AG/FDA Blog

NRDC Steps Up Fight Against GRAS Notices

By Mark L. Itzkoff In a recent blog post, we discussed the realignment among some public advocacy groups that resulted in several researchers moving from the Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  At the time,… Read More
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FDA Released its Proposed Animal Food Rule: What’s in it?

FDA published its proposed animal food rule, Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals, in the Federal Register yesterday. The proposed rule, which FDA promulgated pursuant to sect… Read More
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Eight Is Enough: EPA’s Dust and Feathers Discharge Argument Goes Down the Drain

In a decision with broad implications for production agriculture, a West Virginia federal judge concluded that Clean Water Act (CWA) permits are not required solely on the basis of dust, feathers and chicken litter from poultry barns that are washed… Read More
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Rambo Takes on American Agriculture

“The ecological and economic importance of the Chesapeake Bay is well documented….And yet, nutrient pollution and sedimentation remain a critical concern.” So says Judge Sylvia H. Rambo, U.S. District Court judge in Pennsylvania. Judge… Read More
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My Mobile Medical Application Will be Regulated by FDA…What Do I Do Now?

Recently, FDA finalized its guidance on Mobile Medical Applications (MMA), which is available here. The release of this guidance document lifted much of the regulatory uncertainty regarding which types of mobile apps FDA would and would not be active… Read More
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Ken Ackerman's Latest History: Abraham Lincoln's Spoiled Son

How hard was it for Robert Todd Lincoln-oldest son of the great president who won the Civil War, ended slavery, and today tops most polls as most admired leader in American history-to make a mark in life as anything except being his father’s so… Read More
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Citizen Suit Goes Down The Drain in Farm Tile Case

Farm tile drains are not a point-source of pollution under the Clean Water Act, even if the outflows contain contaminated groundwater.  So ruled Judge Kimberly J. Mueller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in dismissin… Read More
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Bienvenue Aux Etats-Unis!

With so many of our respected friends and colleagues furloughed, federal agency budgets decimated, or wholly dependent on user fees to operate, and so much important business on hold due to the intransigent federal budget showdown, it’s not surpri… Read More
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Universities Salute World Food Prize Commitment to Sound Science & Biotechnology

As I mentioned last week, a major coalition of farm, food and anti-hunger organizations joined 30 institutions of higher education in praising the World Food Prize Foundation for shining a spotlight on agricultural biotechnology with this year’… Read More
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Building the Relationship

In a time when there is an information vacuum, I would encourage all meat and poultry establishment operators to “build the relationship” with their FSIS inspection program personnel (IPP).  While these individuals have a specific job to perform… Read More
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