Specialty Crops Program

USDA Updates Mushroom Food Safety Audit Checklist

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has updated the USDA Mushroom Good Agricultural Practices (MGAP) audit to apply to all species of mushrooms.  The changes, which were made at the request of the mushroom industry, will become effective November 15, 2016.

Specifically, AMS is revising the USDA MGAP checklist to require a semi-annual water-testing requirement and to modify requirements for the following:

USDA Files Action Against G K Produce Inc. in Pennsylvania for Alleged PACA Violations

Release No.: 146-16

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against G K Produce Inc.

The company, operating from Pennsylvania, allegedly failed to make payment to eight produce sellers in the amount of $548,441 from November 2013 through March 2014.

USDA Files Action Against Hop Hing Produces Inc. in New York for Alleged PACA Violations

Release No.: 140-16

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against Hop Hing Produces Inc., operating out of New York, alleging unlawful employment of an individual under PACA employment restrictions after being given notice by USDA that the company was not permitted to employ the individual without USDA-approval and the posting of a surety bond.

USDA Names Members and Alternates to the National Peanut Board

Release No. 135-16

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2016 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today appointed three members and three alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2017, and ending on Dec. 31, 2019. 

Members selected include Greg Gill, of Walnut Ridge, Ark.; Jim Chandler, of Portales, N.M.; and Les Crall, of Weatherford, Okla.

Alternate members selected include Gregory Baltz, of Pocahontas, Ark.; Karen Jackson, of Hobbs, N.M.; and Gayle White, of Frederick, Okla.

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