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WA Dairies in Violation of Environmental Protection Laws, Court Rules

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A summary judgment has been awarded to the plaintiffs in lawsuits against four industrial dairies in the Lower Yakima Valley of Washington state for violations of environmental protection laws. The Community Association for Restoration of the Environment (CARE) and Center for Food Safety (CFS) argued that the dairies’ leaking lagoons and over-applied manure cause nitrates… Continue Reading

Coalition Opposes Presidential ‘Fast Track’ to Trade Deal

Critics say TPP could lower food safety standards

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A coalition of House Democrats and environmental, labor, faith, food safety and other groups have intensified their opposition to a provision granting the president “fast track” authority to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress without amendments and with limited debate. TPP is the massive free trade agreement currently under negotiation between the U.S., Australia,… Continue Reading

Nonprofits Sue FDA Claiming Agency Hasn’t Proven Safety of Animal Growth Drug

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A trio of food safety and environmental advocacy groups Thursday filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saying the agency has not sufficiently proven that ractopamine, a drug fed to pigs, cattle and turkey, is safe for animals, humans who eat them, or the environment. Ractopamine, a beta-agonist, increases the rate at which… Continue Reading

GE Salmon Company Fined Over Permit Problems in Panama

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The government of Panama has revealed that, in July of this year, it levied a fine on AquaBounty Technologies, the Massachusetts-based company seeking government approval to bring the first genetically modified salmon to market in the U.S. AquaBounty apparently did not have the necessary water use and water discharge permits necessary for running its operations in… Continue Reading

Another Lawsuit Filed to Block EPA Approval of Enlist Duo Herbicide

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The Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenging the approval of Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo herbicide, a blend of 2,4-D and glyphosate. The suit was filed in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Beyond Pesticides, Center for Biological Diversity, Center… Continue Reading

Settlement Reached in GRAS Lawsuit Against FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to finalize its rule for the process of determining food substances as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). The decision is part of a settlement agreement with the Center for Food Safety (CFS), which sued the agency last February, seeking to vacate FDA’s 1997 proposed rule on GRAS. The… Continue Reading

EPA Approves Herbicide for Use on Dow’s GE Crops

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the registration of Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo herbicide, a new blend of 2,4-D and glyphosate. The product is intended for use on Dow’s Enlist genetically engineered corn and soybeans, which were approved by the Department of Agriculture last month. Dow stated in a press release that EPA’s decision… Continue Reading

Judge Dismisses Challenge to California Egg Law

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against a California law prohibiting the sale of eggs from hens kept in battery cages where they can’t move around or spread their wings. Six states had challenged California’s AB 1437 in February, claiming that it violated the Commerce and Supremacy Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The… Continue Reading

GRAS Concerns are Back in the Media Spotlight

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Quorn is getting some press coverage again after a Sunday Washington Post article laid out the Food and Drug Administration’s lack of oversight concerning the safety of food additives. Mycoprotein is a fungus-based meat substitute that is used in Quorn brand foods, and consumer advocates have compiled lists of the dangerous allergic reactions it can… Continue Reading

Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Fails to Shed Much Light on Food Safety Concerns

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Last week, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy leaked a draft chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. The chapter proposed by the European Commission in June concerns Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues with food safety and animal and plant health. “This leaked… Continue Reading