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FOOD SAFETY LAWSUIT : Jensens give listeria victims control of case against Primus Labs

11/21/2013 04:48:00 PM
Coral Beach

Following a meeting with some family members of victims of the 2011 listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe from their farm, Eric and Ryan Jensen signed over a lawsuit they filed against Primus Labs to the victims.

Attorney Bill Marler, who represents 46 of the 64 victims and their families who have filed civil suits against the Jensen brothers, said Nov. 21 that he would soon file a notice of appearance in Colorado state court in the case against the Santa Maria, Calif., auditing firm.

By “assigning” the case to the victims, the Jensens have basically taken themselves out of the lawsuit against Primus Labs, Marler said. Now he and the other lawyers representing victims in civil cases against the Jensens will prosecute the Colorado case against Primus Labs.

Any settlement in the Primus Labs case will be divided among the victims, Marler said. He said he could not estimate how long it would take to resolve the case. Marler will continue to represent 46 clie…

GIVE THEM HELL !!! : Pine Island (FLORIDA) grower appointed to National Mango Board

Nov. 22, 2013 5:02 PM 

Chris and Jean Sapp of Promised Land Mangoes on Pine Island extended what they offer with Jean's mango jams, jellies, butter, chutney and honey. / Special to

Written by
Amy Sowder

On Thursday, Jean Sapp found out she was elected to the National Mango Board and that it had been confirmed by the U.S. Commissioner of Agriculture.

Sapp and her husband, Chris Sapp, are the owners of the Old Pineland Mango Grove in Pineland.

“I am pleased to be a part of the international mango industry. I look forward to representing my fellow mango growers in this nation,”
Sapp said in a news release this morning.

The National Mango Board is a promotion and research organization with a mission to increase awareness and consumption of mangoes in the United States.

Sapp will serve as the only U.S. domestic producer on the board.

Sapp’s appointment offers Florida mango producers the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns on a global stage. In addition to her commitm…

Tough season for Australian mangoes

Manbulloo Mangoes

The Australian mango season is proving a difficult one to say the least. Overall the expectation is that the NT crop is about 1.7 million trays versus 4.3 million trays last year. Significant losses have been seen in the Northern Territory and the crop in Queensland is also between 20 – 40% less than most years.

Marie Piccone, Managing Director of one of Australia's biggest mango producers, Manbulloo Ltd said some producers are describing this season as a complete crop failure. "In Katherine some growers have 60% of their normal crop but others have as little as 20%. It has been a "hard fought" growing season, just getting the trees to flower was hard work as was keeping the fruit on the trees until harvest."

The cause of much of the trouble was the weather, strong destructive winds in August, an unusually warm winter, and all this after the very dry wet season.

 Piccone explains, "Normally we have good cloud cover through January, February…

Miami to begin port dredge in readiness for Panama canal expansion

By: Reuters 

| Nov 22 2013 at 02:25 PM | 

The long-awaited dredge of Miami’s port will begin as it and other cities up and down the east coast scramble to prepare for the massive ships that will pass through the Panama Canal when expansion work there is completed in 2015.

“The investment in the deep dredge will pay dividends in years to come,”
Port Director Bill Johnson said in a news release announcing the commencement of the 18-month project, “making Florida an even more powerful player in the global marketplace.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing the $220 million dredge, which will deepen the harbor’s depth to 50 feet, allowing it handle the larger “Post-Panamax” ships that can carry two or three times the load of standard freighters.

Miami officials hope the port’s short distance from the canal, as well as $2 billion of planned infrastructure upgrades, including cranes to unload the ships and a billion dollar tunnel connecting the port to major highways, will make the city a…

FOOD SAFETY NIGHTMARE : Cantaloupe farmers meet victims of unintentional listeria outbreak

difficult meeting for both sides

Listeria victims’ families meet farmers responsible for tainted cantaloupe

It’s happened only twice before in the history of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver.

Victims and families of a listeria outbreak meet in private—with the two farmers who grew contaminated cantaloupe that killed 33 people and hospitalized 147 around the country. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office convened the meeting of about 25 people. The Jensen brothers, Ryan and Eric, and the listeria victims and families, together in one room to say the things to each other they’ve long wanted.

The Jensen’s pleaded guilty to introducing the poisonous produce into the food chain.

“It gives the chance to put a face on the Jensen brothers. I don’t think they meant to do anything deliberately wrong. But they had followed some procedures that just weren’t quite right,” say Stevens’ wife, Elaine.

“I think they were led astray, in their hearts they know they did something wrong,” says Exley. But she also thin…


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Venezuela quedará sin inventarios y con un loco con todo el poder


by Carlos Vilchez Navamuel

• 21 noviembre, 2013 •

Por CarlosVilchez Navamuel

Después de la decisión tomada semanas atrás por el presidente cuestionado de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, quién ordenó de forma demagoga y populista la ocupación y venta todos los productos en todas las tiendas de la cadena de almacenes de electrodomésticos Daka, cuando dijo “Que no quede nada en los anaqueles” la locura de los venezolanos se desató, miles de ellos se lanzaron a la calle a comprar y otros tantos se dedicaron a saquear en varios lugares del país.

Días después afirmó que continuaría con la misma política con otras empresas que venden juguetes, artículos de ferretería y otros. 

A estas acciones, Pedro Palma, profesor del Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) pronosticó que “Esto sin duda alguna se va a traducir en una mayor escasez” y añadió “Todas estas ventas masivas de productos a menores precios están propiciando a que la gente salga desesperada por co…