Northwest Horticulture Council

apple-target-406SEATTLE — Sometimes when something that “just can’t happen” does happen, valuable lessons are learned. That was the case when some batches of commercially produced, packaged, whole caramel apples turned out to be the cause of a listeriosis outbreak in 2014-15 that infected 35 people from 12 states, putting 34 of them in the hospital. …

There’s a lot of anxiety in Washington State’s $2.5-billion tree fruit industry over the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Yakima Herald Republic reports. On Monday, the newspaper reported that growers of Pacific Rose apples are posting quality control supervisors to make sure orchard workers are using the new handwashing stations popping up among the trees…