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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 recommendations… Read More
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The Vilsapp: Secretary Vilsack’s High Tech Solution to Labeling

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The March edition of the National Geographic Magazine, in its cover story entitled “The War on Science,” notes that “there’s no evidence that GMO’s are harmful to human health.” A recent Pew… Read More
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Dietary Guidelines – Confused About Caffeine

The news wires have been buzzing lately about the recently released scientific report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. One of the hottest topics for discussion is how out of step the report is on a number of issues, including the Committ… Read More
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John Block Reports: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 Edition – Losing It’s Way on Sugars (Part II)

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block. There are a variety of disturbing questions surrounding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans now being drafted for release in 2015. The questions relate to… Read More
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John Block Reports: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 Edition – Losing It’s Way on Caffeine (Part I)

This week, OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block. There are a variety of disturbing questions surrounding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans now being drafted for release in 2015. The questions… Read More
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“Eat Your Fish,” Say FDA and EPA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have released draft updated advice on seafood consumption, Fish: What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know. The two agencies also published a Federal Register noti… Read More
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Wheat: The Staff of Life

By Marshall L. Matz with Molly O’Connor, as published in Agri-Pulse When the subject of agriculture comes up, the focus usually starts with corn. It is the price of corn or the genetic modification of corn, ethanol (food vs. fuel), trade or the… Read More
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The Development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Begins

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced today that the first meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will be held on June 13, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. –… Read More
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“Serving Facts” for Alcohol Beverages—FINALLY!

Yesterday, a 9-year effort by consumer and public health groups, and beer, wine and spirits maker Diageo, succeeded when a unit of the Treasury Department issued a ruling permitting voluntary Serving Facts labels for alcohol beverages. The Treasury… Read More
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School Nutrition Update

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse School nutrition is front and center these days. At the USDA Outlook Conference, Secretary Vilsack proudly pointed out the many improvements USDA has made to school nutrition programs as well as other n… Read More
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