A coalition of advocacy organizations has reportedly agreed to dismiss as
moot its lawsuit seeking an order requiring the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) to respond to its 2006 petition asking the agency to regulate products
containing nanomaterials. Information about the lawsuit appears in Issue 422
of this Update. The organizations, including Food and Water Watch and the
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, apparently indicated that while the
agency has rejected some of their key proposals, FDA has formally responded
to the petition. FDA has said that it will not regulate nanomaterials as new
substances, but will evaluate them based on their effects on foods, drugs and
cosmetics. See Capital Press, May 18, 2012.

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