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Open Date Labeling Revisions for Food Appear To Be on the Horizon

Over 30 years ago, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) collaborated with the Association of Food and Drug Officials to establish an initial open dating regulation.  This regulation — now the Uniform Open Dating Regulation (U… Read More
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Final Menu Labeling Guidance Issues: Setting Effective Date for Menu Labeling Final Rule

FDA has published a Level 1 guidance document, entitled “A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods—Part II (Menu  Labeling Requirements in Accordance with 21 CFR 101.11).”  81 Fed. Reg. 27… Read More
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FDA Seeks Input on the Meaning of “Natural” for Foods -- First Impact of FDA Action Will Be on Class Action Cases

For over two decades, when assessing the propriety of a “natural”-type claim (e.g., “natural,” “all natural,” “100% natural,” “from nature,” “naturally grown,” or “naturally sourced”) made in food labeling, FDA has applied… Read More
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John Block: Meat - A Carcinogen

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Pick up the paper, turn on the TV, and someone pretending to know what they are talking about will be telling us what to eat and what not to eat. I remember 30 years ago when I was Secretary of Agriculture and… Read More
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OFW’s Bruce Silverglade to Participate at FDLI Food Advertising and Litigation Conference

OFW Law’s Bruce Silverglade will be a featured speaker at that Food and Drug Law Institute’s annual “Food Advertising and Litigation” conference on September 24, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Silverglade will participate in a panel discus… Read More
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House to Vote on GMO-Labeling Preemption Bill Tomorrow

On Thursday, the full U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1599, which is officially titled “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.” The bill (full text here) would establish a federal standard for when foods containing genet… Read More
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Added Sugars Labeling Proposal Dropped by Health Canada

Two billion dollars – that is what FDA estimates the food industry will spend to comply with proposed changes to the iconic “Nutrition Facts” label.  Part of that cost includes keeping records showing how much sugars companies add to processed… Read More
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Clearing Up Confusion: The Net Quantity of Contents Declaration on Food Labels

By Robert A. Hahn The FDA’s food labeling regulations include some traps for the unwary.  A few of those traps have to do with the net quantity of contents declaration. Here are a couple of points to keep in mind when declaring a food product’s… Read More
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Recapping Round 1 of the Vermont GMO-Labeling Lawsuit

By John G. Dillard Millions across the globe tuned into this weekend’s Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, which was billed as “the fight of the century.” However, the pay-per-view event was not the only high stakes fight to report on from last week… Read More
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The Vilsapp: Secretary Vilsack’s High Tech Solution to Labeling

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The March edition of the National Geographic Magazine, in its cover story entitled “The War on Science,” notes that “there’s no evidence that GMO’s are harmful to human health.” A recent P… Read More
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