Koretoff v. Vilsack, 841 F. Supp.2d 1 (D.D.C. Cir. 2012)

(USDA’s interpretation of Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act (AMAA) reasonable in drafting the Salmonella Rule (requiring all almonds produced in the United States to be pasteurized or chemically treated to prevent salmonella outbreaks); the rule does not exceed the Secretary’s authority under the statutory Almond Order outgoing quality provision; USDA did not need to hold a hearing and producer referendum in enacting the Rule, so there was no procedural violation; USDA’s motion for summary judgment granted).

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