Japan has specific labeling requirements for products -- including fresh produce commodities -- that have been treated with post-harvest fungicides.  Japanese regulations require the name of the post-harvest fungicide to be identified at the point of sale (These regulations only apply to post-harvest treatment and not when a fungicide is applied prior to harvest).  Reports have indicated that these requirements have had a negative impact on U.S. fresh produce sales in Japan.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an organization known for its critical positions of the produce industry, released a new food database yesterday that places organic and conventional produce at the top of its scale that promotes increased daily consumption.   Rating over 80,000 foods on a scale of 1 to 10 -- with 1 being the best score -- organic and conventional fruits and vegetables received scores of 1 to 1.5, ranking them as one of the “best” foods for consumers.   According to their own press release, only about 18% of the 80,000 foods being evaluated received the “best” ranking.


 

Matt McInerney

According to the EPA, litigation which made the agency defendants in a lawsuit brought by the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides and others has been settled.  As the result of a stipulated injunction, the EPA is directed to reinstate a “no-spray” buffer zone to protect endangered or threatened Pacific salmon and steelhead.  The buffer zones apply to waters that support salmon in California, Oregon and Washington and are imposed on the following pesticides: carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion and methomyl.

Hank Giclas

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