January 1, 1993 |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not responsible for $210 million lost by Chilean fruit growers when their products were banned during a cyanide scare in 1989, a federal judge has ruled. The scare began when anonymous callers to the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, claimed that fruit exported to the United States would be injected with cyanide. The FDA reported March 12, 1989, that it had found cyanide in two grapes taken from a ship docked in Philadelphia.
October 3, 1990 |
The Food and Drug Administration acted appropriately and within its legal authority in responding to the March, 1989, Chilean grape poisoning scare, the General Accounting Office has concluded in a draft report obtained Tuesday by The Times. The investigation was requested last year by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), who was concerned about the economic impact of the FDA's actions. The congressional watchdog agency's draft report was completed in August but has not yet been released by Helms' office.
August 6, 1990 |
Fruit Inspection Fee: Fifteen importers of Chilean fruit and vegetables sued Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors and the county agricultural commissioner, claiming that the companies are being charged an illegal mandatory inspection fee for some produce. The Los Angeles Superior Court case said the county last August approved an inspection fee of 3 1/2 cents per package on some imported fruits, nuts and vegetables to be sold in California.
April 3, 1989 |
Bo Mesing--only his banker knows him as John, he says--has been in the organic produce business for a decade. Last year, deciding to break fresh ground, he lined up eight farmers in Chile to grow organic cantaloupes to import through his new firm, Certified Organic. Once unloaded in Los Angeles, the fruit would be distributed by Rainbow Natural Foods, a Denver firm specializing in organic fruits and vegetables whose Los Angles operation Mesing manages.
March 31, 1989
Chilean police said that two cyanide-tainted grapes that prompted a five-day U.S. embargo on Chilean fruit were poisoned en route to or in the United States but not in Chile. Gen. Fernando Paredes, investigative police chief, said preliminary results of laboratory tests showed that grapes injected with cyanide in Chile would have rotted before reaching the United States. Authorities said full testing would take about a month. The U.S.
March 28, 1989 |
Fearing that some shoppers may shy away from the produce section altogether after the recent apple and grape scares, California grocers will unveil a major offensive today aimed at winning back consumer confidence in fresh fruits and vegetables. The effort is expected to include broader quality-control work, more food inspections and a stepped up program of food education for shoppers and produce workers.