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FDA aflatoxin policy upheld.

FDA aflatoxin policy upheld

A June 17 ruling by the Supreme Court upholds Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules to regulate food "adulterants." The case involved aflatoxin, a potent poison produced by a mold, which naturally contaminates many crops. For such unavoidable contaminants, FDA has published either "tolerance levels," red-flag levels above which the agency might take action. Two public-interest groups sued FDA, charging that it violated the Federal Food, Drug adn Cosmetic Act by setting only an action level for the toxin, rather than a strict tolerance.

In an 8-to-1 decision, the high court ruled that the act's wording on this issue is grammatically open to different interpretations: one that makes establishing a tolerance level mandatory for any toxic adulterant, the other that puts creation of such a tolerance at the agency's discretion. And, the court said, "We find the FDA's interpretation of [the disputed clause] to be sufficiently rational to preclude a court from substituting its [or the plaintiffs'] judgments for that of the FDA."
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Title Annotation:Food and Drug Administration
Publication:Science News
Date:Jul 5, 1986
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