U.S. Apple Association

Following the recent outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to caramel apples which killed seven people and hospitalized 34, the president of the U.S. Apple Association has called food safety the apple industry’s “top issue,” according to the Capital Press. Jim Bair, the association’s president, made the declaration on his most recent trip to Washington state, where he met with growers and officials in the country’s top apple-producing state. http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-apples-image10029129Thanks to a quick campaign to disseminate information domestically, the caramel apple-linked outbreak caused minimal damage to domestic apple sales. But sales have suffered considerably overseas, particularly in Southeast Asia, Bair
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(This article by Tom Karst, national editor of The Packer, was first published Aug. 26, 2014, and is reposted here with permission.) The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration’s new food safety regulations aren’t the only changes facing fresh produce marketers, but the coming rules likely will be the most far-reaching, Robert Brackett believes. In a talk called, “Food Safety Issues on the Horizon: Thinking Differently,” Brackett, a former FDA official and now vice president and director of the Institute for Food Safety and Health at the Illinois Institute of Technology, spoke to attendees of the U.S. Apple Association
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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt use of a pesticide commonly applied to conventionally grown apples to limit storage damage until EPA has done further safety studies. EWG’s president, Ken Cook, wrote EPA on Thursday asking that the agency launch a new investigation to determine whether the use of diphenylamine, or DPA, is safe for U.S. consumers who, according to 2010 industry data, use about 42.5 pounds of apple products per person each year. Cook’s letter to Steven Bradbury, head of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, stated that, as
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