The Produce News – Today’s Headlines

  • A berry big drug bust
    U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge hit the drug-smuggling organizations hard this weekend with a substantial interception of hard narcotics, seizing $12.7 million of methamphetamine in a commercial shipment of frozen strawberries. “This was an outstanding interception our officers accomplished this weekend,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas port of entry. “Our officers’ astute sense of awareness and tenacity is unparalleled and truly commendable.” On Feb. 16, ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-02-20
  • More than 200 pounds of cocaine found in produce shipment
    A joint collaborative effort between U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations resulted in the seizure of 221.7 pounds of cocaine concealed in produce cargo vessels arriving to port Hueneme from Ecuador and Guatemala. While conducting an enforcement boarding of a refrigerated vessel arriving from Ecuador, CBP officers discovered 80 bundles of cocaine weighing 204.2 pounds. The narcotics were concealed within the floorboards of ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-02-20
  • Monterey Mushrooms Let’s Blend line makes for juicier meals, sales
    Monterey Mushrooms will showcase its product line called Let's Blend, finely diced mushrooms ready to blend with ground meat, at the Southeast Produce Council’s 2019 Southern Exposure, March 7-9 in Orlando, FL. Let’s Blend is available in an eight-ounce package for retail customers in three pre-seasoned flavors: classic, Mexican and Italian. Let’s Blend is also offered in eight-ounce and 40-ounce packages for foodservice customers, in both unseasoned or pre-seasoned flavors. It’s an easy way for ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-02-20
  • In the Trenches: Putting CEOs on the front line
    Top-line executives need to put on an apron. In my early days as a produce manager, my department was a training site. Specific employees were assigned to our store to be trained for future produce manager positions. That included executive staff, who were there to learn the fundamentals of operating a produce department. The CEO, who was once a store manager, wanted the executive staff to learn the front line functions that took place out ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-02-19
  • Concord Fresh Success Recall Mild Salsa Seasoning Mix Due To Undeclared Milk Allergen
    Concord Foods, LLC of Brockton, Massachusetts is recalling Concord Fresh Success Mild Salsa Seasoning Mix because it may contain undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk allergen run the risk of serious or lifethreatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. ... Read more
    Source: Food SafetyPublished on 2019-02-19
  • Kroger reshaping East Coast experience with more robotics warehouse facilities
    The Kroger Co. and Ocado, one of the world's largest dedicated online grocery retailers, announced central Florida and mid-Atlantic as the newly named regions for their next two customer fulfillment centers. "Kroger is excited to partner with Ocado -- one of the most innovative, advanced companies in the world -- to redefine the grocery shopping experience for customers along the East Coast," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and chief executive officer. "We are incredibly excited ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-02-19
  • SEPC celebrating 20th anniversary at Southern Exposure
    It was in 1999 that a visionary group of leaders led by Terry Vorhees met in Atlanta to form a produce organization that would serve and promote the produce industry in the southeastern region of the United States. That organization — the Southeast Produce Council —will proudly celebrate its 20th anniversary the first week in March during its annual Southern Exposure conference and expo, with this year’s theme: “Produce like it’s 1999.” In addition to ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-02-19
  • California and New York PACA violators restricted
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: Write On Marketing Inc., operating out of Los Angeles, for failing to pay a total of $219,906 in connection with three awards in favor of sellers in Arizona, California and Florida.  As of the issuance date ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-02-19
  • Chukar Cherries Expands Recall Of Amaretto Rainier Ultra Dark Chocolate Cherries Pouches Due To Undeclared Milk
    February 18, 2019, Chukar Cherries of Prosser, WA is recalling 7.5oz Amaretto Rainier Ultra Dark Chocolate Cherries because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. ... Read more
    Source: Food SafetyPublished on 2019-02-18
  • Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. Recalls 6.5 oz Jars & Cans of Smoked Silver Salmon Because of Possible Health Risk
    Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. of Wasilla, AK is recalling all jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon in 6.5 oz. containers with the production code of AL81111133 on the bottom of the jar/can because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. ... Read more
    Source: Food SafetyPublished on 2019-02-16