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HTMLUnderstanding FDA’s Post-FSMA Authority to Access Records
Carlota Hopinks-Baul; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2014, previously published on August 6, 2014
As FDA exercises its inspection authority under section 201 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”), it’s important to understand what records inspectors can/can’t ask for and to respond to overreaching with tact.

 

HTMLThe D.C. Circuit’s en banc opinion in American Meat Institute and the Conflict Minerals Rule
Daniel J. Thompson; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2014, previously published on August 13, 2014
On July 29th, in American Meat Institute v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, sitting en banc, held that country-of-origin labeling of meat products is not unconstitutionally compelled speech in violation of the First Amendment. This outcome increases...

 

HTMLRussia Retaliates Against Sanctions by Blocking U.S. Agricultural Imports
Cortney O'Toole Morgan, Linda K. Tiller; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 11, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014
On August 6, 2014, President Vladimir Putin signed an “Executive Order On Applying Certain Special Economic Measures to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation.” The order places restrictions on food and agricultural imports into Russia from countries that have imposed sanctions...

 

HTMLCreating Conditions for Budget Revenue Increase and Tax Fairness
Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 23, 2014
The draft “Law on Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine and Some Other Legislative Acts of Ukraine” was registered by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 22 July 2014 under number 4309¿.

 

HTMLUSDA Orders Reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus
Todd W. Hoppe, Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014
Over 7 million pigs have died from the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) since May 2013. The infected pigs come from farms of all sizes in 30 states and four Canadian Provinces. While the virus doesn’t affect humans or the safety of pork products, it is a matter of great concern to pork...

 

HTMLMore Time to Comment on Expansive EPA Clean Water Proposed Rules: Deadline Extended
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014
In April 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule defining the “waters of the United States,” meaning the waters regulated by the government through the Clean Water Act (CWA). As has been widely reported in the farm media, many people have serious concerns...

 

HTMLJob Training Reform Bill Clears Congress; President’s Approval Expected This Week
Charles D. "Chip" Nottingham; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
Employers in sectors such as manufacturing, energy and agriculture faced with significant shortages of skilled labor, received a major boost from Congress last week. The long-awaited job training program reform bill “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” received bipartisan...

 

HTMLClean Air Act Does Not Require EPA to Regulate Emissions From Animal Feeding Operations
Julian Harrell; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 19, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014
Animal feeding operations (“AFOs”), which include confined animal feeding operations (“CAFOs”), emit a host of chemicals into the air, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds (“AFO emissions”). Air emissions studies...

 

HTMLUSDA to Fund Electric System Improvements in Rural Areas
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will invest more than $250 million in loan proceeds to help improve the reliability of electric systems in rural areas in eight states. A portion of the funds will be used to modernize the systems with smart grid improvements.

 

HTMLNew FDA Current Good Manufacturing Processes Rule Expected for Animal Food Manufacturers
Diane J. Romza-Kutz, Fredric E. Roth; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 3, 2014
As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in March of 2011, the FDA was given a mandate to update its regulations to create a new set of regulations/rules that enables it to prevent the introduction of adulterated food into the human and animal food supply in the U.S., as opposed...

 


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