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FDA Draft Guidance on Tomatoes, Leafy Greens and Melons

On July 31, the FDA issued draft guidance on three categories of produce:  tomatoes, leafy greens and melons.  Comments on the drafts are due, according to Hyman, Phelps & McNamara P.C.’s FDA Law Blog, by November 3 at www.regulations.gov using docket numbers FDA-2009-D-0346 (tomatoes), FDA-2009-D-0347 (melons), or FDA-2009-0348 (leafy greens).  They may also be submitted directly to … Continue Reading

What to Do When the Investigators Knock . . .

This week brought news of yet another nationwide Salmonella outbreak from a source not yet identified by government regulators. The last time we had a nationwide Salmonella outbreak for an extended period of time without identification of a definitive source the federal government initially singled out tomatoes imported from Mexico (a huge array of products). … Continue Reading

More on Compensation for Tomato Growers

I wrote recently about legislation introduced in Congress to compensate tomato growers for their losses during the recent and protracted Salmonella Saintpaul investigation.  While the legislation has not yet advanced, Cindy Skrzycki from Bloomberg.com is also covering this issue and wrote a great article "Tomato Growers Seek Payback on Samonella Scare." According to the Bloomberg article, … Continue Reading

Government Assistance for Rotten Tomatoes?

     I recently received a call from a reporter about legislation introduced by Representative Tim Mahoney (D-Fl), that would provide “emergency assistance to growers and first handlers of tomatoes.”  The text of the bill, HR 6581, as referred to the House Agriculture Committee reads as follows: SECTION 1. EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR GROWERS AND FIRST … Continue Reading

Good Time To Review Crisis Management Plans

Incredibly, the Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak remains unsolved. First reported onset of illness date was April 10, yet the traceback is still not complete. Personal injury and economic damage claims await for the FDA and CDC to determine causation. Produce industry, particularly in Mexico, stands to suffer long lasting injury.  Whether or not your business stands … Continue Reading

Yes, We Have No Tomatoes

By Guest Blogger Richard Goldfarb Sunday, at a local restaurant, I saw a sign saying that there would be no fresh sliced tomatoes on my burger. Although it is quite clear that there are safe tomatoes available, the FDA has encouraged restaurants simply to cease selling them. This makes a lot of sense: rumors fly … Continue Reading
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