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FDA Announces Two More Public Meetings on its Intentional Adulteration Proposed Rule

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will hold two additional public meetings on its proposed rule “Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration.”  79 Fed. Reg. 5353 (Jan. 31, 2014). On Decembe… Read More
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John Block: U.S. Corn and China's Bad Faith Collide

By John R. Block, as published in the Des Moines Register As complex as the world trading system has become, it still fundamentally relies on something as simple as trust — that nations and people will be as good as their word. Most basically, it… Read More
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RMA “Self Certification”: Can Federal Crop Insurance AIPs Rely on It In Defending Against Farmer Claims?

Federal crop insurance provided by USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) and participating private companies (Approved Insurance Providers or AIPs) is often described as a program based on “self-certification.”  Farmers annually rep… Read More
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OFW Law Wins Arbitration Decision Against Major Crop Insurance Company – Federal Agency Not Always Entitled to Deference in Interpretation of Its Rules

OFW Law recently prevailed in Arbitration on behalf of a farm producer against a major insurance provider under USDA’s Federal crop insurance program.  The case hinged on whether a foreign individual with an ownership interest several layers remov… Read More
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Consumers Union Testing Raises New Questions Re: Safety of Caramel Coloring

By Mark L. Itzkoff In an article published January 23, 2014, Caramel Color: The health risk that may be in your soda, Consumer Reports (CR) announced the results of analytical tests conducted on 81 cans and bottles of 12 different soft drinks.  The… Read More
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Wheat: The Staff of Life

By Marshall L. Matz with Molly O’Connor, as published in Agri-Pulse When the subject of agriculture comes up, the focus usually starts with corn. It is the price of corn or the genetic modification of corn, ethanol (food vs. fuel), trade or… Read More
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National Commission on Hunger

As a part of the 2014 Appropriations Bill, the Congress has created a National Commission on Hunger.   Section 743 of the new Bill establishes a National Commission on Hunger composed of ten (10) members to advise Congress and the Agriculture Secre… Read More
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Dietary Supplements: New Online Method Now Available for Reporting Serious Adverse Events

Industry may now use a new form, accessible on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Safety Reporting Portal, to satisfy requirements for reporting to HHS (including FDA and the National Institutes of Health) any serious adverse event… Read More
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John Block Reports: FDA 2014 - Busy Busy Busy

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. While often the subject of criticism for delay or inaction on important regulatory matters, FDA has been busy, busy, busy as we st… Read More
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2013 Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards Are Published by FDA

FDA earlier this month published the 2013 Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards, as well as a listing of the jurisdictions enrolled in the program.  The Retail Program Standards are intended to help reduce foodborne illnesses a… Read More
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