More Recalled Food Items & Time Is Running Out for Organics

More Recalled Food Items & Time Is Running Out for Organics

More Recalled Food Items & Time Is Running Out for Organics plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

A Portland company is recalling potentially contaminated fruit items. The Pacific Coast Fruit Company is voluntarily recalling multiple types of fresh cut processed items based on the potential contamination of Salmonella. The same company was involved in an earlier recall back in May of bagged processed salads. Items involved in the recall are Gourmet Fruit Salad and Mango & Cucumber Salsa. Consumers who have purchases this product should not consume it and are urged to return it to the place of purchase or destroy the product. 

If you want to apply for the USDA program that helps you with the costs of being certified as an organic farmer or processor, you have about a month left to do it. Miles McEvoy, with USDA's National Organic Program, explaining that the Organic Certification Cost Share Program is run through the State Departments of Agriculture and that's where farmers and processors need to apply for the program. 

McEVOY: It’s all done through the state departments of agriculture so you have to contact your particular state department of agriculture and ask about the Organic Certification Cost Share Program. We have a list of the specific contacts on our website. You just do a search for National Organic Program Cost Share and you’ll come up with a list of contacts for each of the states.

Now with today’s Food Forethought, here’s Lacy Gray.

The air is turning cool in the evening now and the that means autumn isn’t far away. Fall is my favorite time of year for several reasons, not one of the least being that it is prime harvest time for many wonderful foods, including practically everyone’s favorites - apples. Some of my fondest memories from childhood are going with my grandparents to the closest apple orchard, which was about an hour up the road from our small hometown, to get the season’s first pick of Jonathan apples. Grandma usually got a bushel basket full so she could make all sorts of fresh baked goodies throughout the cold winter months, and Grandpa got a bushel just for eatin’. Thankfully, our family lives in one of the biggest apple producing states in the nation, so there’s no shortage of varieties to choose from when it comes to apple picking season. Strangely though, Jonathan apples are hard to find up in these neck of the woods. So I have learned to expand my apple tasting preferences, and now enjoy the many other varieties that are available, like Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Cameo, Braeburn - and the list goes on.

Thanks Lacy. That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network. 

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