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Environmentalists, Glyphosate and Butterflies

The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) has petitioned EPA to restrict the use of glyphosate herbicide to protect the dwindling population of the monarch butterfly. The petition states that the rapid adoption of glyphosate-resistant (Roundup Read… Read More
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FDA Proposes Major Changes to the “Nutrition Facts” Label – Price Tag $2 Billion

Two billion dollars – That is what FDA estimates the food industry will spend to comply with proposed changes to the iconic “Nutrition Facts” label.  That’s about all we know for sure.  The agency says the new information will provide $20-$… Read More
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A Consumer Group Files Suit to Vacate FDA’s GRAS Notification Program

By Mark L. Itzkoff In a formal challenge to FDA’s GRAS Notification Program, a consumer group called the Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit on Thursday alleging that FDA’s operation of the program under a proposed rule since 1997 and i… Read More
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FNS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Establishing Stronger Requirements for Local School Wellness Policies; Rule Also Proposes to Limit Marketing of Foods in Schools

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) today published its proposed rule regarding Local School Wellness Policy under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the proposed rule) in the Federal Register.    The proposed rule is a result of Section… Read More
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Wide-Reaching FDA Proposed Rule on Sanitary Transportation Could Have Greatest Impact on Food Carriers

On February 5, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register its proposed rule on “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food.”  The proposed rule would require shippers, carriers, and receivers that transp… Read More
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Nutrition Labeling – The Second Time Around

The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) was enacted in 1990 and the familiar “Nutrition Facts” panel became mandatory in 1994.  Now, twenty years later, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the list of nutrients, serving sizes, an… Read More
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Important Dates for FY 2015 House and Senate Appropriations Committees Announced

Even though the President has yet to submit his FY 2015 Budget Proposal, including his detailed requests for all agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have… Read More
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Deadlines for FSMA Final Rules Pushed Back

The court-ordered deadlines by which FDA is required to issue final rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been pushed back pursuant to a consent decree between FDA and two consumer groups. The two consumer groups, the Center for F… Read More
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Farm Bill Redefines Dairy and Trade Activities

By Nathan Fretz On February 7, the President signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the “Farm Bill”) into law.  Over a series of blog posts, we will focus on various provisions within the Farm Bill, with a particular focus on some of the provision… Read More
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OFW Law Celebrates National FFA Week

OFW Law is proud to represent and advise clients that are on the cutting edge of the food and agricultural industry. Our clients include the input suppliers, farmers and ranchers, food and meat processors, support services, and trade associations tha… Read More
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