AG/FDA Blog

Delay of FDA Menu Labeling Regulation Provides Blueprint for Modification of Nutrition Labeling Rules

The restaurant industry was bracing for FDA’s menu labeling regulation, requiring mandatory calorie disclosure on menus at chains that have 20 or more locations.  The final compliance date was coming up next week on May 5, 2017.  However, in a la… Read More
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The Relatively Unknown FSMA Rule – Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Rule

FSMA – The D.C. acronym for the Food Safety Modernization Act.  When I am working with clients or speaking with industry, everyone is familiar with FSMA.  But they think of FSMA as the Preventive Controls or Produce Safety Rules.  Some are also… Read More
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Regulatory Tools Depend on the Craftsmen Who Use Them

There has been a great deal of discussion, and in some circles hand-wringing, about President Trump’s regulatory reform initiatives and how they will impact independent agencies like the CPSC.  The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIR… Read More
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John Block: Trump Speaks

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block President Trump’s first major address to a joint session of Congress got a lot of attention. He told us what he is going to do. He reminded us what he has already done. He worked to sell his vision for the cou… Read More
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John Block: Regulations

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block President Trump is aggressively working to relieve the heavy burden of excessive regulations imposed on businesses in recent years.  Remember what President Reagan said about regulations:  “A government regu… Read More
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Biotech Regulations Must be Based on Facts, Not Fears

By Dr. Nina Fedoroff, as published in Agri-Pulse The Coordinated Framework (CF) for the Regulation of Biotechnology was first implemented 30 years ago. The CF was developed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). OSTP broug… Read More
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Pity the Poor APA: How President Trump has Crippled Federal Rulemaking in Ten Short Days

Views expressed in this post are intended as solely those of the author. Nothing is more boring than the Federal notice-and-comment rulemaking process under the Federal Administrative Procedures Act (APA).  It is dry, obscure, and complex.  Trust… Read More
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John Block: Perdue as Ag Secretary

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The news of the day is that Donald Trump is President. His critics are in shock. I say – “get over it.” He has tapped Governor Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture. Perdue grew up on a Georgia farm an… Read More
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USDA Guarantees Kosher and Halal Meat Can Be Organic, Too

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has assured the kosher and halal meat industries that the meat they produce with the well-known USDA Organic label can clearly qualify as organic, even though kosher and halal slaughter methods follow religious law… Read More
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Priebus' January 20 Memorandum on Regulatory Freeze Pending Review

A memorandum from the President’s Chief of Staff, dated Friday, January 20, but released this afternoon via the Federal Register, directs all departmental and agency heads to forestall regulatory actions.  Previous administrations, including t… Read More
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