USDA Considers Adding Dental Analysis to Grading of Beef Carcasses

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced proposed amendments to the U.S beef standards to allow dentition and documentation of actual age as additional methods of classifying maturity for official quality grading. The current … Continue Reading

FDA Accepting Comments on Philip Morris Application for Marlboro Heatsticks

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is accepting public comments about “modified risk tobacco product applications (MRTPAs)” regarding three different Marlboro Heatsticks models. MRTPs are tobacco products sold for use to reduce harm or the risk of tobacco-related … Continue Reading

FDA Extends Comment Period on Genome-Editing for Food Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is extending the comment period until June 19, 2017, for a proposed rule on the use of genome-editing techniques to produce new plant varieties used for human or animal food. FDA seeks … Continue Reading

Rural Housing Service Taking Applications for Housing Preservation Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service (RHS) announced it is accepting applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program, which provides qualified public agencies, private non-profit organizations to assist low- and very low-income rural homeowners, to repair and … Continue Reading

DOT Delays Effective Date for Electric Vehicle Minimum Sound Requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has extended the effective date of a final rule requiring electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturers to install sound-emitting technologies, to reduce the risk of pedestrian crashes. The rule requires hybrid and electric vehicles to … Continue Reading

FDA Considering Changes to Healthcare Provider Education Guidelines for Opioids

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is accepting public comments on proposed draft revisions to  the agency’s blueprint for accredited continued education, regarding the prescription of extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics. The draft revisions would broaden to include … Continue Reading

USDA Hosting Public “Listening Session” on Native Bee Monitoring Strategy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Pollinator Health Working Group announced it will host a public “listening session” to discuss a strategy to monitor native bees in the United States. USDA researchers have determined several species of animal pollinators in … Continue Reading

U.S. Postal Service to Limit Allowable Contents for Certain International Mail

The U.S. Postal Service announced its intent to modify some of its international mailing rules to conform with the new Universal Postal Union (UPU) requirements for certain Letter Post mail, effective January 1, 2018. UPU member countries have voted to … Continue Reading

FDA Extending Compliance for Restaurant Nutrition Info Until May 2018

The Food and Drug Administrations announced it is extending the compliance date for a final rule requiring certain restaurants to disclose nutrition information for standard menu item. Originally, the compliance date was May 5, 2017, but it has now been … Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Plans Changes to Increase Viability of Red Wolf Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently seeks public comments regarding a plan to improve the long-term viability of red wolves by a combination of strategies, including breeding more animals in captivity and releasing captive animals into the wild. Maintaining … Continue Reading

Department of the Interior Reviewing National Monument Designations

Under the recent Executive Order 13792, the U.S. Department of the Interior is conducting a review of twenty-seven National Monuments covering more than 100,000 acres each, designated or expanded since 1996. The review will determine whether each designation or expansion … Continue Reading

Patent Office Considering Streamlined Process for Trademark Appeals

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced it seeks comments on proposed rules to establish a more streamlined version of existing processes at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). The rules would include procedures and timing to … Continue Reading