More Budget Cliffs – Get Ready for Weeks of Bungee Jumping

The fiscal cliff is behind us, or over us, depending on your point of view.  But with deadlines looming for extension of the debt limit, for avoiding the across-the-board cuts required by sequestration, and the need to extend the Continuing Resoluti… Read More
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Are These Substances “Natural?” Class Action Lawsuits Target Specific Ingredients

Consumer class action cases challenging “All Natural” or “100% Natural” claims on food labels are popping up about as fast as dandelions in springtime.  Such cases are typically brought under state consumer protection laws prohibiting, inter… Read More
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2012 in the Rear View Mirror

Now that that the Christmas stockings, Hanukkah menorahs and Kwanzaa harvest symbols have been put away until year end, and resolutions for 2013 have been written (and hopefully not broken yet!), it’s time for a little reflection.  What follows i… Read More
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Talking Agriculture to Democrats

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Look at a map of the 2012 election results by county and you quickly see the urban-rural divide in America. The vast swath of the heartland, much of the West and most of the South are red, while the u… Read More
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A Reality Check for Organic Food Dreamers

Modern farming methods offer the best hope to feed the world’s billions By John R. Block I grew up on a farm in Knox County, Ill., and I still farm the family land. We grow corn, soybeans and wheat, and we raise hogs. A generation ago, we lost… Read More
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What Should an Establishment Consider in Controlling Pathogenic STECs?

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) begins to conduct Food Safety Assessments (FSA) at beef slaughter establishments to verify controls for Pathogenic Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC), establishme… Read More
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GIPSA Investigation of Lamb Industry Could Be Tip of Iceberg

In October, at the request of a trade association representing sheep producers, eight Senators sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture requesting that the USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) investigate a rec… Read More
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FTC Releases Final COPPA Rule

Today, the FTC adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule to increase privacy protections and give greater parental control over the personal information that websites and online services may collect from… Read More
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New Bill would Authorize Voluntary “Carcinogen-Free” Labeling of Food and Consumer Goods

By Mark L. Itzkoff A new bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives last month could eventually result in new labeling for food and other consumer products.  H.R. 6601, The Carcinogen-Free Label Act of 2012 (CFLA) introduced last month… Read More
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Humane Society’s Middlegame: HSUS Files Complaint With USDA Inspector General Over Pork Board’s Use of Checkoff Dollars

It’s safe to say there is no love lost between the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).  HSUS is the so-called animal rights organization devoted to ending modern animal agriculture. The NPPC i… Read More
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