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Posted on 27 December 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Man Charged for Corruption in the Tomato Industry

By Vanessa Richins

Apparently, Randall Lee Rahal couldn’t sell tomatoes without resorting to illegal methods.

Charges–including racketeering, price fixing, bid rigging and contract allocation, and with money laundering– were filed against him on December 10th, 2008 in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento, California.

Rahal, the president of a New Jersey wholesale company named Intramark, worked as the sales broker for SK Foods in California, which sold processed tomato products.

The charges filed state that Rahal had the consent of the company to offer bribes to the food buyers so they would choose SK foods over the competitors. These bribes allowed SK Foods to Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 21 December 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Industry Trying to Climb Its Way Back

By Michelle Fabio

The economy isn’t looking good anywhere, but tomato growers are slowly getting back in the produce game after the several months-long salmonella scare earlier this year, according to an article in the Bradenton Herald in Florida.

Lower prices are encouraging consumers to come back to tomatoes, which is great for tomato growers, but now they have even more concerns, including food safety and new regulations mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) such as restrictions on soil fumigants that combat pests, diseases, and pathogens.

Tomato growers must also have a buffer zone between treated fields and home and schools.

How low are the prices going? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 03 January 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Trouble for Tomato Producers in Paraguay

ParaguayBy Michelle Fabio

For tomato growers in Paraguay, there really can be too much of a good thing.

Because of overproduction in its sector, tomato producers registered a loss of $25 million this past October.

Juan Martinez, president of the Paraguayan Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Producers, says that there are simply too many tomatoes being produced for Paraguay’s needs which has led to over 100 tons of tomatoes rotting every day in storage.

The problem is compounded, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 October 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Industry News

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tomato-news.JPGBy Amelia Tucker

If you are planning on becoming a mega-producer of tomatoes, you might want to think twice.

The industry is taking a big hit due to numerous reasons.

First of all Safety. Because of increased safety measures there is an increased cost for workers protective gear. The government is also cracking down on the amount of the gas, Methyl Bromide, a fumigant, that is available for the industry to use.
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