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In Memoriam: Robert A. Hahn

Our dear colleague, partner and friend, Robert A. (Bob) Hahn passed away on April 20, 2016, at the age of 57.  Bob’s incredible intellect and exceptionally kind heart made him OFW Law’s gentle giant.  His quiet tenacity garnered him great resp… Read More
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FSMA Final Rules on Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs, and Third Party Certification Released by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released three more major final rules implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The final rules are: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consump… Read More
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Partially Hydrogenated Oils – GMA Petition to Allow Limited Uses Clears a Hurdle

FDA today announced that it has filed a petition submitted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) to amend the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in limited food applications. Readers m… Read More
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FDA Draft Guidance on Menu Labeling

This article was last updated on September 16 at 11 AM. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance document on its menu labeling rule.  Draft Guidance for Industry: A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishm… Read More
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2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report Mixes Science and Policy

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) submitted its report to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services last month and disbanded.  It is now up to the USDA and HHS to take the DGAC’s conclusions and recommendatio… Read More
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FDA Announces National Kick-Off Meeting on FSMA Implementation

FDA will hold a “National Kick-Off Meeting on Implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)” on April 23-24, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The agency has sent out a save-the-date notice to subscribers to its FSMA webpage, but the notice… Read More
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A Flurry of End-of-Year Activity from FDA on Food

In what seemed like a bit of end-of-year housekeeping, FDA issued a series of minor guidance documents, notices, and other regulatory paraphernalia related to food.  Coming in under the wire in 2014 were: A notice requesting nominations for non-vot… Read More
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FDA Announces New Surveys of Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Restaurants, Retail Food Stores, and Foodservice Institutions

FDA has published notices announcing that, over the next 10 years, it plans to conduct surveys on the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors in restaurants, retail food stores, and foodservice institutions (e.g., hospitals, schools). Pursuant t… Read More
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FDA Shares the Pain in Final Rules on Menu Labeling and Vending Machine Food Labeling

Citing the obesity epidemic and the fact that Americans consume about one-third of total calories in the form of foods prepared outside the home, FDA yesterday issued two sweeping  final rules on nutrition labeling of foods sold in chain restaurants… Read More
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FDA Tweaks Its Guidance on Food Facility Registration

FDA has released a revised guidance document on food facility registration: Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Sixth Edition).  The revised guidance adds only one new question and answer to the 34-page… Read More
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