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2008-07-31 18:00:17

WASHINGTON _ Turf struggles, bad communication and weak leadership undermined the federal response to a recent salmonella outbreak that cost the tomato industry a bundle, witnesses told a House of Representatives subcommittee Thursday. Lawmakers joined farmers in a wholesale attack on the Food and Drug Administration's performance, potentially laying the political foundation for a regulatory overhaul and multimillion-dollar compensation package. "We have been the primary injured party,"...

2008-07-30 03:00:34

By Dwain Walden, The Moultrie Observer, Ga. Jul. 30--MOULTRIE -- It's often said that perception is reality. And for Colquitt County's tomato crop this summer, such perception was measured by a $2.2 million loss because of the salmonella scare. As it turned out, the salmonella issue was traced back to jalapeno peppers as opposed to tomatoes as health officials originally thought. "But people were scared to eat tomatoes. It wasn't a problem after all, but perception is reality," said...

2008-07-28 03:00:29

By Anonymous The LACE (Local Agricultural Cooperative Exchange) Farm Fresh Market, Main Street, Barre, is a place where the community comes to find locally produced Vermont foods and produce. As the latest salmonella scare, this time in tomatoes, sweeps the nation, the LACE community feels a sense of validation for our mission: Buying Local. It's amazing and frightening to realize how little anybody knows about where these bad tomatoes are coming from, and how to be sure we're getting safe...

2008-07-27 15:00:33

By MICHAEL DOYLE, MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS WASHINGTON Tomato growers can thwack the Food and Drug Administration next week, but their try for federal funds could be a long shot. Two separate congressional hearings will enable California and Florida growers to bash the FDA for supposedly blowing the investigation of a recent salmonella outbreak. Regulators initially raised warning flags about tomatoes, costing farmers a bundle before suspicions turned to jalapeno peppers. "Clearly, the FDA...

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2008-07-26 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Tomato growers can thwack the Food and Drug Administration next week, but their try for federal funds could be a long shot. Two separate congressional hearings will enable California and Florida growers to bash the FDA for supposedly blowing a recent salmonella outbreak. Regulators initially raised warning flags about tomatoes, costing farmers a bundle before suspicions turned to jalapeno peppers. On Friday, the FDA narrowed its focus to Mexico-grown jalapenos, clearing...

2008-07-25 15:00:51

WASHINGTON _ Tomato growers can thwack the Food and Drug Administration next week, but their try for federal funds could be a long shot. Two separate congressional hearings will enable California and Florida growers to bash the FDA for supposedly blowing a recent salmonella outbreak. Regulators initially raised warning flags about tomatoes, costing farmers a bundle before suspicions turned to jalapeno peppers. "Clearly, the FDA has done a very poor job at tracking this outbreak," said Rep....

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2008-07-24 15:15:00

By FROMA HARROP "Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?" former Labor Secretary Ray Donovan famously asked after being indicted for mob- related larceny and fraud, and then acquitted of the charges. Vegetables can have the same problem -- or to be botanically correct in the case of tomatoes, fruit. For three months, the Food and Drug Administration held tomatoes as the prime suspect in a salmonella outbreak that sickened perhaps 40,000 people. Although rarely fatal, salmonella...

2008-07-23 03:00:45

By Lovelidge, Brian Exhibitors and visitors look ahead to the Fruit Focus show later this month. Brian Lovelidge reports This year's Fruit Focus promises a fantastic mix of attractions to keep visitors busy. Apart from over 90 trade stands, including numerous newcomers, there are several events such as two seminar programmes addressing topics of huge importance to growers and wine producers. The same applies to the East Mailing Research farm tours, during which researchers will discuss...

2008-07-21 15:00:13

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's OK to eat all kinds of tomatoes again, the U.S. declared Thursday -- lifting its salmonella warning amid signs that the record outbreak, although not over, may finally be slowing. Hot peppers still get a caution: The people most at risk of salmonella -- including the elderly and people with weak immune systems -- should avoid fresh jalapenos and serranos, and any dishes that may contain them such as fresh salsa, federal health officials advised. Investigators...

2008-07-21 08:44:59

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Matt Windsor, +1-202-457-8100, mwindsor@lipmanhearne.com, or Stephenie Fu, +1-202-457-8100, sfu@lipmanhearne.com, both for Tomato Products Wellness Council A closer look the grocery store yields a new appreciation for cost- and nutrition-conscious options APTOS, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/--While some health experts traditionally recommend shopping the grocery store perimeter for nutritious options like fresh produce, the center of the store...


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2013-10-03 09:43:32

Flavr Savr, also known as CGN-89564, a genetically modified tomato, was the first commercially grown genetically engineered food to be granted a license for human consumption. It was produced by the Californian company Calgene, and submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1992. On May 18, 1994, the FDA completed its evaluation of the Flavr Savr tomato and the usage of APH(3’)II, concluding that the tomato “is as safe as tomatoes bred by conventional means” and “that the...

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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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