The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced an expansion of the Asian citrus psyllid quarantine area in two areas in San Luis Obispo County this week. The Department’s press release indicates that an additional 158 square miles in and around the City of San Luis Obispo and in the unincorporated area of Cayucos have been added to the existing quarantine area, bringing the total quarantine area to 268 square miles. Detections of adult and nymph Asian citrus psyllids in and around the city and an adult psyllid in the Cayucos area prompted the expansion.

Ken Gilliland

When Western Growers and C.H. Robinson established the WG/CHRW Transportation Program in 2006, a key feature of the program was how potential loss and damage claims would be handled.  The program specifies that C.H. Robinson assumes liability for proven logistics related to loss and damage on all shipments transported with its carriers -- meaning that shippers file and resolve claims with CHR instead of the underlying carrier.  Upon proof of carrier liability C.H. Robinson settles with the shipper immediately and deals with the carrier after the fact. This feature has provided shippers with timely and efficient resolution of claims.

Ken Gilliland

The Produce Marketing Association and Western Growers is pleased to offer an opportunity for you to learn more about the FDA’s Inspection and Sampling Efforts during a webinar tomorrow, August 27th.

The Office of Compliance within the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is charged with addressing the agency’s enforcement and field programs. How much do you know about these programs and the FDA’s fresh produce sample collection assignments?  What do you need to know and do? Join us for a Lunch and Learn webinar to broaden your knowledge base and to share your thoughts.

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