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May 24th, 2022
Eastern Monarch Butterfly Population Up Slightly, Still Below Extinction Threshold
Eastern Monarch Butterfly Population Up Slightly, Still Below Extinction Threshold
WASHINGTON—The yearly count released today of Monarch butterflies that overwintered in Mexico continues to show imperilment for the migratory butterfly. This year's count of 2.84 hectares (7 acres) of
May 20th, 2022
Media Advisory: Public Oral Argument in Environmentalists' Appeal Seeking to Ensure Legal Protections for Imperiled California Bumble Bees
Media Advisory: Public Oral Argument in Environmentalists' Appeal Seeking to Ensure Legal Protections for Imperiled California Bumble Bees
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—On Monday, May 23, California's Third District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in conservation groups' legal appeal seeking to ensure California Endangered Species Act (CESA) pr
May 20th, 2022
FDA Allows Hormone-Disrupting Phthalates in Food Packaging
FDA Allows Hormone-Disrupting Phthalates in Food Packaging
WASHINGTON.D.C.— The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today denied petitions submitted by health and environmental advocates in 2016 to ban phthalates from food packaging and food production equipme
May 19th, 2022
CFS Calls on FDA to Nominate Deputy Commissioner of Foods, Take Urgent Action on Food Safety
WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf will be testifying at the House Committee on Appropriations hearing on FDA's budget for Fiscal Year 2023. The h
May 9th, 2022
Appeals Board Finds EPA Permit for First-Ever Industrial Aquaculture Facility in Federal Waters Violates Clean Water Act
Appeals Board Finds EPA Permit for First-Ever Industrial Aquaculture Facility in Federal Waters Violates Clean Water Act
SARASOTA, Fla.—Siding with Center for Food Safety (CFS) and allies in an appeal, last week the Environmental Appeals Board issued a decision that states the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA
May 4th, 2022
Florida Approves Risky Release of Billions of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in Scientifically Flawed Experiment
Florida Approves Risky Release of Billions of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in Scientifically Flawed Experiment
MONROE COUNTY, FLA — Overlooking potential public health risks, lingering scientific questions, and deficient public data; the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) approved
April 26th, 2022
Victory for Animals and Free Speech as U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Kansas Ag-Gag Law
Victory for Animals and Free Speech as U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Kansas Ag-Gag Law
WASHINGTON — In a major victory for animals, workers, and transparency in the animal agriculture industry, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Te
April 20th, 2022
Thousands of Californians Call on CalEPA to Halt Proposed Release of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes
Thousands of Californians Call on CalEPA to Halt Proposed Release of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Yesterday, Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Friends of the Earth U.S. (FOE) delivered 6,049 stakeholder comments to California Environmental Protection Agency's (CalEPA) Department
March 15th, 2022
Court Strikes Down Second Iowa Ag-Gag Law
Court Strikes Down Second Iowa Ag-Gag Law
DES MOINES, IA — Today the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa held unconstitutional Iowa's second Ag-Gag law, also known as Iowa Ag-Gag 2.0, holding that the law criminalizing under
March 10th, 2022
FDA Sued Over Failure to Release Documents Regarding Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon, Planned Ohio Production Facility
FDA Sued Over Failure to Release Documents Regarding Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon, Planned Ohio Production Facility
SAN FRANCISCO—Today, Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for unlawfully withholding records regarding FDA's en
March 7th, 2022
Planned Release of Genetically Engineered Mosquitos Ignores Science, Public Health and Environmental Risks
Planned Release of Genetically Engineered Mosquitos Ignores Science, Public Health and Environmental Risks
WASHINGTON—In defiance of science and public health concerns, today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the mass release of billions of experimental genetically engineered (GE) mosquito
March 7th, 2022
USDA to Undo Its Trump-Era Withdrawal of Organic Livestock Rule
USDA to Undo Its Trump-Era Withdrawal of Organic Livestock Rule
SAN FRANCISCO—Today, the U.S. Court of the Northern District of California allowed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reconsider its Trump-era withdrawal of animal welfare standards on farms
February 24th, 2022
Legal Petition Urges Biden Administration to Ban Toxic Agricultural Pesticides on National Wildlife Refuges
Legal Petition Urges Biden Administration to Ban Toxic Agricultural Pesticides on National Wildlife Refuges
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition today calling for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end the use of dangerous agricultural pesticid
February 23rd, 2022
BASF to Stop Selling Pesticide Trifludimoxazin Rather Than Continue Litigation
BASF to Stop Selling Pesticide Trifludimoxazin Rather Than Continue Litigation
SAN FRANCISCO—In response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety and Center for Biological Diversity, chemical giant BASF has agreed to stop the manufacture and sale of the pesticide triflud
February 10th, 2022
Groups Petition FDA to Regulate Novel, Potentially Hazardous Nanomaterials in Infant Formula
Groups Petition FDA to Regulate Novel, Potentially Hazardous Nanomaterials in Infant Formula
WASHINGTON—Yesterday, Center for Food Safety and International Center for Technology Assessment formally petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate nanomaterials in infant formula.
February 8th, 2022
Thousands Urge McDonald's to Follow Through on Cutting Antibiotic Use in Its Beef Supply
Thousands Urge McDonald's to Follow Through on Cutting Antibiotic Use in Its Beef Supply
CHICAGO—A broad coalition of public health, animal welfare and food safety groups sent McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski more than 25,000 petition signatures today urging the company to fulfill its 201