AG/FDA Blog

USDA-FSIS’ “Test and Hold” Policy

On February 8, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) policy on “Test and Hold” will go into effect.  This policy requires “official establishments and importers of record to maintai… Read More
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Will the Pomegranate be the Bane or Savior of Food Advertisers?

By Bruce Silverglade, as published in Food Chemical News on January 25, 2013 POM Wonderful, LLC is treading where no food or beverage company has treaded before, at least not in recent memory. Bets are on that the company will soon be asking a U.… Read More
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OFW Law Attorneys Author Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Biotech Seeds Case

OFW Law attorneys Gary H. Baise, Stewart D. Fried and John G. Dillard have filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the American Soybean Association, 15 state soybean associations, the National Corn Growers Associati… Read More
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John Block Reports: FDA – Coming to a Farm Near You

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. Just last week, marking the second anniversary of Congress’s passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, FDA proposed comprehe… Read More
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HHS’s Updated Medical Privacy Rules Under HIPAA Could Be Susceptible to First Amendment Challenge

On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a long-awaited pre-publication copy of revisions to the federal medical privacy requirements commonly referred to as the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  The final rule, issued p… Read More
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A Victory for Farmers

USDA’s National Appeals Division Upholds Farm Service Agency’s “Finality Rule” By Kenneth D. Ackerman Recently, we at OFW Law had the chance to help two Connecticut farmers win rulings from USDA’s National Appeals Divisio… Read More
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FSMA Analysis, Webinar

OFW Law has prepared comprehensive memoranda on two major FDA proposed rules, which FDA has characterized as the cornerstones of the new food safety system created by the Food Safety Modernization Act: Proposed Rule under FSMA for Preventive Control… Read More
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FSMA Webinar

January 24, 2013 – 12pm ET Hazard Analysis & Preventive Controls for Human Food OFW Law and The Food Institute, the best “single source” for information about the food industry, will present a 90-minute webinar on Thursday,… Read More
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EPA and Environmental Groups Float Into Stormy Waters

By Stewart D. Fried and John G. Dillard In a pair of environmental cases involving stormwater, the Supreme Court and a federal district court have flushed away certain beliefs held by EPA and environmental groups regarding the regulation of pollut… Read More
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Former USDA Official Janie Hipp Joins OFW Law as Of Counsel

We are pleased to announce that Janie Hipp, Esq., formerly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), will be joining OFW Law as Of Counsel.  Hipp is a nationally recognized expert on Indian Law, with a focus on agriculture and energy po… Read More
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