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» December 15, 2006 «
Family farmers urge patience as health investigators work to trace the source of E. coli bacteria linked to illnesses at Taco Bell restaurants in Eastern states. California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said yesterday (Thursday) that he hopes health agencies can provide "clear information that leads to positive changes to benefit food safety." Mosebar said farmers and everyone involved in marketing fresh produce share in the responsibility to assure safe, affordable food.
California-grown olive trees arrive in Iraq for planting.
UC Davis will participate in efforts to help revive agriculture in Iraq. The U.S. Agriculture Department said yesterday that five American universities will be involved. Experts from Davis will provide training in production of dates, pistachios and vegetable crops. The University of California specialists will train Arabic-speaking experts in Jordan and Egypt, who will carry the information to Iraqi farmers.
The arrival of imported apricots in California supermarkets doesn–t bother the state–s apricot marketers. In fact, the California Fresh Apricot Council says it welcomes the presence of fruit flown in from Chile. The council says the arrival of the fruit, just in time for the holidays, reminds consumers about apricots and shows retailers that there–s good demand for the fruit. California-grown apricots are available in the spring.Top