Reviewing soil amendments at UC Davis workshop

UC DacisThe Organic Center hosted a workshop in collaboration with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis Center for Food Safety, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, OTA, and University of Maine this week to examine specific research needs on animal-based soil amendments. The workshop brought together a diverse group of organic producers, industry members, compost and manure experts, and scientific experts. The workshop concluded with an evaluation of findings and prioritization of research needs for developing a full-scale research proposal to assess the efficacy of organic practices in mitigating food safety risk associated with the use of animal-based soil amendments. During the workshop, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the agency would soon publish a Federal Register notice announcing a comment period for its risk assessment approach to making a decision on appropriate wait time for manure over the next five years.

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