John Block: Back to Illinois

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week, I flew to Illinois – drove down to Springfield to attend Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair. Governor Bruce Rauner, State Senator Darin LaHood, and State Representative Don Moffitt led a crowd of 1,… Read More
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OFW’s Bruce Silverglade to Participate at FDLI Food Advertising and Litigation Conference

OFW Law’s Bruce Silverglade will be a featured speaker at that Food and Drug Law Institute’s annual “Food Advertising and Litigation” conference on September 24, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Silverglade will participate in a panel discus… Read More
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John Block: Raw Milk

By John R. Block “Got raw milk?  Well, don’t drink it! …Too many people are risking their health and the health of their children unnecessarily.” Those are the words of Dr. Richard Raymond, former U.S. Department of Agriculture… Read More
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Five Unresolved Questions the Food Industry Should Be Looking for Answers to in FDA's Final FSMA Regulations

It’s August, which in Washington means Congress recesses, the President and much of the bureaucracy go on vacation and the wheels of government move more slowly than usual. However, that slower pace is going to be short-lived for the food industry.… Read More
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FDA Drug Promotion Enforcement Update

It has been an interesting week from the perspective of an FDA drug promotion attorney. On the one hand, we have a federal district court expanding how drug companies can promote drugs; on the other, we have FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promot… Read More
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Whole Genome Sequencing Part 2: Regulatory and Public Health Uses

In Part 1 of this blog series, I went back to Genetics 101 to provide a brief crash course on whole genome sequencing (WGS).  Now that we better understand the technology, it is easier to understand how it can be utilized in the world of food safe… Read More
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Whole Genome Sequencing Part 1: What is It?

In the last few years, we have seen the regulatory agencies begin to utilize a new detection method that will ultimately be a game changer – whole genome sequencing (WGS).  Many of us may have heard of this technique related to cancer research and… Read More
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The Dietary Guidelines and Moderate Alcohol Consumption

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) have an opportunity to reiterate vital guidance on moderate drinking of alcoholic beverages with the coming new edition of Dietary Guidelines for… Read More
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The Agriculture Biotechnology Riddle

The debate over agriculture biotechnology (aka genetic engineering (GE), genetic modification (GM), and GM organisms (GMOs)) was front and center in July. First, the White House issued an Executive Memorandum (“the Memorandum”) entitled “Modern… Read More
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Declaring Small Amounts of Nutrients and Dietary Ingredients on Nutrition Labels

FDA has published Federal Register notice of a draft guidance document, entitled “FDA’s Policy on Declaring Small Amounts of Nutrients and Dietary Ingredients on Nutrition Labels: Guidance for Industry” (July 2015). Issuance of the draft guidan… Read More
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