Hurricanes Affecting Crops, a Foie Gras Ban, and More Food News

September 21, 2017
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Hurricane Harvey Likely Ruined the Next 3 Years of Oyster Harvests in Coastal Texas
“Using a combination of dredges, patent tongs, side-scan sonar and divers, Texas’ Parks and Wildlife’s Coastal Fisheries Division (TPWD) has begun to assess the health of oyster beds in Galveston, Matagorda, San Antonio and Aransas bays following the deluge of freshwater caused by the storm.” – Undercurrent News

Hurricane Irma Wiped Out 50% of South Florida’s Citrus Crop
The hurricane knocked 50% of the fruit off the region's citrus trees, estimates Ron Hamel, executive vice president of the Gulf Citrus Growers Association. Statewide, he expects the losses to be in the same range, with at least half of this season's crop wiped out.” – USA Today

“Floodwater Pathogens Can’t Be Washed Off of Fresh Produce”
Don’t try to salvage that food. “’Fresh fruits and vegetables that have been inundated by flood waters cannot be adequately cleaned and should be destroyed,’ according to the FDA. ‘There is no practical method of reconditioning the edible portion of a crop that will provide a reasonable assurance of human food safety. Therefore, the FDA recommends that these crops be disposed of in a manner that ensures they are kept separate from crops that have not been flood damaged to avoid adulterating ‘clean’ crops.’ Floodwaters contain a cocktail of pathogens and parasites, including E. coli, Salmonella, typhoid and cholera.” -- Food Safety News

California’s Foie Gras Ban Upheld
The ban on selling foie gras in restaurants and stores in California will soon be restored. A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the California law banning the sale of foie gras and overturned an injunction on the ban that had been imposed by a U.S. district judge. – LA Times

A Hyper-Hyper Local Life in Pittsburgh
In the St. Clair neighborhood in Pittsburgh’s South Side–a community struggling with poverty and filled with vacant lots–it can be hard to attract new residents. A development in planning now will try something new to achieve that: a housing complex will come with its own 23-acre urban farm.” – Fast Company

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