safety

October 20, 2012 By Linda Larsen

NPD Group conducts biweekly surveys about food safety. 

This week they released a report this week that noted 60% of U.S. consumers are “somewhat or slightly concerned about the safety of the U.S. food supply.” 

Twenty-five percent were “extremely or very concerned”, and 15% “not concerned at all”. 

These are consistent levels that have not changed in years.

This is in spite of the fact that worldwide, deaths from gastroenteritis, or food poisoning, have doubled from 1999 to 2007. 

There were 15 major foodborne illness outbreaks in 2011; one-third of them were caused by fresh produce. The annual cost of foodborne illness is $14 billion every year in the United States.

As with any issue, concerns spike and level off when food poisoning outbreaks are in the news. 

In July and August of this year, there were many news reports about Salmonella in cantaloupe and mangoes, and Listeria monocytogenes in…


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"We just received our first "Nam Doc Mai" mangos from Ecuador! Can't wait for them to get ripe!"

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

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Winter Park, Florida

Of the three major Off shore South American sources for mangoes (Brazil, Ecuador & Peru), Peru is the largest acreage and is poised this year for a bumper crop.

Unlike Brazil & Ecuador which are in the hands of relatively few Agro - industrial concerns, the Peruvian mango crop is similar to Haiti and Mexico in that production ranges anywhere from a few trees to a few hundred acres. Major tracts of mango orchards are very rare in Peru.

This is what makes crop forecasting so hard in Peru and this is why marketing is such a "nightmare" out of Peru.

Unlike Brazil & Ecuador who are consolidated into a maximum of 10 to 20 vertically integrated export concerns that set up their marketing in various markets around the world, Peru averages roughly 100 exporters every year offering f…

VENEZUELA: Barcos esperan hasta 20 días fondeados en puertos nacionales ...

Navieras dicen que condiciones para operar "continúan deteriorándose"


sábado 20 de octubre de 2012 12:00 AM

Los retrasos en las operaciones portuarias continúan. De acuerdo a la información suministrada por Bolivariana de Puertos (Bolipuertos) en el puerto de Puerto Cabello un buque puede permanecer fondeado en la bahía hasta 20 días mientras se desocupa algún muelle. 

Eso fue lo que ocurrió con el barco Juno. La embarcación con bandera de Bahamas, procedente de Louisana, arribó al principal puerto local el pasado 20 de septiembre y sólo fue hasta el 9 de octubre cuando pudo atracar. Un día después inició las operaciones de descarga. 

Este no es un caso aislado. Al verificar la información difundida por Bolipuertos en su página web, se observa que la espera se repite. El barco Cornelia llegó a la bahía el pasado 21 de septiembre, atracó 19 días después y la descarga se arrancó el 15 de octubre. 

Al menos otros dos buques también tuvieron una espera d…

Smartmatic's bogus claims about Venezuela election

By Alek Boyd, founder and blogger,

 - 10/19/12 01:30 PM ET

On October 7th, the eyes of many in the Americas were set on Venezuela. 

The reason? 

A presidential race that pitted one of the most phenomenal politicos our country has seen - Hugo Chavez - against a rather unprepared and naïve opponent - Henrique Capriles. 

For the record, I was not among the crowd of wishful believers in a possible victory for the opposition. Having shadowed the previous presidential candidate for the opposition in 2006, and having witnessed the obscene way in which all the resources and power of the State is used to favour the incumbent, I was expecting a Chavez victory, and wrote as much, repeatedly.

But imagine my surprise this morning, when I read an op-ed here, from Smartmatic's CEO, Antonio Mugica, praising his own company as a beacon of transparency, and extolling the democratic virtues of Venezuela's electoral system. Since I have been following the meteoric growth of Smartmatic since…


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Mike Myatt, is a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs and their Boards of Directors. Widely regarded as America's Top CEO Coach, he is the author of "Leadership Matters...The CEO Survival Manual" a Forbes leadership columnist, and is the Managing Director and Chief Strategy Officer at N2growth.

Mr. Myatt has worked with more than 150 public company CEOs and his representative corporate clients include: AT&T, Bank of America, Deloitte, EMC, Humana, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, McGraw-Hill, Merrill Lynch and other leading global brands.

As an executive, Mike Myatt has held numerous C-suite positions, as an entrepreneur he has been a principal in 4 successful ventures, and as a professional advisor he has worked with clients ranging from successful CEOs & …

15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders ...

Oct. 18 2012 — 12:43 am 
It’s important to realize that just because someone holds a position of leadership, doesn’t necessarily mean they should. Put another way, not all leaders are created equal. The problem many organizations are suffering from is a recognition problem – they can’t seem to recognize good leaders from bad ones. In today’s column I’ll address how to identify bad leaders by pointing out a few things that should be obvious, but apparently aren’t.

If I only had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked, “is there a simple test that can quickly determine an executive’s leadership ability?” The short answer is yes, but keep in mind, simple and fast aren’t always the same thing as effective. There are a plethora of diagnostic tests, profiles, evaluations, and assessments that offer insights into leadership ability, or a lack thereof. My problem with these efforts is they are overly analytical, very theoretical, and very often subject to bias. That said, they are fast, easy,…


Si lees esto, aprenderás a reconocer a un mal líder

Octubre 19, 2012 3:24 pm

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No basta con tener la posición de liderazgo, también es importante saber asumir el papel de líder.

Mike Myatt, quien es experto en temas de liderazgo, escribió para Forbes sobre la manera de identificar a los malos líderes dentro de una organización.

Para Myatt, existen pruebas sencillas para determinar rápidamente la capacidad de un líder. Sin embargo, advierte que lo simple y rápido no siempre es lo efectivo debido a que éstas pruebas tienden a ser teóricas.

El consejo principal es que si usted realmente desea determinar la destreza de un líder, dele un poco de responsabilidad y observe qué hace. En ese momento se dará cuenta de cómo responde a diferentes situaciones y qué hace o deja de hacer para solucionarlas.

Tenga en cuenta que una de las principales responsabilidades de liderazgo es la creación de más y mejores líderes.

Myatt elaboró una lista con las 15 maneras d…

Venezuela vende cuatro toneladas de oro de sus reservas internacionales ...

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viernes 19 de octubre de 2012 04:43 PM
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Venezuela vendió cuatro toneladas de sus reservas internacionales en oro para beneficiarse del aumento del precio del metal y "generar ganancia" para el Estado, dijo el presidente del Banco Central (BCV), Nelson Merentes, en una entrevista publicada este viernes.

"Vendimos cuatro toneladas de oro monetario, que lo estamos sustituyendo por el oro que estamos refinando en Guayana (estado Bolívar, sureste)", dijo Merentes en entrevista con el diario El Nacional, sin precisar la fecha en la que se hizo la venta.

"La operación se hace para aprovechar el alza del precio del metal y generar ganancia", añadió el responsable, explicando que el Estado realiza este tipo de ventas desde 2009.

Según el precio actual de la onza de oro en el mercado internacional, esas cuatro toneladas equivaldrían a unos 240 millones de dólares.

Merentes indicó que dos de las cuatro toneladas de oro ya se han repuesto a las res…