AG/FDA Blog

Everyone has an Opinion on Unique Device Identification

When the comment period closed on November 7, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule on Unique Device Identification (“UDI”) generated a total of 221 comments by various stakeholders.  Although the FDA has come a long way sin… Read More
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Compounding, Again

The election is over, cabinet re-shuffling has begun, and hopefully you properly prepared and stored your food and avoided poisoning family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday.  As you can imagine, food preparation at a food and drug law firm… Read More
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An Idea for Barack Obama: Why Not Pick Sen. Dick Lugar as Secretary of State?

By Kenneth D. Ackerman, as published on The Huffington Post So, President Obama, you need a new Secretary of State to replace Hillary Clinton, but you don’t like any of the choices sitting on your desk? You think Susan Rice deserves it and wo… Read More
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Splish/Splash: No Original Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over EPA’s Water Transfer Rule

In a decision with potentially broad implications, the Eleventh Circuit recently concluded that it lacked original subject matter jurisdiction over petitions for review of an EPA rule which freed federal, state and municipal agencies from obtaining a… Read More
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Food Labeling Politics – What the Election Results May Mean for Your Company

The election is over and the current Administration will stay in the White House. Food labeling may not have been among the top issues on the minds of American voters.  But the election results will have an impact on food manufacturers, retailers, a… Read More
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Block Grants: Over Sold - Under Thought

By Marshall L. Matz and Roger R. Szemraj, as published in Agri-Pulse There has been a lot of discussion lately about converting various food assistance programs from their current status as entitlement programs into a block grant.   This is not… Read More
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Marcia Fudge, Member of House Ag Committee, to Chair Congressional Black Caucus

On November 14th, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) unanimously elected Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to serve as Chair during the 113th Congress.  Rep. Fudge is the first member of the House Agriculture Committee to serve as CBC chair. Th… Read More
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Can FDA Regulate Compounding? FDA Doesn’t Think So. . . But It Kind of Tried To

As the impact of the deadly meningitis outbreak grows, questions about FDA’s authority to regulate pharmacy compounding have arisen. New England Compounding Center Inc.’s (NECC) tainted, injectable steroid, methylprednisolone acetate, is now lin… Read More
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History Suggests Grand Bargain to Avert Fiscal Cliff

By Kenneth D. Ackerman, as published in Bloomberg News. The “fiscal cliff,” a combination of tax increases and severe spending cuts scheduled to kick in next year, is a product of multiple deceptions. Both the expiration date on the Bush-era tax… Read More
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BPA: The Press Rounds Up the Usual Suspects and Gets it Wrong

By Mark L. Itzkoff Over the past few months, articles have been published claiming possible links between bisphenol A (BPA) and a variety of human health problems including obesity, thyroid changes, and male infertility.  Many of the recent stor… Read More
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