December 24, 2015

Court rejects challenge to poultry inspection rules from N.C. doctor

A retired Rocky Mount, North Carolina, doctor who’s worried about food safety failed Tuesday in her challenge to revised U.S. Department of Agriculture poultry inspection rules. In a unanimous ruling closely watched by agribusiness and activists alike, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that Dr. Margaret E. Sowerwine and her allies with Food and Water Watch lacked the legal standing to sue. The ruling by what’s often called the nation’s second-highest court leaves intact the inspection revisions that Sowerwine claims threaten her health. Sowerwine’s fear, the court panel concluded, was insufficient reason to block the New Poultry Inspection System.  Read More
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