La Niña appears to be arriving sooner than expected. One weather expert says the cold phase of tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperatures is occurring more rapidly than originally thought. Organizers of a government forecast model announced the model had accumulated an error that was skewing results for global sea surface temperatures. Correction of the error has led to the prediction that La Niña will fully develop by July, compared to the previous forecast that was calling for El Niño to continue through the summer.

FDA announced the final transportation rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. While not yet published in the Federal Register, the rule will go into effect 60 days after publication. The rule establishes requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to use sanitary practices to ensure food safety. The requirements do not apply to transportation by ship or air because of limitations in the law. The earliest compliance dates for some companies begin one year after final publication of the rule in the Federal Register.

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