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Food and Beverage News and Trends

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This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Inspector general criticizes FDA food recall procedures - On December 26,...more

USDA Awards Nearly Three Million In Funding For Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

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On January 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the University of Tennessee a $2,994,429 grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated...more

USDA Announces Support For SBIR Phase II Projects

On December 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the release of a request for applications (RFA) for Phase II Small Business Innovation Research...more

Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2018

I. UNITED STATES: CHEMICAL FORECAST - Predictions and Outlook for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention 2018 - What a difference a year makes. To some extent, the...more

USDA Announces New Phytosanitary Requirements for Soybean Exports to China

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On December 27, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) announced a new procedure for U.S. soybean exporters to comply with China’s phytosanitary import...more

USDA Issues Annual Agricultural Biotechnology Report for China

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On December 29, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) issued its annual report on the status of agricultural biotechnology in China. According to the new report, which...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - December 2017

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FDA terminates its food advisory committee. - The FDA announced December 12 that it will discontinue its Food Advisory Committee, effective immediately. The agency said the committee, established in 1992, had held only a...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, December 2017

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TSCA/FIFRA - Deadline Approaching For Comments On EPA’s Proposed Reporting Requirements For TSCA Mercury Inventory: As reported in our TSCAblog® item, on October 26, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Agencies Seek Public Comment On Extension Of ICR On Biobased Procurements Data

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On December 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued in the Federal Register a notice of request for public...more

State Seeks to Avoid TB ‘Nuclear Option’

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According to the Michigan Ag Connection and Michigan Farm News, Michigan livestock farmers are closely monitoring current discussions between Michigan and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concerning ongoing efforts...more

Attacking Invasive Species Requires Serious Measures — A Judicial Opinion with Beatles Annotations

Everyone knows what a problem invasive species can be. Difficult problems require difficult solutions. In a recent case decided by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, the scope of the government’s authority to address one...more

Insuring the Crops, Opportunity on the Vine

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Insurance coverage can be the difference between a natural disaster causing the closing of a business or merely a temporary shutdown. In October 2017, wildfires blazed across eight counties in Northern California causing...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

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This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA publishes guidance for menu-labeling rule. On November 7, the FDA published...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 7

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USDA Inspector General Recommends Reform of AMS Organic Program for Imports - The USDA Inspector General ("IG") reviewed the Agricultural Marketing Service's ("AMS") process used in determining whether exporting...more

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program Accepting Applications

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On November 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) issued a statement soliciting applications for its Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program. The...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2017

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TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017 #2

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Senators Urge USDA to Implement GMO Labeling - Several Democratic senators, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging Secretary Sonny Perdue to...more

The USDA’s bioengineered food disclosure standard: Where are we now?

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More than halfway through the two-year period Congress gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a disclosure standard and labeling procedures for bioengineered foods, the affected industries are still left with more...more

USDA Withdraws Proposed Rule on the Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain GE Organisms

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On November 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a notice in the Federal Register (82 Fed. Reg. 51582) stating that it was withdrawing its January 19,...more

DOE Announces Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Meeting

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On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published a notice in the Federal Register regarding an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #4

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Furans in Baby Food May Pose Health Risk, EFSA Reports - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued an assessment of the risks of furans and related compounds 2- and 3-methylfurans, concluding that they pose a...more

USDA Awards $7.3 Million In Funding For Agricultural Technologies

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On October 17, 2017, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the recipients of 17 grants totaling $7.3 million for projects focused on the development of next generation agricultural...more

Congressmen Send Bipartisan Letter On Regulating Agricultural Biotechnology To USDA, FDA, EPA

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On October 17, 2017, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D. (R-FL), and 77 additional House members sent a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Food and Drug...more

FDA, USDA, and EPA to Hold Public Sessions on Agricultural Biotechnology

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On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s...more

EPA Issues Regulatory Action on Dicamba

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On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF, and DuPont on measures “to further minimize the potential for drift to damage neighboring...more

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