Sugar Labeling Proposal – FDA Not Too Sweet

In a highly surprising and most unusual decision, FDA on Monday denied a broad-based industry request for an extension for 90 days of the comment periods relating to FDA’s supplemental proposal on “added sugars.”  The proposal would establish… Read More
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E-Warranty Act Changes Landscape for Consumer Product Warranties

Consumer Product manufacturers that offer warranties should take note of new options available to them under the E-Warranty Act of 2015 (S. 1359, 114th Cong. § 3 (2015)), signed into law by President Obama on September 24, 2015.  The new law amends… Read More
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John Block: Farm vs. D.C.

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block There is nothing more exciting, exhilarating, or rewarding than bringing in the harvest. After a whole year of planning, buying seed, plant protection chemicals, working the soil, applying fertilizer and planti… Read More
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Regulatory Reform Bills Could Improve Agency Rulemaking

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord, as published on The Hill’s Congress Blog The legislative agenda of the 114th Congress shows a growing concern that regulatory activities of both independent and executive branch agencies have pushed the e… Read More
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Pets Are Us: Safety First

By Marshall Matz and Jolyda O. Swaim, as published in Agri-Pulse We love our pets! There are approximately 80 million dogs in the United States and a similar number of cats. More than half of all American households share their home with at least… Read More
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House Speaker John Boehner Announces Retirement, Ending Motion to Vacate the Chair

Today, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced to House Republicans that he is retiring from Congress at the end of October.  Boehner, now in his fifth year as Speaker of the House, faced a challenge no other House Speaker had faced in over a centur… Read More
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FDA Public Meeting/Webinar on FSMA Preventive Controls Final Rules (and Beyond)

FDA has scheduled a public meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., (Central), as a follow-up to its recent publication of final rules establishing preventive controls requirements for human and animal foods.  Th… Read More
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The Public Isn’t Buying What the CPSC Is Selling

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may want to help people sleep better at night, but their actions are more likely to keep people up or give them nightmares.  This past week the CPSC re-annou… Read More
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FDA Dockets Transparency To Be Enhanced

FDA has published a Federal Register Notice announcing a significant change in how it prospectively will handle public comments submitted on rulemakings and other docketed matters by individuals in their individual capacity. Since the adoption of the… Read More
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New York City Does It Again, Requiring a High Sodium Warning

  Just when you thought FDA menu labeling requirements were final and had preempted state and local laws, New York City’s (NYC) Board of Health approved on September 9 a new sodium warning label. The new law requires “covered establishments” (… Read More
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