A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
REGULATORY: APHIS, AMS, EPA, FWS,
ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE
Notice advising the public of its decision to concur with the World Organization for Animal Health’s (“OIE”) bovine spongiform encephalopathy (“BSE”) risk designations for Ecuador and Serbia. The OIE recognizes Ecuador as being of controlled risk for BSE and Serbia as being of negligible risk for BSE. Info here.
AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE
Notice announcing that the Agricultural Marketing Service is revising the 2021/2022 rates it will charge for voluntary grading services for tobacco. Revised rates are based on financial information obtained since the 2021/2022 rates were announced on April 21, 2021, and will be applied to all services provided since July 1, 2021, and thereafter. Info here.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Notice announcing the EPA’s receipt of an application 93167-EUP-2 from Oxitec, Ltd. requesting an amendment and extension to the experimental use permit for the OX5034 Aedes aegypti mosquitoes expressing tetracycline Trans-Activator Variant (tTAV-OX5034) protein. Info here.
Notice announcing that the EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. Info here.
Final rule announcing that this regulation establishes tolerances for residues of acequinocyl in or on tropical and subtropical, medium to large fruit, smooth, inedible peel subgroup 24B. The Interregional Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Info here.
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Final rule determined threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (“ESA”), as amended, for Bartram’s stonecrop (Graptopetalum bartramii), a plant known from Arizona and Mexico. FWS also issues a final rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the ESA that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of Bartram’s stonecrop. Info here.
Proposed rule announcing a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Peary caribou (Rangifer tarandus pearyi) and the Dolphin and Union caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus x peary) as endangered or threatened subspecies under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Both Peary caribou and Dolphin and Union caribou are native only to Canada. Info here.
Final rule announcing that FWS determine threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, for Bartram’s stonecrop (Graptopetalum bartramii), a plant known from Arizona and Mexico. FWS also issues a final rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of Bartram’s stonecrop. Info here.
LEGISLATIVE: Includes Illinois
SB 2007 amends the state’s Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act by changing provisions regarding cottage food operations, definitions, and compliance requirements. Info here.