K-State Researcher Provides Update On Major E. Coli Study In Beef

Less than two years into a sweeping five-year study focused on prevention of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in beef, researchers at Kansas State University and elsewhere are making progress on several fronts, according to Randy Phebus, K-State professor of animal sciences and industry.

The Farm-To-Centerpiece Movement

December 31, 2013 Stacey Solie, New York Times

The explosion of interest in seasonal and pesticide-free food tilled in local soil is now spilling over into the commercial flower industry, making it possible to go local, even in the middle of winter.

Ecuador's Flowers Are Reaching New Markets

December 31, 2013 Florint

South-American flower export bastion Ecuador is steadily branching out into new markets, recent news reports suggest, decreasing its dependence on key market the U.S.

Main Wholesale Florist Unveils Its New Jersey Facility

December 31, 2013 Main Wholesale Florist

Main Wholesale Florist has relocated to a new Clifton, NJ facility that now offers wholesale customers an indoor open flower market. The move to the other side of town will accommodate Main Wholesale Florist’s sustained growth and longstanding offering of the largest variety of premium quality flowers from around the world. The new location, at 27 Styertowne Road in Clifton, features new shipping and receiving docks opening into floral processing coolers that protect flower life expectancy and optimize quality for all incoming shipments.

ACS: FDA Launching Pilot Program To Sample & Test Domestic & Imported Raw Milk Cheese

December 31, 2013 American Cheese Society

Next month, FDA will launch a pilot program to sample and test domestic and imported raw milk cheese aged at least 60 days for salmonella, L. monocytogenes, and E. coli O157:H7. On December 19, members of the ACS Regulatory & Academic Committee attended a conference call held by FDA to share information about the program.