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John Block: Bounty of Food

I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving this year. The celebration of Thanksgiving dates back to our ancestors who settled this country. They didn’t have any of the comforts that we take for granted today. They were just thankful to have a roof ov… Read More
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A Safe Thanksgiving

I am always amazed each Thanksgiving that my friends have questions on “cooking turkey.”  I am even more amazed that they ask me questions, because I have a solid reputation for not being able to cook anything!  That said, perhaps they ask… Read More
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A SNAP It's Not

By Marshall L. Matz with Molly O’Connor, as published by Agri-Pulse The food stamp program, currently called SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) has exploded in size and may now be the biggest hurdle to a farm bill.  As of… Read More
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FDA/CDRH Revamps Structure of its Office of Compliance

This past Monday (November 18), the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) launched a new webpage describing the revamped structure of its Office of Compliance (OC).  One of the stated goals of the reorganization is to better align OC… Read More
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John Block: Farm Bill Conflict

We don’t have a budget yet. We don’t have a farm bill. House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) hopes to have a draft bill by week’s end. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Ag Committee Chair, acknowledges there are a lot of differences to be… Read More
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Achievement Unlocked! Senate Passes Drug Quality and Security Act for a Safer, More Secure Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

In a time when internecine conflicts within the Congress and between the legislative and executive branch stymie so much important work, the easy passage of the bipartisan Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) (H.R. 3204) is cause for celebration.  H… Read More
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Anyone want to write a nonfiction book?

When OFW Law’s Ken Ackerman is not providing legal and government affairs representation to the agriculture industry, with a special focus on crop insurance and risk management, he is a prolific nonfiction history writer.  Ken’s published books… Read More
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Regulatory Mismanagement of Medical Foods?

FDA published in yesterday’s Federal Register notice of a 30 day (albeit 60 days had been requested) reopening of the comment period on its Draft Guidance for Industry: Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Foods; Second Edition, updated in Augu… Read More
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John Block: Down on the Farm

I was on the farm earlier in the week and I am now in Kansas City at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters convention. Harvesting our crop at the farm this fall has been so smooth. However, spring planting season was so difficult. It seemed t… Read More
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FSIS Rule Expanding Generic Label Approval Should Benefit Industry, but at What Cost?

Last week, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a final rule to significantly expand the categories of meat and poultry labels that may be generically approved without formally submitting them to FSIS for approval, as well as a La… Read More
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