The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has agreed to extend the compliance period for implementing the new fruit and vegetable labeling requirement to January 15, 2020. The new provision would have required that all consumer prepackaged fresh fruits and vegetables be labeled with a lot number.

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), a partner with whom Western Growers has worked closely with over many years, took the lead in discussion with the CFIA regarding the potential impacts to business, including U.S. exporters, on this new proposed requirement.

Matt McInerney

In February 2018, the State Water Board revised the Waste Discharge Requirements (Order) for the Eastern San Joaquin River Watershed. The revised Order includes a new drinking water well monitoring requirement. Beginning on January 1, 2019, East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition (ESJWQC) members must monitor drinking water wells on their enrolled parcels for nitrates.

Gail Delihant

As we reported here, the adverse effect wage rate (AEWR) for H-2A workers and workers performing like services will rise significantly in many states next year. Given our continued struggle with an adequate supply of labor, allowing this AEWR increase will undoubtedly heighten our labor concerns. 

Growers who utilize the H-2A program for agricultural labor will soon face mandated wage increases of 6% nationwide, and as much as 23% in some states. 

Jason Resnick

Today, December 13, FDA updated its ongoing investigation and public advisory related to the E. coli outbreak currently linked to romaine lettuce. While the traceback investigation is ongoing, FDA has identified a pathogen matching the outbreak strain in an agricultural reservoir on the property of a single farm. The water from the reservoir on this single farm doesn’t fully explain the common source of the contamination. FDA is continuing this investigation.

Sonia Salas


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