The U.S. Department of Agriculture had the authority to mandate quarantine and eradication programs for the light brown apple moth, but its reasoning for doing so was in part "not based on sound science," according to a independent review by a scientific panel.


The report by the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council questions the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's predictions of the moth's potential spread and the level of economic damage it could cause to California and recommends the agency use "more robust science" to back up its claims.

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