It is considered an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discriminate against an employee/applicant because of a conflict between the person’s religious belief or observance and any employment requirement unless providing the accommodation would result in an undue hardship.

Employers who receive religious based accommodation requests – including those made in response to vaccination mandates – must engage in a timely good faith interactive process and consider any available reasonable accommodation including:

Agricultural employers, like all employers, need a written Employee Handbook to protect their company from legal risks, create policies and procedures to guide employees and supervisors, and provide information about company benefits.

Teresa McQueen

In its annual Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program Report for FY 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shared that the  levels of pesticide residues in the U.S. food supply are generally in compliance with established standards, as they have over the past eight years.

The FDA tested for 812 pesticides and industrial chemicals across 4,692 samples, including domestic and imported fruits and vegetables The majority had pesticide residues below the limits set by the U.S. Environmental Production Agency.

Sonia Salas

On October 20, 2021, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) posted a Food Safety Alert for a Salmonella outbreak linked to onions. The CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) epidemiologic and traceback data shows that illnesses in this outbreak are linked to whole red, white and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico. Investigators are working to determine if other onions are linked to this outbreak.

Sonia Salas

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