November 23, 2018

Romaine Situation
     The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce.
This was an advisory issued by the CDC-- not a recall. No shipper or grower have been identified; nor has a specific romaine product  been identified.
Effective Wednesday, November 21st Seashore suspended shipping of ALL romaine and romaine products, including salad mixes that contain romaine.
To date, CDC has not issued any additional information. Click here for the advisory.

The "romaine situation" has placed extreme demand on other Lettuces, Greens, and Salad Blends industry-wide. The timing of this situation coinciding with the holiday weekend is unfortunate. Seashore is monitoring the situation and working closely with suppliers. The safety of you and your customers is our highest priority.
Please reach out to your account manager or Customer Service with questions.

Commodity Updates
Mexico's harvest has resumed after a prolonged strike. Supplies are very light; pricing is escalated. Fully ripened fruit is expected to be available in the next week or so.
Availability and quality are good.
Demand exceeds supply. California is winding down and r ecent cold weather in Yuma is stalling the growth process, creating a gap in supplies. Pricing has increased.

The romaine situation has resulted in extreme demand of other lettuces and salad blends. These markets will be very active for the next few weeks, minimum.
Supplies of California Navels are good; quality is excellent.
 Bartlett, Bosc, and Red Pears are coming out of California and Washington.
Quality has been excellent.
Mexico's harvest continues to be light due to the recent hurricanes, and colder temperatures. Quality is fair, and pricing is higher than normal. Roma and Grape Tomatoes the most
impacted; small rounds offer the best value.

The wildfires in Southern California have disrupted the Strawberry harvest, creating short supplies. Blackberries, Blueberries and Raspberries are better values.


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