A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
REGULATORY: AMS, APHIS, EPA, FWS, NOAA
Agricultural Marketing Service
Proposed rule reopening the comment period on the April 28, 2015, proposed rule to amend the origin of livestock requirements for dairy animals under the USDA organic regulations. Info here.
Proposed rule to implement a recommendation from the Prune Marketing Committee to increase the assessment rate established for the 2020-21 and subsequent crop years. Info here.
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Notice advising the public that APHIS has prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with importation of fresh mango fruit from Colombia into the United States. Based on the analysis, APHIS has determined that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh mango fruit from Colombia. Info here.
Environmental Protection Agency
Final rule establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of sodium lauroyl sarcosinate when used as an inert ingredient in antimicrobial pesticide formulations applied to food-contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy-processing equipment, and food-processing equipment and utensils at an end-use concentration not to exceed 10,000 parts per million. Info here.
Final rule announcing the availability of EPA’s interim registration review decisions for the following chemicals: 2-Phenethyl propionate, ammonium bromide, Bacillus sphaericus, chloropicrin Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, Cuelure [2-butanone, 4 (4-acetyloxy)-acetate], cyazofamid, Extract of Reynoutria sachalinensis, fluroxypyr, flumethrin, glycolic acid and salts, iodine and iodophors, Methyl Anthranilate, momfluorothrin, oxamyl, pelargonic acid, salts and esters, phenmedipham, Phosphoric acid and its salts, pyridaben, Pythium oligandrum DV 74, Straight Chain Lepidopteran Pheromones, sethoxydim, tetraacetylethylenediamine (TAED), thymol, tralopyril, and triclosan. Info here.
Fish and Wildlife Service
Notice announcing the availability of the draft recovery plan for rufa red knot, a bird subspecies listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Info here.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Proposed rule proposing to set Atlantic bluefin tuna General category restricted-fishing days for the 2021 fishing year; clarify the regulations regarding applicability of RFDs to highly migratory species Charter/Headboat permitted vessels; and correct references to the Atlantic Tunas General category permit in a section of the Atlantic HMS regulations. Info here.