New Leadership Sets New Direction at CPSC

Earlier this week, the United States Senate confirmed Peter Feldman to be a CPSC commissioner, to fill the seat vacated by Joe Mohorovic. Mr. Feldman’s term runs through 2019 and he also has been nominated for a full seven year term to begin therea…
Categories: CPSC

Bob Lighthizer

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Will President Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh be approved? We may know by the time you hear this radio commentary. I think he will. It would be a sad outcome if he is rejected. On another s…
Categories: USDA

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Updates Its SNAP Retailer Training Guide

Earlier this year, FNS updated its Training Guide for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailers. This 18 page booklet is required reading for owners and managers of the more than 260,000 groceries, convenience stores, chain drug stor…
Categories: USDA

This And That - September 2018

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Vladimir Putin of Russia wants to raise the age for his citizens to receive retirement benefits. That is what we should do to reform our Social Security retirement program. Russian citizens have been protesting…
Categories: USDA

Part 110 Lives Another Day

Yesterday FDA withdrew its directive to remove and reserve the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) for Human Food regulations found in 21 C.F.R. Part 110. This is not groundbreaking as the cGMP requirements in Part 110 were codified into Part…
Categories: FDA

Opinion: Africa Rising

In the two years since the last African agriculture forum in Ethiopia, the momentum has fundamentally changed. The pace of advancement has quickened significantly; the world has discovered that Africa is the future. That was sure the impression one…

Agriculture’s Message

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I wasn’t going to go down this road, but a CNN discussion and article that I have in front of me should not be ignored. Here is their criticism – they used internal e-mails from USDA that show “big food l…
Categories: USDA

Uncertainty

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The agriculture industry in the U.S. is dealing with a lot of uncertainty. Falling prices and trade wars top the list. We expect our exports to grow faster than our imports. However, for 3 years in a row, that…
Categories: USDA

Anson M. Keller (1936-2018)

Our dear colleague and friend, Anson M. Keller, passed away on September 2, 2018, at the age of 82. Anson’s incredible intellect and tenacious spirit made him a pillar of OFW Law’s litigation practice. Anson joined OFW Law as Counsel during 2009,…
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FDA Announces FY 19 User Fee Rates for Third Party Certification Program

Yesterday, FDA announced in the Federal Register, the Agency’s 2019 user fee rate for recognized accreditation bodies and accredited certification bodies, and the fee rate for accreditation bodies applying to be recognized in the third-party certif…

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