• Good Point: That unwashed grape

Good Point: That unwashed grape

  • November 26th, 2014
FSMA is another example of how a good idea (here, improved food safety for consumers) is forged into a federal law with little understanding by legislators of the complexities of the actual situation.
  • Schlect: Elections aftermath

Schlect: Elections aftermath

  • November 5th, 2014

● Greg Walden (R/Oregon) should be happy today. The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee sheparded his flock of candidates to a significant national victory in yesterday’s mid-term election. However, the delegation from the Pacific Northwest did manage to stand pat, with the only change being in the [...]

  • Schlect: Cherry Street

Schlect: Cherry Street

  • October 27th, 2014

● The Produce Marketing Association has hired a new team, Cornerstone Government Affairs, to represent it in Washington, D.C. Hunt Shipman will be the main contact for Cornerstone with PMA, for what is being called “Issues Management.” Mr. Shipman and his colleagues, such as my friend Vernie Hubert, have sterling [...]

  • Schlect: Food Safety — We’re Covered

Schlect: Food Safety — We’re Covered

  • September 23rd, 2014

● Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its anticipated revisions to four proposed rules implementing the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), with comments due by December 15. Our growers will be especially interested in changes to the FSMA rules for determining the safety [...]

  • California fruit league changes name

California fruit league changes name

  • August 12th, 2014

Nearly 80 years after its inception, the California Grape and Tree Fruit League announced they are changing their name to the California Fresh Fruit Association to better reflect the growing diversity of fruit its members grow.

The new name was proposed as part of a five-year planning mission to better [...]

  • Schlect: United Thawed

Schlect: United Thawed

  • May 21st, 2014

●  The American Frozen Food Institute has launched a 30 million dollar national effort to “encourage consumers to take a fresh look at frozen foods.” “Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh” is the tag line. This marketing initiative from AFFI, a group led by Kraig Naasz, a former member of [...]

  • Schlect: On a roll

Schlect: On a roll

  • May 13th, 2014
Anne MacMillan has left her post as deputy chief of staff to Secretary Vilsack at USDA to join Roll Global,