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Judge strikes down USDA compost guidance, orders a do-over

An industry trade group representing California and Arizona produce growers isn’t happy with a recent federal court decision striking down government guidance for using composted municipal green waste on organic farms. In a statement released June 21, Western Growers of Irvine, CA, expressed disappointment in the June 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the Northern… Continue Reading

Petition Asks FDA to Ban 8 Synthetic Flavorings Now Considered GRAS

A 38-page petition was filed Wednesday with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for a total ban on eight synthetic flavorings that may currently be used in minute amounts in baked goods, candy and ice cream. Petition sponsors say the substances have been known to cause cancer in lab animals and should be subject… Continue Reading

FSMA Gets New Deadlines for Final Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reached a settlement with the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the Center for Environmental Health regarding the deadlines for publishing final rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The agreement extends and staggers the final rule deadlines beyond the June 2015 deadline set by the U.S. District Court of… Continue Reading

FDA’s Excuses to Court on Food Safety Rule Delays Are Unconvincing


The saga of the missing FDA food safety regulations continues with a new government filing in a lawsuit challenging FDA’s failure to promulgate regulations implementing three critical programs that Congress established in the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. As I noted in a previous posting, the three sets of regulations are currently bottled up… Continue Reading

FSMA Delay Spurs Curious Partnerships and Regulation Pleas

But these efforts are likely to have zero impact


In an industry traditionally anxious to be self policing and oppose regulation, the tide has turned. The first evidence of this was in 2006 after the large E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to spinach, when the produce industry was seriously requesting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration develop regulations around fresh produce. Since then,… Continue Reading