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Cucumbers

Key Facts The top three countries that imported cucumbers to the United States in 2013 were Mexico (1,144,458,000 Ibs), Canada (215,028,000 lbs), and Honduras (65,244,000 lbs).  In 2012, the top cucumber-producing states, as reported by the United States Department of Agriculture, were Georgia and Florida, with 283.5 and 280.8 million pounds, respectively. There are three growing Read more

Dry Beans

Key Facts Dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)have historically been a staple food. They are widely consumed throughout the world and are rich in protein, fiber, and various micronutrients. The per capita consumption of beans in the U.S. is approximately 7.5 pounds – much less than in other countries – and pinto is the most popular variety. Read more

Eggs

Key Facts U.S. shell egg production totaled 7.96 billion as of June 2014, which is 3% percent higher than it was in 2013. It is estimated that for every 100 hens, 76 eggs are produced per day. Between 1998 and 2017, at least 354 egg-associated outbreaks were reported to CDC’s National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS), Read more

Flour

Key Facts Wheat flour is the product obtained by grinding whole wheat kernels, which consist of bran, germ, and endosperm components During the milling process, kernel components are separated and recombined to make different types of flour Flour can be enriched, fortified, bleached, or unbleached Wheat flour contains dietary fiber, B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, Read more

Fresh Beef Products

Key Facts Beef products are widely consumed and play an important role in the U.S. food system. Foodborne pathogens most commonly associated with beef products include STEC (shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli) and Salmonella; improper handling and cooking have been identified as key causes of foodborne illness associated with beef products. The U.S. cattle inventory (as of July Read more

Honey

Key Facts Honey is a nutritious substance commonly used as a sweetener in beverages, breakfast cereals, and baked goods, given it provides more moisture than other sweeteners. Since 2010, consumption of honey has increased, with the primary consumers of honey including older adults, households of Asian descent, and larger families. The commercial honey production supply Read more

Ice Cream

Key Facts Ice creams are dairy-based frozen foods usually consumed as snacks or desserts. Federal regulations or standards of identity stipulate that ice cream must contain a minimum of 10% milk fat and 20% total milk solids by weight. A school of thought opines that ice cream started as a luxury desert in the ancient Read more

Iceberg Lettuce

Key Facts Iceberg lettuce, also known as crisphead, has long been a popular type of lettuce sold in the United States. It is characterized by a tight head of crisp, light green leaves. A crispy texture and neutral taste has made iceberg lettuce a popular addition to salad mixes, as it counterbalances the bitterness of Read more