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Court orders FDA to complete food safety regulations

A federal court has denied Food and Drug Administration’s timeline for completing new food safety regulations and ordered the agency to finalize them by June 30, 2015, responding to a suit by the Center for Food Safety.

The U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California on Friday granted a motion by the CFS to force FDA to complete the regulations mandated in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, and set deadlines.

According to the CFS, the FDA “refused to submit meaningful deadlines, offering only ‘target timeframes’ well into 2016, which it argued it could unilaterally change.”

“This is a critical victory for consumers, farmers, and the public health,” said George Kimbrell, CFS senior attorney. “The court’s decision will ensure FDA cannot unduly delay these life-saving measures any longer, while also ensuring all interested parties have a meaningful say in their outcome.”