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Mandated Labeling for Genetically Engineered Foods: Vermont’s Legislation Implicates the First Amendment

By Robert A. Hahn and John G. Dillard Note: OFW Law’s Bob Hahn and John Dillard recently authored a legal backgrounder on the First Amendment implications of Vermont’s new genetically engineered food labeling law for the Washington Legal Foun… Read More
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FDA Announces Public Meeting on Nutrition Labeling Proposed Rules

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a public meeting on June 26, 2014 to discuss its two pending proposed rules to update the Nutrition Facts label (and the Supplement Facts label for dietary supplements).  Those proposed rules are:… Read More
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Are You Prepared for An FSIS Compliance Visit?

Last month, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reissued seven Directives relating to FSIS surveillance, investigation and enforcement activities.  The Directives are available here. Together, these Directives provide a comprehensive set o… Read More
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FDA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rules on Nutrition Labeling

FDA has announced a 60-day extension of the comment period for two major proposed rules on nutrition labeling. The extended comment period will close on August 1, 2014. In March, FDA published two proposed rules on nutrition labeling: one a major ove… Read More
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Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Reports FY 2015 Bill Without Amendments--Discretionary Spending Allocation Lower than Amount Provided to House

The Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee also voted today by voice vote to approve its draft FY 2015 bill and report it to the full Senate Appropriations Committee.  The… Read More
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USDA Offers Guidance on “Made with Organic ___” Label Claims

The National Organic Program (NOP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued a final guidance document on “made with organic ___” labeling.  The guidance became effective on May 2, 2014. The guidan… Read More
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Fishy Fishy – MOU between FSIS and FDA to Improve Interagency Cooperation

There have been on-going questions regarding the regulatory oversight of catfish inspection.  To address this concern, the 2014 Farm Bill required the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create a M… Read More
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House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Reports FY 2015 Bill Without Any Amendments

The House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee today voted  by voice vote to approve its draft FY 2015 bill and report it to the full House Appropriations Committee.  The full… Read More
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For Drought-Hit Farmers, USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Can Help, But Only If You Understand the Rules

The severe drought that had plagued the American Southwest over the past three years – the worst in modern memory – has taken a toll on many local businesses, taxpayers, and homeowners, but among its worst casualties have been American fa… Read More
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FDA Explains How to Exempt an Ingredient from Allergen Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a draft guidance document explaining what information it is looking for in petitions and notifications to exempt ingredients from allergen labeling.  Comments on the draft guidance are due Septemb… Read More
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