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USDA Steps Up Citrus Greening Fight As GMO Fix Looks Promising


If there was any way that American-grown oranges could be saved without turning to genetic engineering, Ricke Kress at Southern Gardens Citrus would take it. But, in the real world, he’s found no choice but to pursue the strategy that saved Hawaii’s papaya crop — genetic engineering for a defense against a more powerful environmental… Continue Reading

Hawaii Senate Committees Hear Then Kill GMO Labeling Bill


Three committees of the Hawaii Senate Thursday heard the House proposal to require labels on genetically modified food produced outside the state, and then they voted to table the bill for the current legislative session, effectively killing the bill. Once again. Just two days earlier, House Bill (HB) 174 was considered dead after the Senate… Continue Reading

Salmonella Concern Prompts Papaya Recall

Caribe Produce LTD Co. of McAllen, TX, is recalling 286 cases of Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand papayas because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in the papayas, according to the recall notice.  The company says no illnesses have been reported. The recalled Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Papaya Over, Says CDC

Seven more patients with illness onset dates from late July brought the total number of papaya-related Salmonella Agona victims to 106 before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) closed out its report on the outbreak. “This particular outbreak appears to be over,” said the CDC on Monday, adding:  “Salmonella remains an important cause… Continue Reading

Mexican Papayas Detained at the Border

A ban on Mexican papayas entering the United States will make it a little harder to find the tasty Vitamin C-laden fruit at your favorite grocer.  More costly papayas from other growing areas will replace them on the shelf. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration closed the American border to Mexican papaya on Thursday because… Continue Reading

Fresh Cut Papaya Products Recalled

A Houston company is recalling products made with fresh cut papaya in connection with the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Agona. GHSW of Houston said it was notified that papayas used in its products were associated with the Agromod Produce recall. On July 23, Agromod announced a recall of papayas imported from Mexico that have been… Continue Reading

Papaya Outbreak Strain Also Seen in 2010

The Salmonella Agona bacteria causing illnesses linked to imported papayas also cropped up in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, but the source of that outbreak was never found. According to the CDC’s latest update, the outbreak strain is made up of four closely related pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns that… Continue Reading

More Papayas Found Contaminated with Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is stepping up tests on papayas imported from Mexico as it investigates a Salmonella outbreak in 23 states involving 97 cases of food poisoning, including 10 that required hospital treatment. In a news release Monday, the FDA said 10 more papaya samples from Mexico have tested positive for different… Continue Reading

Mexican Papayas Blamed for Salmonella Outbreak

The world’s leading Maradol papaya grower acknowledged over the weekend that it is facing its most serious food-safety challenge since a pesticide chemical prevented its product from getting into the United States five years ago. Agromod Products Inc., the U.S. marketer for the Tapachula, Mexico-based papaya grower, recalled all of its Blondie, Yaya, Ma√±anita and… Continue Reading