House Urges EPA to Waive RFS

More than 150 House lawmakers and seven senators sent letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week, urging the agency to waive its renewal fuel standard (RFS) out of concern for economic harm from rising corn prices due to this summer’s drought, Inside EPA reports. The request echoes livestock groups’ recent petition to…

Hot Fuel Litigation Heats Up Again

Last week, class action claims against gasoline retailers were kept alive by a Kansas federal judge. The litigation alleged retailers sold gasoline without revealing or accounting for temperature expansion, refusing to reconsider a denial of the retailers’ motion to dismiss, said a Law360 report. “Defendants’ motion for reconsideration of motion to dismiss for lack of…

Global Food Crisis Looms

The ongoing drought in the Midwest will soon trigger a global food crisis, Bloomberg reports. In response, the International Food Policy Research Institute is asking the United States to stop its biofuel production because it uses 40% of its corn crop. “The major problem is policy,” said Shenggen Fan, the institute’s director-general, on Bloomberg Television.…

FDA Increases Tobacco Compliance Efforts

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is boosting its compliance inspections and making retailer compliance checks a priority. In recent years the agency has increased its number of inspectors from 1,218 in 2008 to 1,600 in 2011, and has conducted more than 91,000 retailer compliance checks on tobacco-related regulations. “FDA’s retailer compliance inspections are increasing…

USDA Tackles SNAP Fraud

Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon recently announced new strategies to further improve program integrity in SNAP and hold those misusing benefits accountable. The measures include tougher financial sanctions for the small number of retailers that defraud the program, as well as new requirements and tools for states to ensure benefits go solely to eligible individuals.…