AG/FDA Blog

Egg Carton Labeling Petitions Fail to Hatch

Egg cartons in the United States are not required by federal regulations to bear labels which identify the living conditions of the hens.  Two animal rights non-profit organizations and six individuals sought to change that by filing petitions with… 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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Salmonella in Raw Products – Can FSIS Request a Recall?

I am often asked whether or not the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) can request a recall for meat or poultry products merely because the products test positive for Salmonella.  The answer to that question today is no.  However, there are… Read More
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Hand Washing: A Simple Step

By Barbara J. Masters, D.V.M. How many of you have ever sat in a public location, such as the airport, and watched the number of people that enter the restroom talking on their cell phone?  Creepy, huh?  Not nearly as creepy as the same number of… Read More
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Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, Spring 2015

On behalf of the Agriculture practice group at OFW Law, here is a copy of our Spring newsletter.  We hope you find it useful.  To receive this periodic newsletter by e-mail, please contact Carrie Morgan at cmorgan@ofwlaw.com. Read More
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FSIS 2014 Annual Performance Plan

FSIS issued their 2014 Annual Performance Plan as a tool to document specific targets for 2014.  In reviewing the plan for FSIS, it is clear that there is one main target for this food safety regulatory agency: Salmonella. The plan contains eight … Read More
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Increased FDA Testing of Pet Foods May Provide More Support for the FSMA Proposed Rule on “Preventive Controls for Animal Food”

When I was growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania, my twin sister and I always savored the sweet feed that we fed to our horses.  We would also occasionally “chew on the oats,” but Sis and I never found our way to eating the dog or cat food.  Thi… Read More
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USDA-FSIS’ “Test and Hold” Policy

On February 8, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) policy on “Test and Hold” will go into effect.  This policy requires “official establishments and importers of record to maintai… Read More
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Updated FSIS Guideline Refocuses Attention on Listeria Control

By Brett T. Schwemer, as published in the October 2012 issue of The National Provisioner. This summer, the focus of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has clearly been on the control of Shiga-toxi… Read More
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