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January 17 2012


U.S. Bans Imports of 4 Invasive Snakes

The Interior Department acts after struggling for years to prevent nonnative constrictors from spreading and harming sensitive ecosystems.

September 09 2011


Guitars, a Federal Raid and a Jobs Speech

After federal investigators impound what they say is illegally imported wood, a company's chief executive gets a seat of honor in a joint congressional session in a swipe at President Obama.
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March 01 2011


Protecting the Lion From U.S. Predators

Noting that the United States is the leading importer of lions and lion parts, a coalition of groups seeks a federal listing on the endangered species list.

September 05 2009


ANVISA Proposes Ban on Endosulfan, Partial Ban on Acephate

Following up on its review of 12 pesticides banned or severely restricted in other nations, Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) is proposing a ban on the use in that country of the active ingredient endosulfan in pesticides used in growing cotton, cocoa, coffee, sugarcane and soybeans.   The proposal, released for public comment today, also [...]

August 26 2009


Brazil Bans Electronic Cigarettes

It looks like Brazilian authorities have concluded that the World Health Organization (WHO) is right about this product and its promotion. The National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) just announced a ban on the trade within, and import into, Brazil of  electronic smoking devices, sometimes called e-cigarettes, e-ciggy and e-cigar, among other monikers.  The ban particularly targets [...]
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