The best approach to reducing incidences of foodborne illnesses in U.S. produce is prevention. From 1998 through 2008, 72 outbreaks involving contaminated produce were reported; crops involved included lettuce, tomatoes, green onions and cantaloupes.
The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) in California has a new enemy. Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have imported an invasive pest from Pakistan that preys solely on the ACP. A parasitic wasp called Tamarixia radiate has been released in southern California to help slow the spread of the ACP. A second kind of parasitic wasp may soon be released, pending U.S. Department of Agricutlure approval.
The bagrada bug population has been heavy this year in cole crops. Pest control advisers are still actively battling the bagrada bug in cole crops, especially in Bard, and the Gila and Yuma Valleys....More