Several consumer organizations, including the Center for Food Safety, Environmental Working Group and Natural Resources Defense Council, have filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit seeking a writ compelling the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address the groups’ administrative petition filed in December 2014. Breast Cancer Fund v. FDA, No. 16-70878 (9th Cir., petition filed March 31, 2016). FDA missed a June 2015 deadline to respond to the groups’ petition, which implored FDA to rescind food- contact approval for perchlorate, “an endocrine-disrupting chemical that interferes with the thyroid gland” used in food packaging.
“Perchlorate is primarily used in rocket fuel. There is no reason FDA should allow a chemical like this in or on food products,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety, said in a March 31, 2016, press release. “It is irresponsible, illegal, and indefensible for FDA to continue withholding a response to our petition when human health is at stake.”