The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) posted its interim final rule regarding the handling of retaliation complaints under the whistleblower provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Section 402 of the FSMA, which applies to an “entity engaged in the manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding, or importation of food” protects workers who report or testify about food safety concerns against retaliation and ensures food safety concerns raised by employees are taken seriously.      

Jason Resnick

In 2007, Scientific Certification Systems sponsored a Draft Trial Standard for Agricultural Sustainability through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  This Draft Trial Standard was hotly debated and viewed by many as unworkable.  In fairly short order, the Leonardo Group (a charitable organization that facilitates the development of national voluntary standards) announced the development of a multi-stakeholder process to develop a proposed National Standard for Agricultural Sustainability. 

Hank Giclas

California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer along with Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, all Democrats, introduced the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 today.   The bill provides congressional direction to federal agencies responsible for implementing federal regulations affecting operations of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the State Water Project (SWP).

Dennis Nuxoll

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