Canada, Mexico Think U.S. Labeling Requirements are un-COOL

The United States has irked its neighbors with a meat labeling mandate that may have the effect of discriminating against Canadian and Mexican livestock.  The Canadian and Mexican governments believe that USDA’s new mandatory Country-of-Origin-Lab… Read More
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PEW Report’s Mischaracterization of GRAS Process Leads to Questionable Conclusions

By Mark L. Itzkoff As someone who has worked with numerous food companies on food additive and GRAS issues for 25 years, I read with interest the August 7, 2013, article, Conflicts of Interest in Approvals of Additives to Food Determined to Be Gener… Read More
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“Gluten-Free” Now Has an Official FDA Definition

FDA has published a final rule defining the term “gluten-free” for voluntary use in food labeling.  Food labels will have to comply with the new regulatory definition starting August 5, 2014, roughly ten years after Congress directed FDA to defi… Read More
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FDA Tells Food Importers How It Wants Them To Verify the Safety of the Foods They Import

FDA has published two proposed rules to implement to provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) related to the safety of imported foods. Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals Accredita… Read More
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Adverse Event Reporting for Medical Devices and the Law: Where Has FDA Gone Wrong?

On September 27, 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 3580, the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (“FDAAA”).  FDAAA both enhances and curtails FDA’s authority in many respects.  Specifically, FDAAA removes a r… Read More
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John Block Reports: How Lucky We Are

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on John Block Reports. August in Washington, D.C. – 100 degrees, 100 percent humidity…and I’m still grateful to be here. Have you seen the headline… Read More
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