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To Fix FEMA’s National Flood Insurance, Take a Page From USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance (Part 1 of a 2 Part Series)

It will take months to calculate the damage Hurricanes Harvey and Irma unleashed on Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and other states this summer: lives lost, homes destroyed, businesses wrecked, property damage in the tens of billions of dollars.  But be… Read More
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Texas and Florida Farmers: Time to Face Crop Loss

It will take months to calculate the damage Hurricanes Harvey and Irma unleashed this summer on the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida: dozens of lost lives, hundreds of thousands of destroyed homes, tens of billions in property damage and untol… Read More
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Will the Trump Administration Align Compliance Dates for Nutrition Facts Update, GMO Labeling?

Several food industry groups hope so. The responsibility for implementing two major changes to food labeling requirements has fallen on the Trump Administration: Nutrition Facts Panel – On May 27, 2016, FDA published a final rule that will ove… Read More
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“Grandfathered” Dietary Ingredients – It’s About Time

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) was enacted in 1994 – almost a quarter century ago.  It amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) in a number of significant ways that set the stage for present marketin… Read More
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FDA Adds New Chapter on Heat Treatment to its Preventive Controls Guidance under FSMA

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the installment of Chapter Six to its “Draft Guidance for Industry: Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” (Draft Guidance). The Draft Guidance explains FDA’s c… Read More
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OFW Founder Rick Frank Named Agriculture Lawyer of the Year by Finance Monthly

Washington, DC – Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – OFW Law is pleased to announce that one of its founding principals, Richard L. Frank, has been recognized as the Agriculture Lawyer of the Year in the 2017 edition of the Finance Monthly Global Awards… Read More
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Saw Hearing Shows Need to Sharpen CPSC Regulatory Tools

Last week the CPSC held a hearing to address its pending proposed rule to require active injury mitigation (“AIM”) technology on table saws. In recent years, too often CPSC hearings have devolved into little more than theater, obviously intended… Read More
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NYC Menu Labeling Law – Enforceable?

NYC just announced that its revised calorie labeling rule for food service establishments will take effect on May 22, 2017, and will begin being enforced with notices of violation subject to fines on August 21, 2017.  This pre-dates the recently re-… Read More
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FDA Extends Menu Labeling Compliance Date One Year Consistent with Trump Administration Policy

FDA is again extending the compliance date for menu labeling – just days before the regulatory requirements of § 101.11 were to have become effective.  On May 4, 2017, the agency will publish an interim final rule that extends the compliance date… Read More
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Employment Law: Title VII Protects LGBTs From Discrimination, Says 7th Circuit

In a ground-breaking ruling this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled in an en banc opinion that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation.  In Hively v. Ivy Tech… Read More
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