Search Results Archives: September 2013

September 10, 2013

EPA Quietly Withdraws Two Proposed Chemical Safety Rules

From: Huffington Post/Politics

Kate Sheppard

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency this week quietly withdrew two draft rules dealing with the regulation of chemicals. The potential rules were in limbo at the Office of Management for several years.

One of the rules was a proposal to add Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical included in many water bottles and other plastic products that has been linked to a number of potential health concerns, to the list of “chemicals of concern” that would be subject to more scrutiny. The EPA also proposed listing eight different types of phthalates, another group of chemicals often used in plastic products, and several types of flame retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).

September 4, 2013

GAO: New USDA poultry inspection procedures are based on bad data

Editor’s Note:  For more on the significance of bad data, see Washington Post here.

From: The Washington Post

By Kimberly Kindy

The USDA has used incomplete and antiquated data in support of its plan to extend new poultry inspection procedures to plants across the country, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office scheduled for public release on Wednesday.

As a result, there are “questions about the validity” of the USDA’s conclusions that the procedures, now used by a limited number of poultry plants under a pilot program, are more effective than the traditional approach at reducing pathogens such as salmonella, the GAO found.