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Judge Orders FDA to Complete FSMA Rules by June 2015

June 28, 2013 

by Linda Larsen

Federal Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the U.S. District court of Northern California rejected the FDA’s proposed timeline for completion of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) timeline and ordered the agency to publish all regulations by June 30, 2015. 

In her decision, Hamilton wrote, “the court finds defendant’s ‘target timeframes’ to be an inadequate response to the request that the parties submit a proposal regarding deadlines that can form the basis of an injunction.”

The FDA was sued by the Center for Food Safety in August 2012, which applauded the Judge’s decision today. George Kimbrell, CFS senior attorney said in a statement, “this is a critical victory for consumers, farmers, and the public health. The Court’s decision will ensure FDA cannot unduly delay these life-saving measures any longer, while also ensuring all interested parties have a meaningful say in their outcome.”

The Food Safety Modernization Act was passed in 2011 to address the fa…


A recently launched website by Ciruli Brothers of Nogales, Arizona makes no reference to the Original & Scientific name of the mango that they fraudulently claim as their own...

The Government of Mexico even has a Geographic Indicator for the Ataulfo mango.

Ciruli Brothers and Cohorts chose to ignore the facts and are misbranding their product.

An Ataulfo by any other name is an act of fraud.

Ciruli Brothers had a falling out with the Soconusco mango growers several years ago and lost an iron grip on the Ataulfo mango.

Ciruli Brothers do the mango industry a disservice.

Here is the true story about Ataulfo Mangoes:

Ataulfo (mango)

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Ataulfo mango

Ataulfo mango (left), tommy atkins (right)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Mangifera
Species: Caesia Mangifera

The Ataúlfo, also called young, baby, yellow, honey, manila,[1][2] Adaulfo,[…


Ciruli Brothers launch mango website

06/28/2013 01:07:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Courtesy Ciruli Bros. LLCCiruli Bros. LLC has launched a website dedicated to mangoes.

The site,, is designed to educate people about fresh mangoes, Chris Ciruli, Nogales, Ariz.-based Ciruli Bros. chief operating officer, said in a news release.

“Our intent with the new is to provide our customers with more information about mangos, including selection tips and preparation ideas, so they can be better acquainted with the fruit and help drive more sales,” Ciruli said.

The site features an extensive recipe database, ripening instruction, a map tool that allows consumers to search for participating retailers, and a section where retailers can download print-ready point-of-sale materials including ripening and cutting guides.

“We understand that many U.S. consumers are not familiar with mangoes, so our efforts will continue to focus on collaborating with retailers for in-store p…


6/28/2013 - 7:25 pm ET/6:25 pm CT: 

I have good news and I have bad news:

The good news is that the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean will be quiet this weekend and possibly into much of next week.

Now, the bad news is that I am anticipating not only a busy overall July with at least 2 tropical storms or hurricanes developing across the Atlantic Basin. 

I am also looking at a very different weather pattern this year as in comparison to previous years with a westward positioned high pressure system which could lead to a racetrack for hurricanes to track from the eastern Atlantic to the Caribbean, Gulf states, Florida and the Southeast US.

Courtesy of:

Crown Weather Services

Extraditing Edward Snowden

Interviewee: Stephen I. Vladeck, Professor of Law, American University
Interviewer: Jonathan Masters, Deputy Editor

June 28, 2013

It is "impossible to handicap" whether Edward Snowden, wanted by the U.S. government on espionage charges for his unauthorized leaks of classified national security data, will be extradited back to the United States, says legal scholar Stephen Vladeck

The process is more a function of diplomatic relations than a purely legal matter, he says. "Part of what's complicated the U.S. position in the Snowden case is definitely some hostility and bitterness" from countries like China and Russia that are resentful of the U.S. surveillance practices Snowden is disclosing, he says. 

Vladeck supports greater oversight of U.S. surveillance activities as well as enhanced privacy protections. "The law has not yet caught up with changes in technology," he says.

What are the chances that Snowden is extradited to the United States?

It's impos…


Ecuador cools on Edward Snowden asylum as Assange frustration grows

President Correa revokes Snowden's temporary travel document amid concerns WikiLeaks founder is 'running the show'

Rory Carroll in Quito and Amanda Holpuch in New York

Friday 28 June 2013 13.03 EDT

President Correa declared that the safe conduct pass issued by Ecuador's London consul – in collaboration with Assange – was unauthorised. Photograph: EPA

The plan to spirit the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to sanctuary in Latin America appears to be unravelling amid tension between Ecuador's government and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

President Rafael Correa halted an effort to help Snowden leave Russia amid concern Assange was usurping the role of the Ecuadoran government, according to leaked diplomatic correspondence published on Friday.

Amid signs Quito was cooling with Snowden and irritated with Assange, Correa declared invalid a temporary travel document which cou…


Why Tree Ripe Mangoes?

Published on June 28, 2013, in Mango News.

Tree ripe mangoes are starting to become, “all the rage” around town and in grocery stores. 

So, what makes tree ripe mangoes so special? 

What’s the difference in a regular mango and a tree ripe mango? 

 How come all mangoes aren’t tree ripe? 

 These are all great questions, and with a little investigation, I got to the bottom of this upcoming trend…

Here is a comparison… Can you tell the difference?

Kent Mangoes

Tree Ripe Kent mangoes

So, here is the low down on tree ripe mangos:

So, what makes tree ripe mangos so special?

More sugars develop which makes the mangos sweeter then a typical mango

They stay fresh longer

They have a more creamy texture instead of a stringy texture (this also depends on variety)

What’s the difference in a regular mango and a tree ripe mango?

- If you are in the store and you are looking to purchase some of these delicious mangoes, look out for the little stem hanging off the top. Most conventional m…


Top 12 Right-to-Know Grocers

It was a challenge to single out only 12 overall winners, when all 50 regional winners have such impressive policies and practices for educating customers about GMOs and providing non-GMO alternatives. 

The “Diligent Dozen” winning stores are those grocers who are leading the natural food industry by working with manufacturers and local producers to transition to non-GMO ingredients and by advocating for GMO labeling.

Berkshire Organics Market & Deli, Dalton, MA Berkshire Organics stocks roughly 3,000 mainly local and organic grocery items. The store requires signed affidavits verifying that manufactured product, ingredients, and feed used by livestock farmers are GMO-free. Store staff visit sustainable farms to verify acceptable farming practices.

Dad’s Organic Market, Saskatoon, SK Dad’s Organic Market created a No GMO policy one year ago, and communicates that policy to manufacturers and vendors. Dad’s requires GMO-free statements on manufacturers’ lett…

Escandalo! Capitán del ejercito Harold Peña investigado por lavado de dólares en Costa Rica

por @DolarToday - June 28, 2013 en Noticias

Las autoridades judiciales de Costa Rica investigan a un funcionario público venezolano, el Capitán del ejercito Harold Peña, por un caso de legitimación de capitales que ya sumaría más de 15 millones de dólares, informaron hoy fuentes judiciales.

El Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) realizó hoy tres allanamientos en diversos puntos de San José para recolectar pruebas del lavado de capitales.

Las autoridades indicaron en un comunicado que se presume que este venezolano, con la ayuda de cómplices costarricenses, ha creado cuentas bancarias en Costa Rica para legitimar en países como Estados Unidos, dineros provenientes del Gobierno de Venezuela.

Aunque el OIJ no detalló la empresa estatal de la cual provienen los recursos, el medio digital   indicó que el sospechoso es un funcionario de la Compañía Anónima Venezolana de Industrias Militares (CAVIM), dedicada a la fabricación de armas.

La información oficial señala que en los úl…


Have you been by the farm stand to get mangoes yet? Now open Sundays. Sun-Fri 10-6. Closed Saturdays.

Dear Will,

Mango season is a little later than last year and will be shorter so don't hesitate. Get your order in now. 

The rainy, windy spring weather was not kind to the mangoes but we will have plenty to fill our shipping orders this year. 

Rains in early June

Unfortunately, the rain hit at the peak of the Keitt bloom thus they will be unavailable.

If you live in Florida or will be visiting in July join us for Sample Sunday at the farm. 

Our fourth annual Sample Sunday will be held July 21 from 10am - 6pm. 

We offer tours of the grove and samples of mangoes all for no cost. 

Bring your camera and come hungry.

 Local vendors will have many tasty offerings to satisfy your thirst and hunger.

Order Ripe Mangos Now

You can place your orders now. The Tommy Atkins variety is ready first with shipments as early as Monday, July 1.

Pickering Mango Tree

We are expecting a limited number of Southern Bl…