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Edward Farrell, Esq., Joins OFW Law

We are pleased to announce that Edward J. Farrell, Esq., an expert on international trade, customs and agriculture matters, has joined OFW Law as a Principal. Please click the announcement, below, to enlarge it. Read More
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FDA Restricts Nutrient Content Claims for Omega-3s

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule restricting the nutrient content claims that may be made for omega-3 fatty acids.  Specifically, FDA is prohibiting existing nutrient content claims for the two omega-3s found in fish oi… Read More
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Categories: EPA, FDA

Food Stamp Vendors Face Increased Eligibility Requirements and Oversight Following Implementation of Farm Bill’s SNAP Provisions

The 2014 Farm Bill contains several important provisions which will impact retail stores that participate in the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  The key changes for food stamp vendors incl… Read More
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Can EPA Regulate Animal Operations as Landfills?

Four Washington State dairies are the targets of environmental activists in lawsuits that could have far-reaching consequences for animal agriculture in the United States. In these cases, the environmentalists assert that the dairies’ manure storag… Read More
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FDA/ONC/FCC Health IT Report Signals Possible Deregulation of Certain Software Medical Devices

Has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened the door to deregulation of certain software medical devices?  Its recently issued Health IT Report seems to indicate so, and FDA is seeking comments on the report.  Now is the time to weigh in… Read More
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Steps to Prevent Allergen Recalls, Part Two – Another Practice Tip from Ms. Gloom

In Part One, we discussed using transparencies on the receiving dock as an easy way for personnel to quickly ascertain whether or not the incoming ingredient (at least its ingredient statement) was the same as your specification.  See our earlier bl… Read More
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FDA Regulation of Ackee Fruit Products

Ackee fruit is harvested from the ackee tree (Blighia sapida), which is native to West Africa, but is also found in Central and South America, many Caribbean countries, and southern Florida.  Ackee is an evergreen tree that grows about 10 meters tal… Read More
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NRDC Issues Report Critical of GRAS Self-Determinations and CSPI Joins in Criticism

By Mark L. Itzkoff On April 7, 2014, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) issued its latest report on GRAS self-determinations, entitled Generally Recognized as Secret: Chemicals Added to Food in the United States.  We previously reported o… Read More
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How to Decide When to Challenge GIPSA Enforcement Actions Under the Packers and Stockyards Act

Each year, the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) initiates over one-hundred enforcement actions against packers, dealers, market agencies, live poultry dealers and other regulated entities for alleged violations… Read More
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FDA Issues Guidance on Labeling of Honey

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance document on labeling of honey and honey products. According to FDA, “honey” is the common or usual name for “a thick, sweet, syrupy substance that bees make as food from the nec… Read More
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