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The Development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Begins

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced today that the first meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will be held on June 13, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. –… Read More
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John Block Reports: Bowman v. Monsanto—The Decision

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. In a remarkable 9-0 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Vernon  Bowman, an Indiana soybean farmer, violated Mons… Read More
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“Serving Facts” for Alcohol Beverages—FINALLY!

Yesterday, a 9-year effort by consumer and public health groups, and beer, wine and spirits maker Diageo, succeeded when a unit of the Treasury Department issued a ruling permitting voluntary Serving Facts labels for alcohol beverages. The Treasury… Read More
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USDA is Right on Carrageenan

Kudos to Secretary Vilsack and USDA for basing their regulatory decisions on sound science.  Another recent example is the Proposed Rule published on May 3rd that would re-list carrageenan as appropriate for use in organic food products.  The US… Read More
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Bowman v. Monsanto: Supreme Court Confirms That Soybeans Do Not Grow Themselves, Affirms Seed Biotech Patent Rights

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a patent holder’s rights in biotech seeds extend to subsequent generations of crops grown by farmers.  Widely viewed as a victory for biotech seed producers and American farmers, the Court… Read More
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New HHS Privacy Rule Conflicts With Congressional Support for Refill Reminder Programs

The Obama Administration (HHS’s Office for Civil Rights) promulgated its new HIPAA Privacy Rule ostensibly to strengthen consumers’ medical privacy rights.  The result, however, is likely to harm patients by restricting clinicians’ and pharmac… Read More
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First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley

Reviewed by Kenneth D. Ackerman, as published by the Washington Independent Review of Books History and public opinion rarely turn a kind face toward children of famous people. We usually just love to knock them down — a combination of jealousy,… Read More
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Warning: FDA Tightens Up Regulations for Tanning Beds

You have probably heard that on May 6, 2013, FDA issued a proposed rule requiring warning labels to be affixed to tanning beds.  It has been all over the news – FDA’s Center for Device and Radiological Health (CDRH) was like a moth to a tann… Read More
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Increased FDA Testing of Pet Foods May Provide More Support for the FSMA Proposed Rule on “Preventive Controls for Animal Food”

When I was growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania, my twin sister and I always savored the sweet feed that we fed to our horses.  We would also occasionally “chew on the oats,” but Sis and I never found our way to eating the dog or cat food.  Thi… Read More
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Data.gov Launches New Ag & Food Community

In conjunction with the opening of the G-8 Open Data for Agriculture conference on April 29, USDA Secretary Vilsack announced the newest “Community” on the government’s data access point data.gov: the Food, Agriculture and Rural Community.  Co… Read More
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