WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Constituent Update posted yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration commented on the Feb. 4 report from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy.
Since the report was posted, baby food companies such as Gerber have been hit with class-action lawsuits.
The FDA's response, which can be read in full here, highlights the following:
- How FDA regulations and monitoring help to ensure the safety of baby foods sold or manufactured in the United States.
- How when toxic elements in food present a potential health concern, the FDA takes steps to reduce levels, such as using science to set action levels, making data public, and working with industry on identifying effective mitigation strategies.
How the FDA is continuing to work to ensure both domestic and imported foods meet the same standards for toxic elements.
Plant City, Fla. — International grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, Wish Farms, announced that it has established a growing operation in Oxnard, Calif.
“This is a move that aligns well with our strategy of smart, controlled growth,” said James Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing.
With its first season in Oxnard underway, Wish Farms began harvesting strawberries mid-January and expects volume to flow into May.
Darwin Reich, director of California operations, said, “The Frontera will be our exclusive variety for Oxnard. Quality and volume has proven favorable and in-line with our expectations.”
With this addition, the company now has operations in the three major strawberry growing regions of California: Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard.