/javascript" src="../static/js/analytics.js"> CalTrade Report - MEXICO LIFTS CALIFORNIA LETTUCE BAN CalTrade Report, California agriculture, California international, California lettuce, E. coli, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mexico, lettuce exports - MEXICO LIFTS CALIFORNIA LETTUCE BAN - CalTrade ReportAsia Quake Victims MEXICO CITY, Mexico – 10/20/06 – The weeks-old ban on California lettuce shipments to Mexico has been lifted after US Department of Agriculture tests for the E. coli bacteria proved negative; California is the country’s leading producer of lettuce with an estimated 70-75% of the total US production of iceberg lettuce and between 80-85% of the leaf lettuce. - MEXICO CITY, Mexico – 10/20/06 – The weeks-old ban on California lettuce shipments to Mexico has been lifted after US Department of Agriculture tests for the E. coli bacteria proved negative; California is the country’s leading producer of lettuce with an estimated 70-75% of the total US production of iceberg lettuce and between 80-85% of the leaf lettuce. - MEXICO LIFTS CALIFORNIA LETTUCE BAN CalTrade Report, California agriculture, California international, California lettuce, E. coli, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mexico, lettuce exports - MEXICO LIFTS CALIFORNIA LETTUCE BAN

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MEXICO LIFTS CALIFORNIA LETTUCE BAN

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – 10/20/06 – The Mexican government has said it will lift its weeks-old ban on lettuce imports from California.

The decision comes after the US Department of Agriculture reported that its tests on California-grown lettuce and the irrigation water used on the state’s lettuce fields for the E. coli bacteria had come back negative.
 
Earlier this month, Mexico had banned all lettuce imports from the US. The original ban was later narrowed to prohibit only shipments of lettuce grown in California.

The original decision came in reaction to a recall of more than 8,500 cartons of green leaf lettuce grown on a farm in California's Salinas Valley, after irrigation water tested positive for E. coli.

Mexico's Secretary of Health said the US Food and Drug Administration had reported that the five fields involved were no longer in use and their crops had been destroyed.

California is the country’s leading producer of lettuce with an estimated 70-75% of the total US production of iceberg lettuce and between 80-85% of the leaf lettuce.

E. coli can be found in both animal and human waste and can be transmitted to produce through contaminated water and inadequate hygiene on farms or in packing plants.

A recent outbreak of the bacteria found in spinach from the same agricultural region resulted in three deaths and more than 200 cases of infection around the country.

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NAPSTER ENTERS THE JAPANESE MARKET

LOS ANGELES – 10/16/06 – Napster, the digital music service provider, has entered the Japanese market with the introduction of a new subscription model that allows subscribers, who until now acquired digital music by paying for each track and album individually; currently, Japan is largest music market in the world outside of the US.


GUESS? IN NEW MEXICAN JV

SAN FRANCISCO – 09/29/06 – Fashion marketer Guess? has inked a manufacturing and marketing joint venture agreement with Mexico’s Grupo Axo; the Mexico City-based company will engage in the production, wholesale distribution and retail sale of Guess? fashion apparel, accessories and other related products throughout the country.


GOOGLE BELGIUM TAKEN TO COURT

BRUSSELS, Belgium – 09/20/06 – Internet search engine Google has been ordered to cease reproducing articles from French-language publications in the news sections of its Belgian website; the court order threatens the company with a fine of $1.3 million daily if it does not comply.


NEW OAKLAND INTERMODAL FACILITY PLANNED

OAKLAND – 09/11/06 – The 425-acre former Oakland Army Base will be converted into the Port of Oakland’s newest intermodal rail yard under the terms of an agreement reached between the port and several local and state government agencies; the planned OHIT – or Outer Harbor Intermodal Terminal – is expected to significantly reduce container transfer times, increase throughput, and reduce truck traffic in and around the port when completed within the next several years.


INTEL MAY LAYOFF THOUSANDS

SANTA CLARA – 09/04/06 – Chipmaker Intel is reportedly planning to announce a massive layoff within weeks that could eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs or one-tenth of the company’s total global workforce; the move was spurred by several financially disappointing quarters and the results of an internal corporate analysis conducted in April.



 



 


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