USDA Today

By Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Today’s transportation and communication systems were totally unimaginable when the Wright brothers traveled to Kitty Hawk or Alexander Bell invented the telephone. The same can be said for agriculture… Read More
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ITC to Study Economic Effects of TPP, Invites Stakeholders to Participate

Following a request from the U.S. Trade Representative, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted an investigation, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors, under section 1… Read More
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John Block: TPP

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week, six former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture released a letter urging the Congress to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Support for passage is bipartisan and enthusiastic. Standing to… Read More
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FDA Seeks Input on the Meaning of “Natural” for Foods -- First Impact of FDA Action Will Be on Class Action Cases

For over two decades, when assessing the propriety of a “natural”-type claim (e.g., “natural,” “all natural,” “100% natural,” “from nature,” “naturally grown,” or “naturally sourced”) made in food labeling, FDA has applied… Read More
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John Block: 2015 Dietary Guidelines – Will They Be Credible?

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block USDA and HHS are close to issuing the 2015 version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines, issued every five years, must be based on “the preponderance of the scientific and medical knowledge… Read More
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GMO Regulatory Reform: The Way Forward

As we detailed in an earlier blog post, the White House issued a July 2nd executive memorandum on “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products.”  The memo directs the relevant federal agencies – FDA, USDA, and EPA – to upd… Read More
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FSMA Final Rules on Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs, and Third Party Certification Released by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released three more major final rules implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The final rules are: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consump… Read More
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Clarification of FDA’s Fortification Policy

FDA’s Fortification Policy is set forth at 21 C.F.R. § 104.20.  It essentially sets forth principles for the rational addition of nutrients to foods.  It provides: [FDA] does not encourage indiscriminate addition of nutrients to foods, nor does… Read More
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John Block: European Trade Deal

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement is sitting in Congress now. It was not an easy process to get the deal this far. If we can find the votes to pass it, it will be a big win for the American farmer.… Read More
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Killer Coffee Mugs?! Really?!

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord Did anyone else notice CPSC’s recent recall of ceramic mugs?  The agency is concerned about 4400 mugs with hairline cracks.  The hazard is not that they could break and cut the user, or that there could be… Read More
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