AG/FDA Blog

John Block: Organic Foods

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Before focusing on today’s ag issue, I want to pay tribute to Clayton Yeutter.  Clayton passed away Saturday, March 4 – age 86 – having served as U.S. Trade Ambassador and Secretary of Agriculture for Pre… Read More
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Organic Confusion

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Organic foods are “in.”  Analysts estimate that U.S. organic food sales have reached $35 billion, or over 4% of all the foods consumed at home.  While that means 96% of the foods we consume are… Read More
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USDA Offers Guidance on “Made with Organic ___” Label Claims

The National Organic Program (NOP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued a final guidance document on “made with organic ___” labeling.  The guidance became effective on May 2, 2014. The guidan… Read More
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USDA is Right on Carrageenan

Kudos to Secretary Vilsack and USDA for basing their regulatory decisions on sound science.  Another recent example is the Proposed Rule published on May 3rd that would re-list carrageenan as appropriate for use in organic food products.  The US… Read More
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California’s Prop 37 -- A Prop Too Far?

On election day, California voters will decide on another food labeling ballot initiative, one that is being watched intently by the food industry.  If it passes, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, popularly known as “Pr… Read More
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A Double Espresso Morning

It’s a busy day here and I’m wishing for an IV espresso drip and a neural Twitter implant.  I’m following the Federal Trade Commision (FTC) Pet Meds webcast and the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) Advertising and Promotion Workshop while my… Read More
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