March 21, 1989 |
Chile's fruit isn't the first to fall prey to sabotage. In 1978, a dozen Europeans in at least three countries became ill after eating Israeli oranges, lemons and grapefruit that had been tainted with mercury. A group of Palestinian extremists took responsibility for the poisoning, saying its goal was to "sabotage the Israeli economy." Europe responded by boycotting Israeli citrus for a time, dealing a heavy blow to that nation's fragile finances.
March 15, 1989 |
One afternoon nearly three years ago, in the midst of a nationwide Tylenol cyanide scare, Dr. Frank E. Young, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, could hardly control his wrath over the idea that someone would tamper with products purchased by American consumers. "This kind of terrorism is just like a burglary," he told a reporter. "In this case, the burglar burglarizes our trust. I get angry that someone would do this to us as citizens."
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.
March 24, 1989 |
The government of Chile and the World Bank have pledged financial backing to compensate for losses that resulted from the Bush Administration's five-day ban on Chilean fruit, officials representing Chilean exporters and U.S. importers announced Thursday.
March 18, 1989 |
The federal government's decision to temporarily ban imported Chilean fruit after the discovery of two cyanide-laced grapes was widely supported by the American public, according to a Times Poll. The survey asked 1,158 adults nationwide to evaluate the Food and Drug Administration's response to the tainted grapes found in a shipment in Philadelphia: Did it overreact or was the move a prudent exercise of caution? Sixty-eight percent of those questioned thought the government had acted prudently.
March 18, 1989 |
Federal officials on Friday strongly defended the method they have chosen to ensure that fruit imported from Chile is safe, saying that a random sampling of 5% of the grapes and berries should be enough to detect any poison. But many of the details of the inspection system must still be worked out and the fact remains that, even when the system finally is in place, 95% of the fruit will not be looked at by inspectors.