Food Business News - Oct 03, 2006 - (Page 1)

FoodBusinessNews ® NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY October 3, 2006 Fallout from fresh spinach outbreak seen as severe PepsiCo acquires IZZE Glycemic Index confusion 29 Peltz elected to Heinz board 55 MARKET WATCH WASHINGTON - Ripple effects continued ers to not purchase or consume fresh spinach to spread through the fresh produce industry if they cannot verify it was grown in areas Continued on Page 15 last week as federal officials isolated the outbreak of E. coli O157: H7 to three counties in California: Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara. Spinach grown in the rest of the U.S. has not been implicated in the outbreak and producers from those regions are attempting to get their products back on the market. Rather than tell consumers not to eat fresh spinach, as they initially did, officials with the Food and A sign informing customers that fresh spinach has been removed is Drug Administration shown as customer Jeff Leider sorts through packaged salad mixes at are now telling consumMollie Stone's Tower Market in San Francisco on Sept. 15. Regular retail gasoline in cents per gallon Sept. 25, 2006 Preparing for the unthinkable 237.8 Aug. 7, 2006 Sept. 26, 2005 303.8 280.3 Source: Energy Information Administration Average U.S. gasoline price is down 66c per gallon since Aug. 7. Agroterrorism conference focuses on food defense KANSAS CITY - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Michael Johanns stressed there was no imminent threat to the U.S. food supply as he outlined what the U.S. Department of Agriculture has done to prepare for a possible agroterrorist attack in the United States. "Today we know we can no longer take our security and safety for granted," Mr. Johanns said at the second International Symposium on Agroterrorism, sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Heart of America Joint Terrorism Task Force last week. "We know of no current threat to our food supply," he said, "but we know there are people who want to harm us." Mr. Johanns outlined several steps the U.S.D.A. has taken or is in the process of taking in its agroterrorism strategy. Several of the steps involved activities the Department already was doing to prevent the accidental introduction of diseases into the country. The first step was to ensure comprehensive awareness of all threats, which included early detection and offshore pest and disease detection, he said. Those Continued on Page 23 THIS PHOTO COURTESY OF AP PHOTO/JEFF CHIU 12

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