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Kelly Damewood is licensed to practice law in Oregon and calls Portland her home. She is the 2013-14 Marler Clark Graduate Assistant at Food Safety News, and a LLM Candidate in Agriculture and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Kelly received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School, and her B.A. in English from the University of Portland. She has had many diverse experiences working in food and agriculture such as running a small organic farm. She tweets about ag and food @KellyDamewood and runs West Coast Ag & Food Law Blog.

Last week on Food Safety News, Dan Flynn wrote an article discussing Virginia’s plans to loosen its cottage food laws. Cottage food laws are basically laws that allow small-time producers to use appliances in their homes to bake, cook, can, pickle, dry or candy certain low-risk foods for sale. By contrast, state laws require…

With the comment period finally closed on the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one step closer to implementing FSMA. FDA must now review the comments as it considers final changes to the proposed rule, which sets standards for the safe production and harvesting of…

On Nov. 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a two-hour webinar with American Indian tribes to discuss FDA’s proposed rules on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). During the webinar, FDA emphasized that it will work with tribes to implement FSMA regulations. However, tribes remain concerned and frustrated with FDA’s failure to…

The proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations have sparked debates about the costs of compliance and other impacts on small- to medium-sized producers. But American Indian tribes face notably unique challenges under the new rules. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a two-hour webinar to consult with tribes on FSMA. In…

The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) is hosting five working groups to establish additional regulations for retail sales of medicinal and recreational marijuana. The Mandatory Testing and Random Sampling Working Group recently met to discuss potential testing requirements for pesticides, microbials, molds, filth, residual solvents, harmful chemicals, and potency. The term “potency”…

Colorado officials are working with farmers to address potential crop and soil contamination after severe flooding hit Northeastern Colorado last month. Their biggest challenge will likely be assessing flood-affected fields before replanting and analyzing affected water before fall irrigation. So far, state officials and others are confident that only safe products from the state will…

Last Thursday, two months before comments close on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued notice of a webinar it will host in October to comply with an executive order mandating consultation with American Indian tribes. The FDA will host…