AG/FDA Blog

John Block: Two Issues

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block “Trump’s Tax Plan Would Spur Growth” – that is the headline in a recent Wall Street Journal paper.  First, let me say that President Trump’s tax reform plan is not very specific.  I think that is goo… Read More
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2016 – Gone But Not Forgotten

Happy 2017, everyone!  2016 has come and gone.  Looking at 2016 in my rear-view mirror, here are a few matters that caught my personal attention. As food and drug lawyers and corporate execs in regulated companies know (or definitely should know!),… Read More
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FDA Extends Certain FSMA Compliance Dates

FDA has published seven foundational rules to implement FSMA, and compliance dates are quickly approaching: Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food Earliest compliance date: Septemb… Read More
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FDA’s Strategic Plan for Foods and Veterinary Medicine

The agency on July 14, 2016 published FDA Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program (FVM) – Strategic Plan — Fiscal Years 2016–2025.  This FVM Program outlines goals and objectives for the next 10 years: GOAL 1: Food Safety Hazards — Pro… Read More
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John Block: Down on the Farm

By John R. Block I was on the farm last week and early this week. My timing was right. I wanted to be there for the corn planting. We finished and started on soy beans. I have never seen the seeds go in the ground under better conditions. That rich,… Read More
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FDA DRAFT Guidance: “Ensuring Safety of Animal Feed Maintained and Fed On-Farm”

In earlier blogs, I have mentioned having horses and other animals while growing up on a small farm.  Even now, to my husband’s dismay, I have never outgrown being “horse crazy.”  But during all this time, I never remember being concerned abo… Read More
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Can EPA Regulate Animal Operations as Landfills?

Four Washington State dairies are the targets of environmental activists in lawsuits that could have far-reaching consequences for animal agriculture in the United States. In these cases, the environmentalists assert that the dairies’ manure storag… Read More
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FDA was Busy in 2013 and its Sleigh is Packed Heading into the New Year

While often rightly the subject of criticism for delay or inaction on important regulatory matters, FDA in late 2013 has been bustling.  The FDA, during the second Obama term, has been pursuing a very aggressive regulatory agenda.  In addition to t… Read More
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U.S. Farm Income

A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from earlier in the month revealed that national net farm income—a key indicator of U.S. farm well-being—is forecast at a record $131 billion in 2013, up 15% from last year, and about $13 billion a… Read More
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FDA Released its Proposed Animal Food Rule: What’s in it?

FDA published its proposed animal food rule, Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals, in the Federal Register yesterday. The proposed rule, which FDA promulgated pursuant to sect… Read More
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