The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the creation of a new “aerospace aquatic products” category that would define aquatic products that meet or exceed the EPA’s aquatic products definition.
Aquatic products will be defined as products that “provide aquatic products with essential biological functions.”
Under the proposed definition, aquatic products are defined as: (1) substances or products that are derived from aquatic resources, such as the water, soil, sand, algae, fish, and fish eggs, and that are essential to the aquatic environment; and (2) aquatic products manufactured, sold, or distributed to consumers by persons engaged in activities designed to improve the aquatic resources of aquatic resources.
The EPA proposed the definition in August 2016 to address the current confusion over whether aquatic products were safe to consume, particularly with respect to trace metals, and whether certain aquatic products should be regulated.
The proposed aquatic products category has been in the works for several years and was originally proposed by the EPA in 2010.
In 2014, the EPA announced the creation and implementation of the National Aquatic Products Safety Board, an independent panel that would be responsible for regulating aquatic products.
Agency officials announced the agency’s intent to create the aquatic products safety board in September 2015.
In January 2018, the agency launched a public comment period for public comments on the proposed aquatic product safety board, which will be held from April 15 through April 27, 2019.
The proposal for the new aquatic products definitions was released in the Federal Register on January 24.
Among the questions that EPA is likely to answer in the aquatic product definitions is whether the definition of “essential biological functions” would include “biological activity that occurs outside of a natural environment,” such as in aquatic products produced in factories or laboratories.
It’s unclear whether the proposed definitions would include the use of aquatic products in the production of “natural” food products or the production, processing, and distribution of such foods.
But, in the EPA proposal, it does include the phrase “to be used to promote the welfare of aquatic animals and ecosystems.”
The proposed definition of aquatic product would also require that aquatic products meet a “conservation” standard.
According to the proposed federal definition, a conservation product is one that meets the definition above, but does not contain essential biological products.