NIFA to Invest in Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced a competitive opportunity to conduct research on the environmental effects of genetically engineered (GE) organisms, including plants, animals, insects, and microorganisms. The $3.5 million in grants is available through NIFA’s Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program.

The BRAG program supports applied and fundamental research to help federal regulators evaluate the effects of GE organisms on their environment. Proposals are solicited to support standard research projects or conference proposals that bring together stakeholders to discuss and evaluate science-based data relevant to environmental risk assessments or risk management related to biotechnology-developed organisms. Continue reading

APHIS Seeks Public Comment on Three Draft Pest Risk Assessments for the Importation of Aquatic Plants

APHIS seeks public comment on three draft pest risk assessments (PRAs) for the importation of the following list of aquatic plants in approved growing media from Denmark into the continental United States and Alaska:

  • Micranthemum callitrchoides, and micranthemoides
  • Myriophyllum mattogrossensis
  • Pogostemon erectus, P. helferi, and stellatus

These PRAs were prepared in response to a request from the Danish Plant Directorate of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and will be available for comment for 30 days. Continue reading

EPA Finalizes Human Health Risk Assessment for Pesticide Used on Pets

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the human health risk assessment of tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP). TCVP is an organophosphate insecticide used to control fleas, ticks, and other pests on and around pets and livestock. It is used in residential products like pet collars.

Through the publication of the revised human health risk assessment and related documents, we are addressing a 2009 Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) petition. Continue reading

Draft Pest Risk Assessment Available for Review and Comment: Grape from India

The government of India has requested the U.S. allow grape (Vitis vinifera L.) to be imported into the continental United States. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has drafted a pathway-initiated risk assessment for this request. The comment period will close in 30 days.

If you would like to review the document or provide comments, refer to the Stakeholder Risk Assessment Consultation page at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/risk-assessment-consultation.

Draft Pest Risk Assessment Available for Review and Comment: Pepper Fruit from Egypt

The government of Egypt has requested the U.S. allow pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) to be imported into the continental United States. APHIS has drafted a pathway-initiated risk assessment for this request. The comment period will close in 30 days.

If you would like to review the document or provide comments, refer to the Stakeholder Risk Assessment Consultation page at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/risk-assessment-consultation.

Draft Pest Risk Assessment Review and Comment: Expansion Fresh Citrus Fruit From Australia

The government of Australia has requested the U.S. expand the areas in Australia from which citrus can be imported into the continental United States. Australian citrus from APHIS-approved areas of New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia has been imported into the United States for close to 20 years. APHIS has drafted a pathway-initiated risk assessment for this request.

The comment period will close in 30 days.

If you would like to review the document or provide comments, refer to the Stakeholder Risk Assessment Consultation page at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/risk-assessment-consultation.

EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment for Tetrachlorvinphos

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft human health risk assessment for tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP). TCVP is an organophosphate insecticide used in pet flea and tick collars, powders and sprays as well as an insect control treatment to livestock and their premises, in kennels, and outdoors as a perimeter treatment. Continue reading