September 22, 1990 |
The Environmental Protection Agency, in a decision that could spark another serious trade battle between Europe and the United States, disclosed Friday that it will maintain a ban against imported wines that contain traces of a chemical fungicide. The ruling, which is expected to block imports of certain wines for at least another year, affects as much as 20% of all potential imports of French wine and lesser amounts of wine from Italy and Spain, U.S. health officials said.
April 3, 1990 |
The Environmental Protection Agency has refused to set an acceptable tolerance level for a fungicide sprayed on 100 million Granny Smith apples in California last year, meaning that about $10 million worth, now in cold storage, cannot be sold. The announcement by the federal environmental agency came more than five months after the Food and Drug Administration confiscated a shipment of the apples treated with the fungicide Bortran.
March 20, 1990 |
Two shipments of Asti Spumante have been barred from the United States since tests found that the wine contains a chemical not approved for use in this country. The Food and Drug Administration discovered the presence of the fungicide Procymidone during routine testing of the Italian wine earlier this month. It barred two shipments of Tosti, the second-best-selling Asti Spumante in the United States, from entering the country, a spokeswoman said.
December 2, 1989 |
After months of debate, the Environmental Protection Agency will move next week to sharply restrict a controversial class of fungicides used on many fruits and vegetables and linked in recent years to cancer in laboratory animals. Informed sources in the food industry and the environmental movement said EPA officials will seek to prohibit use of ethylene bisdithiocarbamates, or EBDCs, on tomatoes, potatoes and bananas, three of the crops on which they are most heavily used.
June 19, 1985
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a ban on using the fungicide Captan on food, five years after it began considering the idea, because the chemical produces tumors in mice and rats. Captan residues on food "may pose an unreasonable risk to public health" if consumed over a lifetime, the agency said. Captan, made principally by Chevron Chemical Co. and Stauffer Chemical Co.