John Block Reports: Barack Hussein Obama – A Retrospective

Today, OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on his weekly radio broadcast: As we prepare to launch the Trump Administration, I thought it useful and appropriate to take a quick look back at ou… Read More
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Organic Reform

By Marshall Matz and Peter Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The House of Representatives’ Freedom Caucus lists the USDA National Organic Program as one that should be a high priority for reform under President-elect Donald Trump. We agree. T… Read More
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FDA’s Guidance on Added Sugars is as Thick as Molasses

FDA released a draft Guidance statement on how food companies should calculate the added sugar content in their products for the purposes of nutrition labeling.  Comments are due on March 6. Guidance documents are supposed to help simplify FDA regul… Read More
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Adverse Event Information Now Available Online for CFSAN-Regulated Products

FDA has begun posting online (and intends to update quarterly) information derived from adverse event reports the agency has received about conventional foods (including food/color additives), dietary supplements, and cosmetics.  This information is… Read More
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John Block: Priorities for 2017

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We know some people are not happy to see Donald Trump move into the White House. However, many others are very excited. Just go to rural America. Farmers, ranchers, and most red states cannot wait for President… Read More
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SNAP Wars: Scott Walker, Tom Vilsack and Drug Testing of SNAP Beneficiaries

For more than 20 years, Federal law has expressly provided that states may test welfare recipients for use of controlled substances free from interference of federal agencies. 21 U.S.C. §862(b).  Relying upon this Congressional enactment, Wisconsin… Read More
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FNS Agrees To (Finally) Start Publishing SNAP Retailer Final Agency Decisions

In a major victory for supermarkets, convenience stores, and other Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailers, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has finally agreed to start publishing its administrative Final Agency Decisions… Read More
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Up in Flames: Ninth Circuit Upholds Certification in “100% Natural” Wesson Oil Class Action

In a January 3, 2017, decision likely to have broad implications in food class action litigation, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a California federal district court judge’s decision certifying a consumer class action brought by purchas… Read More
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Long-Awaited Guidance Documents on Revised Nutrition Labeling Released in Draft by FDA

FDA has published two Federal Register notices (see here and here) announcing the availability of draft guidance documents that are intended to help address issues raised by the agency’s final rules (see here and here) amending Nutrition Facts and… Read More
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John Block: New Year 2017

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The new year is upon us.  2017, like any new year, presents many unknowns – perhaps even more this year.  I want to review where we are at today and look at where we may be going this year. Since Donald Trum… Read More
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