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Phase I Of The Nutrient Recycling Challenge Competition Announced

On November 12, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other environmental and scientific experts to create the Nutrient Recycling...more

What Does “Natural” Mean To You? FDA Solicits Comments & Information On Use Of The Term On Food Labels As It Considers Rulemaking

While FDA action has been long anticipated, it comes as a surprise in light of the FDA’s conscious abstention on the term thus far. For example, despite publishing a proposed rule and soliciting comments on defining the term...more

FDA Requests Public Comment on How “Natural” Claims Should be Regulated; Opening 90-Day Comment Period

FDA is requesting public comment on how “natural” claims should be regulated. The 90-day public comment period will open on November 12, 2015, when the FDA notice is published in the Federal Register. In particular, FDA...more

FDA Requests Comments on Use of Term "Natural" on Food Labeling

After years of litigation and controversy around use of the term "natural" on food labels, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now seeking comments on the issue. This action has important implications for companies...more

Highlights from DOE’s “Bioproducts in the Bioeconomy” Webinar

On Monday, October 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presented “Bioproducts in the Federal Bioeconomy Portfolio Webinar,” a webinar on how the federal government is promoting sustainability through three different...more

Limiting Antibiotic Use in Animals: How States are Taking Charge

After decades of discussion by the US Food and Drug Administration about how and when to best manage the use of antibiotics in animals, recent legislation in California demonstrates that some states have decided to move...more

Public Meeting Announced To Discuss Modernizing the Regulatory System For Biotechnology Products Memorandum

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)...more

California Court Adopts Expansive Reading of Contamination and Product Recall Coverage

Two weeks ago in Foster Poultry Farms, Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138609, 2015 WL 5920289 (E.D.Cal., Oct. 9, 2015), a California Court applying New York law found coverage under a...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2015

On October 15, 2015, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) issued a report, "The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right For Synthetic...more

FDA to Host First Public Meeting on Biotech Regulation Overhaul

On October 15, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted notice of a public meeting to be held on Friday October 30th, in order to clarify the current roles and responsibilities described in the Coordinated...more

Food and Beverage Alert (US) - October 2015

FSMA will have major impact on dietary ingredient suppliers, expert says. The biggest change in food regulation in the US in the past 75 years will have a major effect on the suppliers of dietary ingredients, a food-quality...more

NST Council Requests Clarification Of Coordinated Framework Responsibilities

On October 6, 2015, the National Science and Technology Council, Science and Technology Policy Office published a notice of request for information (RFI) on "Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the...more

Key Gains for U.S. Agriculture in Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam – have reached agreement on the landmark Trans-Pacific...more

Biotechnology: OSTP Seeks Comment on Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the...

On October 6, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit relevant data and information, including case studies that may assist in the development of...more

Expect Focus – International, Summer 2015

In This Issue: - TTIP’s Impact on U.S. and EU Trade Relations - Proposed Innovation Box Legislation - Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014 - Rules...more

Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2014. This marks the first time the DOJ...more

Fireworks for Animal Drug Compounding at ACI’s Inaugural Animal Health and Veterinary Drugs and Therapeutics Conference-Part Two...

The second day began with a deep dive into the development of advanced biological drugs for animal use. David Brake, Ph.D., Founder and Principal, BioQuest Associates, LLC, helped explain the split between USDA and FDA...more

Fireworks for Animal Compounding and More at ACI’s Inaugural Animal Health and Veterinary Drugs and Therapeutics Conference-Part...

On September 10-11, the American Conference Institute (ACI) held its inaugural Animal Health and Veterinary Drugs and Therapeutics Conference in New York City. The Conference featured two workshops: a pre-conference overview...more

Be Careful About What you Claim – Or Fail to Claim – FTC Sends Green Guides Warning Letters

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent warning letters to providers of environmental certification seals, and to businesses using those seals, alerting them to the Commission’s concerns that the seals “could be...more

USDA Announces State Finalists For Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership Grants

On September 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the 21 state finalists for Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grants to add infrastructure to supply more renewable fuel to drivers. The program...more

A Busy Summer for Environmental and Land Use Law

In the past three months, we have witnessed a breathtaking series of decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Connecticut Supreme Court, and the California Supreme Court that have provided important rulings and...more

First Amendment Right to Off-Label Promotion – Has Pandora’s Box Been Opened for FDA?

A handful of recent court decisions, including one issued just last month, seems to have potentially cracked open the door for pharmaceutical manufacturers to have more leeway to promote off-label uses of their products....more

USDA Releases Economic Information Bulletin On International Biofuel Use

On September 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service released the information bulletin "Biofuel Use in International Markets: The Importance of Trade." The report reviews global biofuel...more

Farm Service Agency Announces Start Of BCAP Enrollment

On August 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the start of enrollment for financial assistance through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to assist in growing new...more

Two Malama Composites BioFoams Earn USDA Biobased Product Label

On August 26, 2015, Malama Composites, Inc. (Malama) announced that its Studio BioFoam® product had earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Label. This news was followed by a second...more

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