Fruits (ALL)

Christmas Tree Industry Votes to Continue National Research and Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that U.S. producers and importers of Christmas trees voted to continue their federal research and promotion program. In a referendum held by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) May 1 through May 31, 2018, 51 percent of producers and importers voting in the referendum favored continuation of the program.

Joint Letter to PACA Licensees, Organic Labels Must Be Removed from Fumigated Imports

In a joint letter, linked below, to all Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) licensees, the USDA Fair Trade Practices Program and National Organic Program remind U.S. importers that agricultural products treated with a substance prohibited by the USDA organic regulations, or that undergo ionizing radiation, may not be sold, labeled or represented as organic.

USDA Announces Cranberry Volume Control Procedures for Handlers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a final rule establishing diversion procedures for seasonal volume control of cranberries grown under the Marketing Order regulating the handling of cranberries grown in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Long Island in the State of New York. The procedures were recommended by the Cranberry Marketing Committee.

USDA Clarifies Obligations for Honey Packers Regarding Country of Origin Labeling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published a final rule clarifying that all honey must include conspicuous and indelible country-of-origin labeling, in English, to meet applicable USDA regulations and U.S. Customs law.

AMS was petitioned by honey industry members to clarify obligations for honey packers regarding country of origin labeling.

USDA Proposes Changes to Container Requirements for Certain Texas Citrus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting comments on a proposed rule to change container requirements under the federal marketing order for oranges and grapefruit grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The rule was recommended by the Texas Valley Citrus Committee to revise container requirements and align them with current industry practices.

The proposed rule would:

USDA Files Action Against Moza LLC in Pennsylvania for Alleged PACA Violations

Release No.: 086-18

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against Moza LLC (Moza).

The company, operating from Pennsylvania, allegedly failed to make payment to ten produce sellers in the amount of $357,144 from July 2016 through June 2017.

USDA Files Action Against Paradise Produce LLC in Nevada for Alleged PACA Violations

Release No.: 089-18

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against Paradise Produce LLC.

The company, operating from Nevada, allegedly failed to make payment to 32 produce sellers in the amount of $694,922 from February 2017 through November 2017.

USDA Files Action Against Northwest Produce LLC in Idaho for Alleged PACA Violations

Release No.: 085-18

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against Northwest Produce LLC (Northwest).

The company, operating from Idaho, allegedly failed to make payment to 11 produce sellers in the amount of $85,054 from July 2015 through June 2017.

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