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The Deadline for Submitting Comments to USDA as it Prepares to Draft a Proposed Rule on GMO Labeling is Quickly Approaching –...

On June 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or agency) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted a list of 30 questions for consideration by stakeholders in order to assist the agency in developing a Proposed...more

Cattle Groups Sue USDA to Compel Country of Origin Labeling (COOL); Launching Newest Standoff in Longstanding COOL Dispute

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Two groups representing U.S. cattle producers recently brought suit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on the agency’s March 2016 decision to revoke regulations requiring that beef and pork...more

Funding Opportunities Available for Energy Development on Tribal Lands

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As the Trump Administration seeks to promote American energy independence, new funding opportunities for deploying tribal energy projects on tribal lands are now available. These opportunities are the first step by the...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2017

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"Pink slime" case settles. Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and ABC News have announced the confidential settlement of a defamation case the company had filed against the network and correspondent Jim Avila over a series of news...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 5

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On June 13, 2017, FDA delayed the compliance date for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Label and Serving Size final rules, providing additional time for implementation. The rules were finalized in May 2016 and...more

Implementation of Minnesota’s Buffer Law: Alternative Practices

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This article, the fourth in a series of updates regarding implementation of the Buffer Law, summarizes six common alternative practices that landowners may wish to consider in lieu of a standard buffer... ...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #4

NAD Says Aldi Should Change Savings Claims Ads - The National Advertising Division (NAD) has recommended that Aldi, Inc. discontinue advertising based on a “market basket” comparison that claims consumers could save more...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - June 2017

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Nonprofits sue FDA over delay in menu-labeling rule. On June 7, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Consumers League filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the...more

DOE Announces $9 Million In Funding For Biomass Research And Development

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #3

FDA Delays Compliance Date for Nutrition Facts Labeling - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will postpone the deadline for food companies to use a revised Nutrition Facts label on packaged...more

Trump Releases Proposed Budget For FY 2018

On May 23, 2017, President Trump released the Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes significant cuts to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and...more

Energy Innovation and President Trump's 2018 Budget Proposal - A Comprehensive Outlook for Key Grant and Loan Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump released on May 23, 2017, his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which closely mirrors his America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again – also known as the "skinny budget"...more

Trump Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

On Tuesday, May 23, the White House released the President's fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget, launching a contentious and consequential debate that is expected to last through the end of the fiscal year and possibly beyond....more

Washington to Become the First State to Certify Organic Cannabis

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On May 16, 2017, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed GOP-sponsored Senate Bill 5131 to allow Washington State to be the first state in the nation to create a program to certify cannabis products as organic. The new law...more

Eyes on Washington: FY 2018 Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration on May 23, 2017, released a full budget blueprint for FY 2018, titled A New Foundation for American Greatness. The full FY 2018 budget proposal is based on the March 2017 "skinny" budget outline. The...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 9

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Agriculture - Lawmakers to Introduce Organic Research Funding Bill: A bipartisan trio of House lawmakers were set to introduce legislation late May 16 that would boost Department of Agriculture funding for research into...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Regulatory Update Vol. IV | Issue 4

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On May 9, 2017, the Senate confirmed Dr. Scott Gottlieb as the next FDA commissioner. With a 57-42 vote, the Senate filled the commissioner position most recently held by Dr. Robert Califf, who resigned in January 2017 and...more

USDA Schedules Public Meetings on Proposed GE Organism Regulations

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On May 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the dates it would be hosting three public meetings to...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - May 2017

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How FDA and USDA fare in the federal budget agreement. Rejecting cuts that had been proposed by the Trump Administration, the Congressional federal budget agreement increases funding for USDA and FDA programs supporting such...more

Governor Christie Right-Sizes Pet Purchase Protection Law (Mostly)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Governor Christie issued a conditional veto on May 1, 2017, amending S 3041 significantly and correcting some constitutional deficiencies in the existing law (New Jersey’s Pet Purchase Protection Act) as well as glaring...more

USDA Seeks Comment On Revision To Information Collection For The Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service published in the Federal Register a notice that it is requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of a...more

Mislabeled Food Products Risk Allergic Reaction

by Wilson Elser on

About 80 percent of all food products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates meat, poultry and egg products. Both agencies have regulations governing food...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - April 28, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 6

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Budget Release: Congressional staff is suggesting that the President’s full 2018 budget should be released on May 22nd. Continuing Resolution: The House gave lawmakers one more week to agree on a spending bill to fund...more

Agricultural Industry May Be Harmed by Trump’s Hardline Immigration Approach

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Farmers in Illinois and across the country are afraid that the Trump administration’s hardline approach to immigration may decimate their available workforce. According to research into data from the U.S. Department of Labor...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - April 2017

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Six consumer groups ask major food companies to oppose regulatory reform bill. On April 11, a coalition of six consumer organizations sent a letter to 11 major food manufacturers, retailers and restaurant chains, calling upon...more

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