The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of Food & Water Watch’s challenge to the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). Food & Water Watch, Inc. v. Vilsack, No. 15-5037 (D.C., order entered December 22, 2015). The organization argued that the NPIS did not comply with the Poultry Products Inspection Act and would increase the risk of foodborne illnesses resulting from contaminated poultry. The lower court found that Food & Water Watch leaders did not have standing to sue because they could not show that the increased risk and probability of harm was substantial. The appeals court  agreed, noting that the organization’s arguments ignored some provisions of the NPIS requiring more “offline” inspections, which could lower the risk of foodborne illness. Additional information about the lower court’s ruling appears in Issue 555 of this Update.