John Block: Duarte vs. Big Government

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block You may have heard about the John Duarte wetlands case.  John Duarte, a California farmer, bought 450 acres in 2012.  He plowed and planted it to wheat.  The Army Corps of Engineers, the California Water Qua… Read More
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Nutrition Facts Update: Compliance Date Expected to be Delayed 18 Months

Last Thursday, at the Politico Policy Summit, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the new Nutrition Facts requirements compliance date will be pushed back one-year and, subsequently, announced via Twitter that the compliance date extension wil… Read More
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To Fix FEMA’s National Flood Insurance, Take a Page From USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance (Part 1 of a 2 Part Series)

It will take months to calculate the damage Hurricanes Harvey and Irma unleashed on Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and other states this summer: lives lost, homes destroyed, businesses wrecked, property damage in the tens of billions of dollars.  But be… Read More
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Texas and Florida Farmers: Time to Face Crop Loss

It will take months to calculate the damage Hurricanes Harvey and Irma unleashed this summer on the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida: dozens of lost lives, hundreds of thousands of destroyed homes, tens of billions in property damage and untol… Read More
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John Block: The To Do List

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block September is here.  Labor Day is behind us.  The To Do list in this town by the end of the month is a heavy lift.  First, we have disaster relief for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.  But we h… Read More
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Will the Trump Administration Align Compliance Dates for Nutrition Facts Update, GMO Labeling?

Several food industry groups hope so. The responsibility for implementing two major changes to food labeling requirements has fallen on the Trump Administration: Nutrition Facts Panel – On May 27, 2016, FDA published a final rule that will ove… Read More
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“Grandfathered” Dietary Ingredients – It’s About Time

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) was enacted in 1994 – almost a quarter century ago.  It amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) in a number of significant ways that set the stage for present marketin… Read More
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Medical Privacy Ramifications Of Hurricane Harvey – HHS Issues: Limited Waiver of HIPAA Privacy Rule Protections; and Bulletin Addressing HIPAA Rules in Emergency Situations

In response to the tragic fallout from Hurricane Harvey, an unprecedented storm that decimated the city of Houston and a large swath of the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public he… Read More
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FDA Adds New Chapter on Heat Treatment to its Preventive Controls Guidance under FSMA

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the installment of Chapter Six to its “Draft Guidance for Industry: Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” (Draft Guidance). The Draft Guidance explains FDA’s c… Read More
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OFW Founder Rick Frank Named Agriculture Lawyer of the Year by Finance Monthly

Washington, DC – Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – OFW Law is pleased to announce that one of its founding principals, Richard L. Frank, has been recognized as the Agriculture Lawyer of the Year in the 2017 edition of the Finance Monthly Global Awards… Read More
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