AG/FDA Blog

Pandemic Costs

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. In recent weeks, the news has focused on the number of cases of Coronavirus and related deaths. We are aware of the large amount of money and support that our federal government has made available, but I’m no… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Tough Times

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. The food industry is trying to cope with serious supply chain problems. Coronavirus has forced dramatic change in our food production and distribution system. Restaurants and schools are closed. They did provid… Read More
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Categories: USDA

Tough Year

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Look back to when this year started – economists and ag experts were all predicting an increase in net farm income. We had a trade deal with China which would give a dramatic boost to grain and meat exports.… Read More
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Categories: USDA

John Dillard to Present Free Webinar on COVID-19 and Regulatory Changes Affecting the Food Industry

John G. Dillard, a principal at OFW. will be presenting a review of several federal agencies’ responses to the COVID-19 crisis that affect food producers and manufacturers. The webinar, “COVID-19: Regulatory Changes Impacting Food Production and… Read More
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Categories: FDA, USDA

Menu Labeling Flexibility for Covered Establishments During Pandemic

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guidance to chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments (“covered establishments”) that sell standard menu items covered under the menu labeling provisions of section 403(q)(5)(H) o… Read More
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Ag Industry

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. We keep reading that unless we increase farm production, we won’t be able to feed all the people in the world by 2050. One way to boost food production is to respond to higher prices. The market will tell us.… Read More
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Categories: USDA

FDA Publishes Draft Guidance For Sprout Seed Producers

Sprouts are associated with numerous foodborne illness outbreaks. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), more than 2,600 documented illnesses have been associated with consuming contaminated sprouts since 1996. Much of the challeng… Read More
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Issues of the Day

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block. Let’s begin with hemp. When I was a little boy, hemp was growing wild on the roadsides and ditches. It was harvested to make rope during World War II. It is a close relative of marijuana, but it is not the sa… Read More
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FDA’s Final Rule on Intentional Adulteration of Food: Public Meeting and Guidance

FDA has announced a public meeting to discuss its recent Draft Guidance for industry on the agency’s intentional adulteration of food regulation, promulgated under FSMA, i.e., “Mitigation Strategies to Protect Against Intentional Adulteration”… Read More
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Opinion: The Obesity Equation Calories in; Calories Out

During this Holiday Season, we all enjoy those extra calories and special desserts. It is part of giving thanks and enjoying family. There is no need to give that up, but let’s also keep an eye on the obesity equation. Food labeling regulations and… Read More
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