Who gets on the “Mt. Rushmore" of the produce industry?

02/17/2014 04:29:00 PM
Tom Karst

 The top retail story of interest is about a new technology by Philips that will allow in-store navigation by supermarket shoppers. 

 On the GPO website, the USDA has rejected a huge number of comments that wanted the agency to reclassify the light brown apple moth from a quarantine pest to a non-actionable, non-quarantine pest. Check out the document here:

 From the summary:

We are notifying the public of our decision to maintain our classification of the light brown apple moth (LBAM, Epiphyas postvittana [Walker]) as a quarantine pest. In making this decision, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) evaluated the possibility of and impact from reclassifying LBAM from an actionable, quarantine-significant pest to a non-actionable, non-quarantine pest. By maintaining a regulatory program for LBAM, APHIS is seeking to minimize the further spread of the moth in the United States and maintain foreign trade markets for our producers. This decision is based on our evaluation of data submitted by the two petitioners seeking the reclassification of LBAM, our analysis of other scientific data, and comments received from the public in response to our previous notice announcing the availability of our revised draft response to those petitions.

Did the USDA get this wrong? How costly will LBAM control be for California?

On the regulations.gov website, check out this comment from the Montana Farmers Union on the FDA’s food safety rules

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