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In regards to the alleged romaine contamination that the news has been talking about, here is the latest information.  As always, we will keep you informed of important food safety updates as they occur.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has issued an updated public health notice stating that the E. coli O157:H7 foodborne illness outbreak in Canada, which that agency has associated with Romaine lettuce consumption, appears to be over.

The nationwide cold spell last week (thank goodness it’s over) really effected the Post-Irma vegetable crops in Florida.

On New Year’s Day, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) instituted a new rule which required truckers to install electronic logging devices (elogs) on all trucks.  These devices electronically monitor how long a truck driver is in the driver’s seat every day.

Tomato markets are easing downwards, with better supplies coming to market.

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Ford's Produce Supply Update
January 15, 2017 Edition

In regards to the alleged romaine contamination that the news has been talking about, here is the latest information.  As always, we will keep you informed of important food safety updates as they occur.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has issued an updated public health notice stating that the E. coli O157:H7 foodborne illness outbreak in Canada, which that agency has associated with Romaine lettuce consumption, appears to be over. PHAC is also advising Canadian consumers that they no longer need to consider not consuming romaine lettuce.  Officials with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have posted updates as well, noting the likely source appears to be leafy greens. 

 The nationwide cold spell last week (thank goodness it’s over) really effected the Post-Irma vegetable crops in Florida.  Though not much damage was done to the produce in the fields, production shut down with the cold weather.  Harvesting hit a wall when the plants stopped growing, tightening up supply. Prices are up on many items, including squash, peppers, and cucumbers.

On New Year’s Day, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) instituted a new rule which required truckers to install electronic logging devices (elogs) on all trucks.  These devices electronically monitor how long a truck driver is in the driver’s seat every day.  The goal is to eliminate tired drivers on the highway and thus reduce accidents.  The problem with this is that professional drivers are already an incredibly safe group, causing very few accidents compared to the national average.  The downside is that this ruling is creating a situation where it now takes 2 drivers to do the job that one used to do.  Or one driver does the job much more slowly and thus arrives much later than before, and has to be paid for more days of work for the same delivery.  This is quickly changing the transportation industry and increasing freight costs on all consumer products, not just produce.  Freight rates for cross country truck loads increased by about 15-20 percent overnight as a result of the now less productive drivers needing more time, money, or manpower to complete the same job.  This is a big deal, and it’s going to increase every citizen’s cost of living from now on. 

Tomato markets are easing downwards, with better supplies coming to market.  Prices from Mexican and Florida farmers are lower this week, and are trending downward from there.

Q:  Which herb is the most agreeable?  A:  Silantro.

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Ford’s Produce now has an App!  Downloand Now Google Play & Itunes.We’ve developed and perfected a great new ordering application to make your job easier.  Now you can order your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables right from your Android or Apple smartphone.  You can download it in the Google or Apple app stores, just search for Ford’s Produce.  It uses the same credentials that many of you have already set up for online ordering.  If you need a user ID and password, just give us a call! Be sure to check it out on Google Play & Itunes.

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