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WASHINGTON — While Food & Drug Administration leaders say inspectors will undergo a culture change before enforcing the Food Safety Modernization Act and “educate before regulate,” the produce industry is looking for assurances inspectors will be well trained and apply the law consistently across the diverse industry. FDA shared some details of a plan to implement FSMA at an April 23-24 public meeting where the agency... Read more

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Seald Sweet making major moves in grape production; crop will triple this Mexican season
For more than a century, when people have thought of Seald Sweet International, they’ve thought of citrus. That’s been changing over the last five years and now is starting to change even more as the company continues aggressive expansion of its deciduous commodity division. This expansion now includes a major Mexican grape deal, which will triple the volume... Read more

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Oppy expects good grape availability for Memorial Day, July 4
The Mexican component of The Oppenheimer Group’s year-round grape program will see an early start again this year, with red seedless loading out of Nogales the third week of May, according to Marc Serpa, director of domestic grapes. Serpa told The Produce News in late March that fruit was coming out of Chile at that time, and he said the transition from Chile... Read more

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Target has named Anne Dament its senior vice president of merchandising. In this role, she will be responsible for leading the strategic repositioning of Target’s food business. Dament brings more than 19 years of grocery and consumer packaged goods experience to the role. She started her career in... Read more

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Mary Blackmon gets cooking with Food Network Chef Roger Mooking
Star chefs were abundant at the 90th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention in Montreal April 15-17, from new CPMA Half Your Plate Campaign ambassador Michael Smith to Food Network Canada’s Roger Mooking, who hosts three shows of his own. Our Mary Blackmon caught up with... Read more