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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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CPSC Proposing Requirement for Safety Features on Table Saws

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced it has determined preliminarily there may be an unreasonable risk of blade-contact injuries associated with table saws and has proposed a rule to address the issue. The proposed rule would establish a … Read More

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USDA Extends Public Comment Period on Organic Livestock Rules

The USDA is asking the public to comment on the possible actions the government should take regarding livestock care, production practices, and living conditions. The proposed rules would set separate standards for mammalian and avian livestock living conditions to better … Continue Reading

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