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Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, Fall 2015

On behalf of the Agriculture practice group at OFW Law, following is a copy of our Fall 2015 newsletter. We hope you find it useful. To receive this periodic newsletter by e-mail, please contact Carrie Morgan. Read More
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John Block: Raw Milk

By John R. Block “Got raw milk? Well, don’t drink it! …Too many people are risking their health and the health of their children unnecessarily.” Those are the words of Dr. Richard Raymond, former U.S. Department of Agriculture Und… Read More
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Whole Genome Sequencing Part 2: Regulatory and Public Health Uses

In Part 1 of this blog series, I went back to Genetics 101 to provide a brief crash course on whole genome sequencing (WGS). Now that we better understand the technology, it is easier to understand how it can be utilized in the world of food safety.… Read More
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Hand Washing: A Simple Step

By Barbara J. Masters, D.V.M. How many of you have ever sat in a public location, such as the airport, and watched the number of people that enter the restroom talking on their cell phone? Creepy, huh? Not nearly as creepy as the same number of peopl… Read More
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A Flurry of End-of-Year Activity from FDA on Food

In what seemed like a bit of end-of-year housekeeping, FDA issued a series of minor guidance documents, notices, and other regulatory paraphernalia related to food. Coming in under the wire in 2014 were: A notice requesting nominations for non-voting… Read More
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The Raw Milk Debate

Recently, with the ahead-of-print release of the Center’s for Disease Control’s (CDC) study, “Increased Outbreaks Associated with Nonpasteurized Milk, United States, 2007–2012” which will be published in January in the Emerging Infectious D… Read More
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Consumers are Misled About Organic Safety

By John R. Block, as published in the Des Moines Register Every day millions of shoppers are paying out as much as 50 or 100 percent more to buy organic foods for themselves and their families. I have friends who make these choices because they have… Read More
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Pontifications by Dr. Doom

As described by Dennis Johnson in his recent article from our Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, the current human illness rate for E. coli O157:H7 has not gone down as documented by the Centers for Disease Control and is, in fact, trending upwards. Thi… Read More
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Regulatory Round-Up Newsletter, Spring 2014

On behalf of OFW Law’s Agriculture practice group, here is a copy of our new newsletter. We hope you find it useful. To receive this periodic newsletter by e-mail, please contact Carrie Morgan at cmorgan@ofwlaw.com. Read More
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USDA-FSIS’ “Test and Hold” Policy

On February 8, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) policy on “Test and Hold” will go into effect. This policy requires “official establishments and importers of record to maintain… Read More
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