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FDA’s Proposed Guidance on Convening a GRAS Panel May Result in Higher Costs for GRAS Notifiers

Contributor: Mark L. Itzkoff Principal, The Law Office of Mark Itzkoff, mark@itzkofflaw.com On November 15, 2017, FDA released a proposed guidance document, Best Practices for Convening a GRAS Panel: Guidance for Industry.  The Guidance is, in part,… Read More
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John Block: Thanksgiving

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block We just celebrated another Thanksgiving. And we do have a lot to be thankful for. Our economy is roaring with GDP in the 3% range and near full employment. The best advantage that we have is that we don’t liv… Read More
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John Block: NAFTA

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Today, let’s talk about trade and tax reform. President Trump wants to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Congress is presenting a tax reform package. NAFTA is in the spotlight r… Read More
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FSMA Update: FDA Releases FSMA Compliance Deadlines Guide

FDA has released a helpful and user friendly Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance date webpage to assist farmers, manufacturers of food and food products, and other stakeholders.[1]  The webpage includes deadlines for the following rules:… Read More
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SNAP Retailers Beware: FNS Wants to Take Away Your SNAP Authorization

Virtually all grocery stores, convenience stores, and supermarkets sell hot foods.  Nearly all sell cold prepared foods as well.  Most of the more than 260,000 retail food stores authorized by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (“FNS”) to acce… Read More
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Bob Dole and Marshall Matz: Private Sector Distribution System is Missing Link in Food Security

By Senator Bob Dole and Marshall Matz, as published in The Des Moines Register The World Food Prize Foundation, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is again focusing attention on food security by honoring Dr. Akin Adesina, the president of the African Develo… Read More
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FDA Report on Food Code Adoption

As manufacturers of food products, it is significant to understand the food safety regulations for retailers and the food service industry, such as restaurants and grocery stores, and institutions, such as nursing homes. On October 4, 2017, FDA relea… Read More
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FDA Inspector General Report on Progress of FSMA Inspections

On September 28, 2017, the Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its internal report on the agency’s domestic food facility inspections: Challenges Remain in FDA’s Inspections of Domestic Food Fac… Read More
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Extension of Compliance Date for Revised Nutrition Labeling of Foods and Supplements

While generally expected for months (e.g., since the menu labeling compliance date extension) and recently the subject of a “tweet” from FDA Commissioner Gottlieb, the agency now officially has proposed to extend by about 1.5 years the compliance… Read More
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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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