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    • What is Beef? Round TwoApril 20th, 2018

      As we previously reported, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) filed a Petition with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), asking that FSIS establish formal definitions of “meat” and “beef” that exclude what petitioners call lab grown meat and products prepared from plant or …

    • The Food Labeling Modernization Act Is Back Again…April 12th, 2018

      On April 2, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. introduced the Food Labeling Modernization Act (FLMA) of 2018, an updated version of the FLMA of 2015. As we previously reported, the FLMA of 2015 was an updated version of the FLMA of 2013. The FLMA of 2018 differs …

    • Got Skim Milk? Dairy Farmer Sues FDA Over its Skim Milk RequirementsApril 10th, 2018

      On April 5, 2018, the Institute for Justice (IJ), on behalf of South Mountain Creamery (South Mountain), filed a complaint against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, stating that the Agency is violating …

    • Second Circuit Affirms Preemptive Effect of Organic Food Production Act; a Clear Case of Conflict PreemptionApril 4th, 2018

      For anyone not familiar with the legal framework governing “organic” claims, first a brief summary. The Organic Food Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) established a process for organic certification by the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service, National Organic Program (NOP). Under the …

    • The Wait is Over: USDA Withdraws the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices RuleMarch 21st, 2018

      On March 12, 2018, the USDA announced its decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule that was published on January 19, 2017. As previously discussed, the OLPP was essentially an animal welfare rule, establishing minimum indoor and outdoor space requirements for …

    • GAO Report Confirms the Obvious: Food Safety Has Been Driving the Bus at FDA’s FVM ProgramMarch 13th, 2018

      On March 5, 2018, GAO released to the public a report titled “Food Safety and Nutrition: FDA Can Build on Existing Efforts to Measure Progress and Implement Key Activities.” The report confirms that FDA’s Food and Veterinary Medicine (FVM) Program has been primarily preoccupied with …

    • FDA Issues Final Guidance on Dietary Fiber and Guidance Regarding Implementation of the 2016 Nutrition Labeling RulesMarch 2nd, 2018

      On March 1, 2018, FDA announced the release of several guidance documents: final guidance on Scientific Evaluation of the Evidence on the Beneficial Physiological Effects of Isolated or Synthetic Non-digestible Carbohydrates Submitted as Citizen Petition; final guidance on Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed: List of Products …

    • FSIS Proposes Egg Products HACCP Rule That Expands JurisdictionFebruary 19th, 2018

      On February 13, 2018, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a proposed rule that would amend the egg products inspection regulations. The proposal had been announced on January 9, 2018. The 48-page proposal (including the preamble) covers more than a change in …

    • Traditional vs Clean Meat: Cattlemen Ring the Bell for Round 1February 15th, 2018

      Clean or cultured meat are terms used for animal muscle produced by growing cells directly rather than via the rearing and slaughtering of an animal. The idea of growing meat (or muscle) from cells outside the body (in vitro) to produce a product that replicates …

    • A Heavy Homework Assignment for Food Importers and ProducersFebruary 14th, 2018

      Barely a week apart, FDA announced the publication of a slew of guidance documents intended to further implement the food supply chain-related provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  In this posting, we look at the first set of documents, published on January 24. …

    • USDA and FDA Announce Intent to Improve and Increase Coordination and CollaborationFebruary 5th, 2018

      On January 30, 2018, Dr. Gottlieb of FDA and Secretary Perdue of the USDA announced that they had signed a formal agreement to make the coordination and collaboration between the two agencies more efficient and effective. The USDA has jurisdiction over most meat, poultry, catfish, and …

    • Historic Food Poisoning Prison Sentences Will StandFebruary 1st, 2018

      Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed prison sentences for Stewart and Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson, formerly of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). If you missed our earlier coverage of this historic case (here and here), PCA was …

    • Now Hear This: FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Public Warning and Notification of RecallsJanuary 29th, 2018

      FDA issued a draft guidance that addresses public warning and notification of recalls under the agency’s recall regulation at 21 CFR part 7, subpart C (see here and here).  Although the draft guidance extends to recalls of nearly all FDA-regulated products, it is of particular importance …

    • FTC Staff Publishes Guidance for Multi-Level MarketersJanuary 17th, 2018

      On January 4, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the release of a new guidance by FTC staff concerning Multi-Level Marketing (MLM). The guidance, in the form of questions and answers, addresses issues relevant for businesses evaluating their compliance with the FTC Act. Multi-level marketing is …

    • AMS Determines that the Organic Food Production Act does not Authorize AMS to Regulate Animal Welfare beyond Health Care PracticesDecember 20th, 2017

      As discussed previously, the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule has a somewhat tortured history. The rule was finalized at the end of the Obama administration. Since then, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has delayed the effective date of the rule several times, most …

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