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Judge strikes down USDA compost guidance, orders a do-over

An industry trade group representing California and Arizona produce growers isn’t happy with a recent federal court decision striking down government guidance for using composted municipal green waste on organic farms. In a statement released June 21, Western Growers of Irvine, CA, expressed disappointment in the June 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the Northern… Continue Reading

Produce industry questions Chipotle protestors’ motivation

Protests at two Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants Thursday by individuals purporting to be food safety advocates were actually publicity stunts staged by the Teamsters to cast a shadow on fresh produce supplier Taylor Farms, according to industry associations. The day before the protest, the union cited Taylor Farms’ food recalls, alleged food safety violations at the… Continue Reading

Western Growers boosts produce safety research with $1M gift

Research for the sake of research is not why the Center for Produce Safety launched the Campaign for Produce Safety initiative and it’s not why the regional trade association Western Growers donated $1 million to it. “CPS (the Center for Produce Safety) has global reach and impact,” said Western Growers president and CEO Tom Nasiff… Continue Reading