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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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Phil Olsson and Rick Frank on 35 Years of Life at OFW

Phil: Rick, it’s hard to believe that 35 years have passed since we started this firm as a two-lawyer shop in 1979. Rick: It sure is. I remember working with you at the law firm I joined fresh out of the University of Michigan Law School, and which… Read More
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Ms. Gloom Wants to Know: Does Your Product Hold Program Really “Hold” When Needed?

Anyone who has been involved in the quality assurance and food safety side of the food business for any length of time knows that one of the top items on the list of those that will keep you awake at night is whether or not your product “hold” or… 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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Getting to the Roots of Listeria – A Practice Tip from Ms. Gloom

Dr. Doom discussed “getting to the roots” of issues to ensure the cause is eliminated in her recent article. This is the same approach that facilities need to use each and every time they have a positive finding of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), or… Read More
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Steps to Prevent Allergen Recalls, Part Two – Another Practice Tip from Ms. Gloom

In Part One, we discussed using transparencies on the receiving dock as an easy way for personnel to quickly ascertain whether or not the incoming ingredient (at least its ingredient statement) was the same as your specification. See our earlier blog… Read More
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Steps to Prevent Allergen Recalls – A Practice Tip from Ms. Gloom

Anyone who is remotely involved in the food arena knows that the number one reason for a recall of meat and poultry regulated under USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) or all other types of food regulated under the Food and Drug Admini… Read More
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Practical Tips From “Dr. Doom and Ms. Gloom”

Meet “Dr. Doom” and “Ms. Gloom” “Dr. Doom” Mixed in with the attorneys at OFW Law is the former USDA Food Safety Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Administrator, Dr. Barbara Masters. Dr. Masters is a veterinarian who spent eighteen years with… Read More
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FDA Released its Proposed Animal Food Rule: What’s in it?

FDA published its proposed animal food rule, Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals, in the Federal Register yesterday. The proposed rule, which FDA promulgated pursuant to sect… Read More
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Increased FDA Testing of Pet Foods May Provide More Support for the FSMA Proposed Rule on “Preventive Controls for Animal Food”

When I was growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania, my twin sister and I always savored the sweet feed that we fed to our horses. We would also occasionally “chew on the oats,” but Sis and I never found our way to eating the dog or cat food. This wa… Read More
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