John Block: Down on the Farm

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I have been on the farm in Illinois the last few days. As we loaded a semi with market hogs and I walked through the barns with baby pigs, it made me think once again about the challenges farmers face. As I rep… Read More
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Variety May Be the Spice of Life, But Not as Much as the Food and Nutrition Service Would Like in the Food Stamp Program

Congress Bars FNS from Enforcing Portions of its Enhancing Retailer Standards in SNAP Final Rule Federal agencies are viewed by many as possessing immense power over regulated businesses.  This is especially true at the Food and Nutrition Service (… Read More
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Relocation of U.S. Codex Office Makes Sense

Food companies and industry trade associations have overwhelmingly supported a decision by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to move the U.S. Codex Office from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Office of the Undersecretary… Read More
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John Block: Opportunities and Challenges

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I have a number of subjects to put on the table today. To open this up, I want to remind everyone just how much our farm and ranch economy is suffering today. Farm income is expected to fall 7% to $60 billion t… Read More
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FDA Publishes 2017 Food Code

On February 12, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) released its most recent revision of the Food Code to reflect the current understanding of best practices in food safety. The Food Code is a mo… Read More
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Groundhog Day at the CPSC

In the 1993 classic movie, Groundhog Day, the protagonist is caught in a time loop and forced to repeat things over and over again.  This year, on February 2, the CPSC celebrated Groundhog Day by agreeing to settle a timeliness action brought agains… Read More
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Which Food Labeling Claims Put You Most at Risk of a Class Action Lawsuit?

Food labeling class actions — which food labeling claims put you most at risk of a lawsuit?  Popular claims regarding ingredient content or processing methods are often the most common targets for class actions.  Read the views of OFW Law, as… Read More
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John Block: Senator Bob Dole

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Today, my subject is Senator Bob Dole (Kansas). Two weeks ago, he received the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest award bestowed by the U.S. Congress. Very few individuals have been so honored. The Senato… Read More
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FDA Updates Some Recall Practices

FDA has released a draft guidance, “Public Warning and Notification of Recalls Under 21 CFR Part 7, Subpart C: Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff” (1/17/2018).  It essentially discloses FDA’s intent to accelerate the release of recall informa… Read More
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Analysis of FDA’s Nutrition Policy Priorities for 2018

The FDA recently released a “2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap” outlining (among other things) its nutrition-related policy priorities for the coming year.  In the Roadmap, FDA lists nutrition as one of its four top issues for this year. The Agency… Read More
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