Jack Block: Trade and the Farm Bill

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I was on the farm in Illinois last week. I went into the coffee shop, talked to neighbors, and all the questions were about a trade war and the farm bill legislation. Almost everyone in the county is a Trump su… Read More
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FDA Announces Medical Device Quality System Regulation Change

FDA recently announced a potential massive overhaul to its Medical Device regulations.  Specifically, the agency intends to “harmonize and modernize” its medical device Quality System Regulation (21 C.F.R. Part 820) with an international consens… Read More
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Federal Crop Insurance AIPs: Some Misconceptions about Underwriting Gains

Debate over the 2018 Farm Bill, likely to start in earnest this week with House consideration of H.R. 2, may focus sharp attention on the question of whether taxpayer costs for Federal Crop Insurance are reasonable and supportable.  At least five am… Read More
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Selling Too Much Food Hot? SNAP-Authorized You’re Not!

Small grocery stores and specialty retail food stores that sell hot foods are facing an unprecedented threat to their businesses.  Not from competition or due to rising costs.  Instead, thousands of small fish and seafood markets in impoverished ur… Read More
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Jack Block: Down on the Farm

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I was wondering if spring would ever come. We had snow on the farm just 3 weeks ago. Suddenly, things changed. The sun came out, and it began to dry and warm the soil. I’m on the farm this week, and almost ov… Read More
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FDA Finalizes Nutrition Facts Compliance Date Extension by 1.5 Years

On May 4, 2018, the FDA issued its final rule extending the compliance date for the updated nutrition information on the labels of most conventional foods and dietary supplements. The final rule is consistent with FDA’s October 2, 2017 proposed rul… Read More
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Menu Labeling – Supplemental Guidance

On the same day that FDA’s menu labeling regulation became effective for compliance by industry, the agency published notice of the availability of its finalized Menu Labeling: Supplemental Guidance for Industry (May, 2018). This guidance is “sup… Read More
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Jack Block: Farmers Worry

Farmers, ranchers, and the whole ag industry have a lot to worry about. Start with farm income – our income has been cut in half over the last 3 or 4 years. There are some hopeful developments. The drought in Argentina and a production shortfall in… Read More
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Jack Block: North Korea

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block A few months ago, did we ever think that direct talks between President Trump and Kim Jong Un to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula could ever happen? Of course, it hasn’t happened yet, but… Read More
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Caffeine in Dietary Supplements

The Office of Dietary Supplement Programs within CFSAN at FDA has prepared and published guidance for industry, warning that powdered and liquid dietary supplements containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine may be deemed to be adulterated under… Read More
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