The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a new food safety rule that will help prevent food contamination during transportation. Depending on the business size,  compliance dates begin as soon as one year after publication in the Federal Register. Under this rule, anyone transporting human and animal food—including shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers— must follow sanitary transportation procedures, such as properly refrigerating food, ensuring vehicles are sufficiently cleaned between loads and protecting food during transportation.

Stephanie Metzinger

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will be holding two workshops in April to gather input from stakeholders to help determine what notification is appropriate when field fumigation occurs. Western Growers has already and will continue to express serious concern with the direction DPR is headed on this issue. Western Growers’ members are encouraged to participate in these workshops, as DPR will use this input to develop a new regulation.

Stephanie Metzinger

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is in the process of updating restrictions and use limits for 1,3-D (e.g. Telone). For the last several years, DPR has undertaken an exhaustive scientific review of 1,3-D as part of DPR’s requirement to update conditions governing its use in California.

Stephanie Metzinger

In case you missed it, on Monday, Western Growers launched a digital media campaign aimed at intensifying awareness among urban Californians about the water being lost to the sea this winter and the need for federal and state leaders to exert pressure on water system operators to capture and store those El Niño waters before they are lost.

With El Niño’s continuing to bless the state with rain and snow, the fish agencies in charge of regulating the Delta pumps must be challenged to immediately begin operating them at the maximum levels allowed under the Endangered Species Act.

Jeff Janas

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