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FSIS Issues Notice on Measures to Protect Inspection Program Personnel from COVID-19 Infection

Effective August 9, 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will expect all facilities with FSIS inspectors present to require...


OEHHA proposes new glyphosate warning while First Amendment appeal to 9th Circuit remains pending
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As we reported earlier, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a permanent injunction barring Proposition 65 warnings for glyphosate-based pesticides, which...


FSIS proposes unified 30-day timeline for filing appeals related to inspection activities

The proposed rule would require that Food Safety and Inspection Service inspection decisions, such as Noncompliance Records, be appealed within 30 days.


Essentially derived varieties: critical concept for protecting plant varieties or chilling effect on innovation?
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The advent of genome editing techniques in recent years is transforming plant breeding by substantially reducing the cost and development time of producing new plant varieties. The...


FDA releases priority list of food guidance documents FDA intends to publish by June 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and Office of Food Policy and Response (OFPR) recently released a list of priority...


China’s new rules for food importation and facility registration

China recently announced two revised decrees that, once implemented, would impose substantial new requirements for food and beverage companies that export to China.


California issues proposed regulations under the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative (Prop 12)

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently released long-awaited proposed regulations to implement Proposition 12, the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative (the...


Senate passes online country of origin labeling requirements under the USICA

On 8 June 2021, the Senate passed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which contains a wide range of provisions aimed at improving the United States’ global economic ...


The Ninth Circuit Court stayed the Proposition 65 Acrylamide Preliminary Injunction

We recently became aware of a 27 May 2021 opinion from the Ninth Circuit that “stayed” the preliminary injunction barring private parties from filing new lawsuits against...

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