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Benefit set Aug. 10 for STOP Foodborne Illness

The national nonprofit advocacy group STOP Foodborne Illness is inviting supporters to “STOP @ Dovetail Brewery” for a benefit event in Chicago on Aug. 10.

Tickets are available online for $ 85 each for the evening of craft beer, appetizers and jazz at the Windy City’s newest craft brewery, The Dovetail Brewery. On tap — literally — will be a traditional German-style Lager, a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen and a Franconian-style Rauchbier, according to information at www.stopfoodborneillness.org.

STOP-Foodborne-Illness-2016-benefitSTOP Foodborne Illness is a national nonprofit public health organization dedicated to the prevention of illness and death from foodborne pathogens by advocating for sound public policy, building public awareness, and assisting those impacted by foodborne illness. Its programs are made available through grants and donations.

The group was founded, in part, by Darin Detwiler, the father of 16-month-old Riley Detwiler who died as a result of a 1993 E. coli outbreak.

Originally called Safe Tables Our Priority (STOP), today STOP Foodborne Illness has more than 31,000 supporters nationwide. The group has partnered with Congress, the USDA, the FDA, the CDC and other relevant agencies to mitigate food safety risks through policy and legislation.

“We offer peer-to-peer mentoring for victims and families all over the country. We empower others to become food safety advocates themselves through free resources and up-to-date information,” according to the organization’s website.

“Since STOP Foodborne Illness was founded, we have been instrumental in passing food safety laws including the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).”

For those who cannot attend the benefit event and wish to make a donation, visit the STOP Foodborne Illness website.

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Congressional decisions benefit RRV and other potato industry segments

Along with other sectors of the national potato industry, Red River Valley grower-shippers will benefit from the U.S. Senate passing the $ 1.1 trillion Consolidated & Further Continuing Appropriations Act, which is part of the 2015 spending bill.

Ted Kreis, marketing director of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, credits the lobbying work of the National Potato Council staff in Washington, DC, for encouraging these Federal changes. Kreis particularly cited the work of John Keeling, the council’s executive vice president.KreisTed Kreis

“There are two provisions in the legislation that are totally unrelated, but both very important to the potato industry,” Kreis wrote. “One offers some temporary regulatory relief to the trucking industry while another provision brings some common sense into the WIC program.”

The latter case means that fresh potatoes have been added to the WIC program for the first time. “Under current law, all fresh fruits and vegetables except white potatoes are eligible for purchase in the USDA’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program,” he said. “That is about to change.” 

He also noted that “’white potatoes’ refers to all fresh potatoes regardless of skin color. The term ‘white’ is used to differentiate potatoes from sweet potatoes.”

The new spending omnibus has a provision that would make fresh white potatoes eligible for purchase with WIC vouchers — available to low-income women and children at critical stages of development — just like all other fresh fruits and vegetables.

At least a temporary trucking fix

Kreis said the Congressional roll-back of limited daily hours of driving for the nation’s truckers will be at least a “temporary fix” to ease a scarcity of truckers.

Kreis and others in the Red River Valley indicate a driver shortage is causing significant damage to their businesses.

“A provision in the spending bill also calls for a detailed study of the effect of the regulations on truck crashes,” Kreis indicated in his release. “The measure will roll back the restrictive new rules governing hours of service until next October, when both sides are expected to resume their arguments.

“The truck shortage is a tremendous problem for the whole country,” Kreis told The Produce News.

Because of a shortage of truckers, Kreis said his members “have lost some business. We’ve got to find a way to get it moved. It’s a challenge, but it has eased up a bit since Thanksgiving. After deer hunting season” in the Red River Valley truckers return to the road “it’s usually a little better. And it has been.”

Kreis said there is significant usage of rail service, but trucks remain the preferred mode of transportation.

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Congressional decisions benefit RRV and other potato industry segments

Along with other sectors of the national potato industry, Red River Valley grower-shippers will benefit from the U.S. Senate passing the $ 1.1 trillion Consolidated & Further Continuing Appropriations Act, which is part of the 2015 spending bill.

Ted Kreis, marketing director of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, credits the lobbying work of the National Potato Council staff in Washington, DC, for encouraging these Federal changes. Kreis particularly cited the work of John Keeling, the council’s executive vice president.KreisTed Kreis

“There are two provisions in the legislation that are totally unrelated, but both very important to the potato industry,” Kreis wrote. “One offers some temporary regulatory relief to the trucking industry while another provision brings some common sense into the WIC program.”

The latter case means that fresh potatoes have been added to the WIC program for the first time. “Under current law, all fresh fruits and vegetables except white potatoes are eligible for purchase in the USDA’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program,” he said. “That is about to change.” 

He also noted that “’white potatoes’ refers to all fresh potatoes regardless of skin color. The term ‘white’ is used to differentiate potatoes from sweet potatoes.”

The new spending omnibus has a provision that would make fresh white potatoes eligible for purchase with WIC vouchers — available to low-income women and children at critical stages of development — just like all other fresh fruits and vegetables.

At least a temporary trucking fix

Kreis said the Congressional roll-back of limited daily hours of driving for the nation’s truckers will be at least a “temporary fix” to ease a scarcity of truckers.

Kreis and others in the Red River Valley indicate a driver shortage is causing significant damage to their businesses.

“A provision in the spending bill also calls for a detailed study of the effect of the regulations on truck crashes,” Kreis indicated in his release. “The measure will roll back the restrictive new rules governing hours of service until next October, when both sides are expected to resume their arguments.

“The truck shortage is a tremendous problem for the whole country,” Kreis told The Produce News.

Because of a shortage of truckers, Kreis said his members “have lost some business. We’ve got to find a way to get it moved. It’s a challenge, but it has eased up a bit since Thanksgiving. After deer hunting season” in the Red River Valley truckers return to the road “it’s usually a little better. And it has been.”

Kreis said there is significant usage of rail service, but trucks remain the preferred mode of transportation.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Tops Sources Coffee to Benefit Nearby Zoo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Tops Friendly Markets has brought in locally roasted Polar Bear Brew Coffee to support the Buffalo Zoo’s new Arctic Edge polar bear exhibit.

For every bag purchased, $ 1 will be donated to the Buffalo Zoo’s 60,000-square-foot polar bear exhibit designed to replicate the snowy, frozen climate of the Arctic Circle.


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The exclusive brew from McCullagh Coffee launched in 50 locations Sunday and will be available throughout Western New York through Aug. 4. Made with 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified Colombian beans, the coffee is available in Breakfast Blend, Donut Shop and Decaffeinated.

“As a long-standing sponsor of the Buffalo Zoo, the opportunity to support the Buffalo Zoo by offering Polar Bear Brew, a premium locally roasted coffee is a win-win situation,” said Cathy Shifflett, Tops’ vice president of Center Store Sales and Marketing, in a statement.

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