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

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is expected to release a report in the next week or two discussing how California regulates fumigants and other critical crop protection tools. CIR has interviewed many stakeholders for this report ranging from farmers to organizations that want the state to ban or further limit fumigants and other essential pesticides.

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