Officials in the Spanish region of Andalusia have contributed $113,000 to a research project that will examine a 2019 listeria outbreak in the area. Scientists will investigate ways to improve surveillance, diagnosis and treatment of infections.
Bagged salads from Fresh Express have infected more than 500 people in 10 US states with cyclospora, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The brand's salad products have also been linked to an outbreak in Canada that has led to 37 illnesses across three provinces.
Digital tools have become more important than ever as food manufacturers work to maintain public safety with fewer employees, writes Jason Chester. Investing in cloud-based quality management systems helps standardize process information and allows leaders to access data from anywhere.
Ferrara's SweeTarts brand has entered into a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. for a giveaway of the licorice-dispensing Golden Ropes Holder to promote the "Wonder Woman 1984" film release. The candy is meant to resemble Wonder Woman's lasso with the holder featuring the character's iconic "W" logo attached to a belt.
The USDA issued a reminder for producers to review available crop risk protection options with application deadlines starting Sept. 1. Producers' options include federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage for losses caused by natural disasters.
The USDA's Risk Management Agency has introduced a new Quality Loss Option that will allow producers to use pre-quality production amounts for their annual production histories, which the agency hopes will give producers more flexibility and options. "Considering the impacts that North Dakota's farmers have faced from severe weather in recent years, this is an important addition, and we encourage our producer groups to give their feedback to RMA," said Sen. John Hoeven, who is also chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee.
The 2021 Agriculture Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021 has been approved by the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee without amendments. "Our fiscal year 2021 allocation is $23.98 billion -- 2% above the fiscal year 2020 enacted level and more than $4.1 billion above the budget request," said Subcommittee Chairman Sanford Bishop, D-Ga.
The US winter wheat harvest is looking encouraging as northern Kansas producers are finding higher protein hard red winter wheat while soft red winter wheat crop overall will be a much higher quality crop than last year. While favorable quality has been found in many states, the wheat crops in northern North Carolina and southern Virginia were hit by late-season rain, which reduced falling number values.
Prices for Chicago corn and soybeans fell last week after the USDA found 71% of corn and soybean crops were in good-to-excellent condition. Meanwhile, the US wheat harvest is progressing fine with a bump to 56% harvested, up from 41% the last week, according to StoneX commodity risk manager Matt Ammermann.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed how farmers manage risks with unpredictable disruptions, according to Colorado State University agricultural and business management Extension economist Jeff Tranel. Farmers can use a whole-farm risk-management plan, suggests Tranel, which includes purchasing crop insurance, considering primary risk sources, taking stock and charting a near-term and long-term plan of action.