The Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their final decision and order last week regarding EPA’s request for Bayer to cancel of all uses of flubendiamide, or Belt, in the United States. The EAB essentially upheld the decision of the EPA Administrative Law Judge supporting the cancellation of Belt without a hearing to challenge EPA’s decision.

Stephanie Metzinger

Due to recent Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) violations on several export shipments, Western Growers reminds members that while the U.S. may have established tolerances on a particular pesticide/fungicide, other countries’ threshold limits may be lower or non-established.

 Such violations will not only place the individual shipper on enhanced surveillance, but in many cases the importing country will increase the surveillance of the entire industry.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to not implement pesticide buffer zones around schools, parks, daycare centers or anywhere children might congregate was justified. The ruling was part of the Court’s decision to deny the petition filed by the Pesticide Action Network North America, United Farm Workers, and Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste in 2009 requesting that the EPA impose interim buffer zones around schools to protect children from pesticide drift.

Stephanie Metzinger

On June 21, 2016, The Produce News published an "article" titled "Equitable Food Initiative partners with industry to advance labor issues." The piece touts the Equitable Food Initiative as a "'one-stop-shop' certification covering labor, pest management, and food safety standards."

The story, which also contains a three-minute video of EFI executive director Peter O'Driscoll lauding the benefits of EFI, appears indistinguishable from an editorial or a news article. In reality, it is a paid advertisement.

Jeff Janas

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