Ford's Produce Supply Update

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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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Produce Handling

Fruit Storage Guide | Vegetable Storage Guide

Proper rotation practices must be followed in order to keep produce fresh.

Simply write the delivery date on the outside of every carton received and store the cartons so the date can be easily read. The oldest product should be used first according to the FIFO method (First-In, First-Out).

Temperature fluctuates widely from front to back of the cooler due to the location of the cooling unit and frequency of the door being opened. Divide the cooler into three areas and store as noted below:

1. Apples, Basil, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carambola, Citrus,Fords Produce Asparagus Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Honeydews, Jicama, Limes, Okra, Onions, Papayas, Pears, Peppers, Pineapples, Plums, Radishes, Rhubarb, Ripe Tomatoes (for short periods only), Zucchini.

2. Alfalfa, Apricots, Bean Sprouts, Berries, Carrots, Corn, Fresh-Cut Salads, Greens, Head Lettuce, Herbs, Kale, Leaf Lettuce, Parsnips, Ripe Nectarines, Ripe Peaches, Spinach

3. Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherries, Coconuts, Grapes, Green Onions, Kiwifruit, Mushrooms, Parsley, Peas, Turnips, Watercress

Store at room temperature: Pineapples, bananas, papayas, pears, mangos, avocados but they should really be used upon arrival. Be careful not to over-buy; if you refrigerate a ripe tomato, it loses flavor.

Do not refrigerate these items: potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger roots, rutabagas and yams.

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