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Jack Block: This and That August 2018

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Good news – ethanol exports are up 33% so far this year.  By year’s end, we should exceed last year’s record of 1.38 billion gallons. Turn to hogs – we have raised hogs on my farm all my life.  I know…

Intentional Adulteration Mitigation Strategies – Initial Draft Guidance

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act contained provisions aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply.  This was the first time tha…

FDA Announces Medical Device Quality System Regulation Change

FDA recently announced a potential massive overhaul to its Medical Device regulations.  Specifically, the agency intends to “harmonize and modernize” its medical device Quality System Regulation (21 C.F.R. Part 820) with an international consens…

FDA Maintains Focus on Nutrition to Foster Human Health

In a speech, entitled “Reducing the Burden of Chronic Disease,” delivered on March 29th by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb before the National Food Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., FDA kicked-off its Nutrition Innovation Strategy. …

Extension of Compliance Date for Revised Nutrition Labeling of Foods and Supplements

While generally expected for months (e.g., since the menu labeling compliance date extension) and recently the subject of a “tweet” from FDA Commissioner Gottlieb, the agency now officially has proposed to extend by about 1.5 years the compliance…

FDA Announces Intent to Extend the Compliance Date for New Nutrition Facts Rules

This morning, FDA’s Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling announced that it intends to extend the compliance date for the new Nutrition Facts requirements.  FDA’s announcement, which is included on its “Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label”…

Delay of FDA Menu Labeling Regulation Provides Blueprint for Modification of Nutrition Labeling Rules

The restaurant industry was bracing for FDA’s menu labeling regulation, requiring mandatory calorie disclosure on menus at chains that have 20 or more locations.  The final compliance date was coming up next week on May 5, 2017.  However, in a la…

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