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Food safety rules likely to dodge the regulatory reform bullet

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Federal food safety agencies were not planning on drafting much in the way of new regulations in 2017, which might turn out to be a lucky stroke. The only new regulations now on the horizon that are remotely related to food safety will implement the GMO labeling scheme adopted by Congress this past year. It gives… Continue Reading

Candidates for FDA top job focus on drugs, not food, so far

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Just ahead of the anticipated appointment of an FDA commissioner by President Donald J. Trump, there’s a bit of a buzz about a new candidate who is the fourth to be seriously considered for the job of regulating more than $1 trillion of annual economic activity. All the candidates for FDA commissioner are focused on the processes… Continue Reading

States want ‘robust partnership’ with Washington D.C. on ag

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Policy goals for 2017 are being set this week by one of the nation’s smallest, but most powerful agricultural groups. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is meeting for its Winter Policy Conference, which is expected to bring together about 200 state, federal and private sector ag leaders. The gathering is occurring during… Continue Reading

Top food safety job and others remain to be filled at USDA

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With the somewhat tardy appointment of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture combined with Senate Democrats taking their time with the confirmation process, there’s going to be a backup of some other important appointments at USDA and across the federal government. And the backup is occurring even though one man came close to… Continue Reading

Rear Admiral with a lot of experience now acting CDC director

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At noon Friday, when President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office, Dr. Tom Frieden ceased being director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He left CDC on a day when the agency was dealing with the first known outbreak in the U.S. of Seoul Virus, a form of hantavirus, linked to… Continue Reading

Dairy industry seeks Trump’s help with Canada under NAFTA

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U.S. dairy organizations and the state departments of agriculture across the country turned to President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday to combat Canada’s existing and soon-to-be-expanded protectionist policies designed to block imports from the United States. They say the policies are in direct violation of Canada’s trade commitments under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) and the… Continue Reading

FDA’s next top cop will be Trump administration’s pick

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Another top job has opened up at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to be filled by President-elect Donald J. Trump. FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations — the agency’s 25-year-old police force — will be without a director after Jan. 20 because of the resignation of its chief following some more high-level shenanigans. The OCI director since January… Continue Reading

Secretary of Agriculture choice not as difficult as farm policy

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When the bitter cold began spreading over rural America last month, the parlor guessing game around many a wood stove was guessing who President-elect Donald J. Trump would name as secretary of agriculture. But the time for that game has passed. The past three presidents all named their ag bosses by the end of the… Continue Reading

Storms and stability ahead for food safety efforts in 2017

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Food safety in 2017 will be dependent on our “complicated bureaucracies” that exist to get through transitions and times of change. Both USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  are sure to be  taking many “business as usual” actions in January. Confucius taught the Ancient Chinese bureaucracies… Continue Reading

Will Trump decide that COOL is ‘best for America’?

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As a surrogate speaker this past August for then-candidate Donald J. Trump, former Ohio Republican Congressman Bob McEwen gave a fiery speech to a gathering of independent activist cattlemen from 18 states gathered at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne, WY. He passionately argued for property rights and small business, picking up bursts of applause… Continue Reading