The latest food safety research findings and trends will be discussed at the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) fifth annual Produce Research Symposium in Newport Beach, California on June 24-25, 2014.  This event brings together scientists, industry and government. We are excited to host a webinar to provide an overview of the event.

Join us to learn about key food safety highlights discussed at this symposium and share your thoughts about food safety issues, solutions and trends you may see.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing about 20,000 longshoremen at 29 west coast ports, excluding Canada, are negotiating with the Pacific Maritime Association for a new contract.  The current six year contract expires on June 30, 2014.  Although both sides claim a commitment to negotiate until a deal is reached, concern remains about a strike disrupting shipments.  Should a lockout ensue, as happened in 2002 lasting 10-days, shippers will have to find alternative ports in the Gulf, east coast, or possibly Canada.

Ken Gilliland

The California Legislature concluded a busy week as members raced to advance bills before the deadline to pass bills out of policy committees. In spite of heavy opposition from Western Growers and a large coalition of state business interests, two notable labor union-sponsored bills advanced through Senate policy committees and will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee in August.

Matthew Allen

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