FDA Issues Report Highlighting Salmonella Outbreak in Packaged Leafy Greens Produced in a Controlled Environment Agriculture Operation

January 17, 2022 FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report on its investigation of the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that caused 31 reported illnesses and four hospitalizations in the U.S. between June and August 2021. The FDA worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state partners to investigate the outbreak, which was linked through epidemiology and traceback to packaged salad greens during the summer of 2021. This outbreak is believed to be FDA’s first domestic investigation of a foodborne illness outbreak associated with leafy greens grown in a Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) operation.

Mission Produce Veteran, SVP of Sales and Marketing, Ross Wileman, Retires

January 14, 2022 Mission Produce

Mission Produce, Inc., the world leader in sourcing, producing, and distributing fresh Hass avocados, with additional offerings in mangos, today announced the retirement of Ross Wileman, Mission’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, after 36 years of dedication to the company.

FL Commissioner Nikki Fried: ITC Reports Confirm Mexican Imports Devastating Florida Farmers

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried made the following statement in response to reports released last week by the non-partisan U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) concerning the effect of imports on the domestic seasonal squash and cucumber markets. The ITC reports confirm unfair practices have fueled the explosive growth of Mexican fruit and vegetable imports resulting in grave harm to American producers, demonstrating a clear need for the federal government to provide timely and effective relief for impacted farmers in Florida and other seasonal crop states.

USDA Seeks Nominees for National Mango Board

January 14, 2022 USDA AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for the National Mango Board to fill seats for seven members whose terms expire Dec. 31, 2022. Nomination applications for the seats are due Feb. 25, 2022. Appointed members will serve three-year terms.

As Shoppers Continue to Cook at Home and Increase Spending, Side Delights Potato Products Deliver on the 2022 Trends

January 13, 2022 Fresh Solutions Network,

Side Delights® kicks off the New Year with the plant-based products that shoppers seek to save time and money while reducing food waste. While cooking at home is here to stay, consumers are looking for easy to prepare foods. Recent data shows that 44 percent of consumers cooked more often in 2021 than pre-pandemic1, and with supply-chain concerns and a renewed appreciation of eating at home, the trend doesn’t appear to be going away.