Aaron M. Phelps

Aaron M. Phelps

Varnum LLP

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Major Federal Food Safety Law Depends on Individual State Enforcement

In 2011, Congress approved the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in response to several deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. These outbreaks convinced legislators and food industry groups that the then-existing food...more

6/16/2016 - Farms FDA Food Contamination Food Manufacturers Food Safety FSMA Inspections Regulatory Standards Safety Precautions

Stabenow’s GMO Labeling Bill Could Serve as a Potential Congressional Compromise

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) plans to propose a GMO labeling bill after briefing groups from each side of the debate. Stabenow has shown her proposal to the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) whose...more

6/14/2016 - Food Labeling Food Manufacturers Food Safety GMO Proposed Legislation

Senate Agriculture Committee to Review GMO Labeling Bill

The Senate Agriculture Committee is in the process of moving forward with a GMO Labeling Bill. Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, released a discussion draft of the bill in February, and has the support of the American...more

3/22/2016 - Farm Bureau Farms Food Labeling Food Manufacturers Food Safety GMO USDA

New USDA Study Says COOL not Beneficial to American Consumers

Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is not economically beneficial to American consumers, according to a new report authored by a team of agricultural economists from Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. In...more

6/4/2015 - Country of Origin Department of Agriculture Food Labeling Food Manufacturers Grocery Stores Manufacturers Retailers USDA WTO

District Court Dismisses Country of Origin Labeling Lawsuit

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed the lawsuit filed by meatpackers and trade groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of a meat labeling...more

3/9/2015 - Country of Origin Dismissals Food Labeling Food Manufacturers USDA WTO

NASDA Supports National Uniform Labeling Policy for Genetically Modified Foods

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) passed a resolution to support a national uniform labeling policy for genetically modified foods (GMO). The purpose of this resolution is to have a uniform...more

3/3/2015 - Department of Agriculture Food Labeling Food Manufacturers GMO

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2014

In This Issue: - GAPPs Improve Michigan Food Processing - 30 Projects Announced to Support Michigan Specialty Crop Growers - Proposed Privacy Fences Around Michigan Apiaries - Great Lakes Ag-Tech...more

12/24/2014 - Economic Development Entrepreneurs Farms Food Manufacturers Immigration Reform Incubators

GAPP Improves Michigan Food Processing

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development recently adopted Generally Accepted Processing Practices ("GAPPs"), which serve to promote and grow a healthy food processing industry in Michigan. Functioning...more

12/22/2014 - Farms Food Manufacturers Food Safety Food Supply

House Subcommittee Questions Department of Labor’s Enforcement of “Hot Goods” Provision

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture recently held a hearing to address growing concerns that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is using the "hot goods" provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA)...more

9/29/2014 - Congressional Investigations & Hearings DOL Employer Liability Issues Farm Workers Farms FLSA Food Manufacturers Wage and Hour

$3 Million Dollar Strategic Growth Initiative Grant Program For Food And Ag Industry

The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development recently announced a Strategic Growth Initiative grant program to help Michigan's expanding food and agriculture industry. The $3 million dollar grant program, which is a...more

9/30/2013 - Department of Agriculture Food Manufacturers Rural Development

Small Scale Food Businesses Consider Whether Nutritional Labeling Is Worth The Investment

Most food manufacturers are required to label products with nutritional information, but those who aren’t required must decide whether to do it anyway....more

12/18/2012 - Food Manufacturers Nutrition Facts Labels

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