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USDA Orders Periodic Testing Of Organic Food
2012-11-12 05:35:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In order to make sure that farmers are not using banned pesticides or genetically-modified organisms, organic food will be forced to undergo periodic residue testing starting in 2013, USDA officials have announced. The agency first implemented regulations governing organic food production 10 years ago, and since then, only a select few private and accredited firms have been responsible for testing the farms that grow such produce,...

orange juice and fresh oranges
2012-01-29 08:25:45

Nine shipments of orange juice originating from Brazil and Canada were detained on Friday after they tested positive for the illegal fungicide carbendazim, according to various media reports. The fungicide, which has not been approved for use on orange trees in the U.S., is commonly used in Brazil to combat blight blossom and black spot mold, according to Anna Yukhananov of Reuters. FDA testing revealed that none of the shipments tested positive for more than 52 parts per billion (ppb)...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.