AG/FDA Blog

How “Brexit” Will Impact Agriculture and Trade

Voters in the UK sent shockwaves rippling through the marketplace when they voted to leave the European Union. Markets don’t appreciate uncertainty and no one knows exactly how or when the “Brexit” will be executed or what trade environment wil… Read More
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CPSC: Let’s Play Penalty Roulette

Commissioner Mohorovic has just issued a thoughtful statement discussing the black hole that the Consumer Product Safety Commission calls its civil penalty policy. This statement follows another he filed this week discussing the $4.5 million penalty… Read More
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CPSC: Navigating an Unmarked Channel

Last week, Commissioners Buerkle and Mohorovic each issued a statement on a civil penalty settlement involving glass tumblers manufactured by Teavana. Each is a thoughtful statement and both should be read by anyone interested in how the Consumer Pro… Read More
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EU-US Regulatory Cooperation: Strides Made, but More Can Be Done

Earlier this week, the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center released a significant report, “International Regulatory Cooperation: Benefits, Limitations, and Best Practices.” This report builds on earlier work done by the Center… Read More
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CPSC Issues Record $15.45 Million Civil Penalty

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Gree Electric Appliances Inc., of Zhuhai, China; Hong Kong Gree Electric Appliances Sales Co. Ltd., of Hong Kong; and Gree USA Sales Ltd., of City of Industry, Calif., has agreed… Read More
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The Leap Year Effect at the CPSC

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord Leap year occurs every four years when an additional day is added to the calendar—February 29. This is a corrective measure to account for a lack of precision in the earth’s orbit around the sun. According t… Read More
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Take a Look at CPSC’s Regulatory Robot

Last week the CPSC’s Office of Small Business Ombudsman unveiled a new tool to help businesses marketing new consumer products navigate the complex CPSC regulatory landscape. This useful new tool is called the Regulatory Robot. The program asks sma… Read More
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Killer Coffee Mugs?! Really?!

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord Did anyone else notice CPSC’s recent recall of ceramic mugs? The agency is concerned about 4400 mugs with hairline cracks. The hazard is not that they could break and cut the user, or that there could be sanit… Read More
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Writing a Regulatory Punch List

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord Everyone needs to clean out the attic from time to time. Through that process, you often come across things that you want to keep, that need to be repaired in order to be useful and that are just out of date and… Read More
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Regulatory Reform Bills Could Improve Agency Rulemaking

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord, as published on The Hill’s Congress Blog The legislative agenda of the 114th Congress shows a growing concern that regulatory activities of both independent and executive branch agencies have pushed the e… Read More
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