Agriculture

  • How and When to Renew Your Michigan Hemp Registration or License

    August 21, 2019

    In Michigan, industrial hemp and products manufactured therefrom are regulated by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (“MDARD”). Earlier this year, MDARD issued licenses permitting the manufacture, processing, and sale of hemp-based products on a temporary basis as the Department developed the “state industrial hemp plan” (the “IHP Plan”) required by last year’s […]

  • New Resource Available for Michigan Hemp Producers

    June 17, 2019

    A new resource is available to anyone interested in taking advantage of recent changes in the law regarding the growth, production and sale of hemp products in Michigan. On June 12, 2019, Michigan’s Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (“MDARD”) issued an electronic update publicizing the Michigan State University (“MSU”) Extension Bulletin E3402 entitled Industrial […]

  • Paranoid about Cannabinoids? The FDA’s Newly-Expressed Concerns About CBD in Food Products

    March 19, 2019

    Whether you’re a consumer or work in the food business, you likely have seen hemp-based cannabidiol (or “CBD”) products exploding in the market recently. CBD, which is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments, is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol […]

  • Doughnut Worry, Be Hoppy: More Foreign Suppliers Must Meet Food Safety Requirements

    March 10, 2019

    Effective March 18, four additional importers are required to comply with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rule (FSVP), which requires importers to ensure that foreign food suppliers are meeting the food safety standards the FDA requires of domestic food manufacturers. The additional types of importers that must comply with the FSVP: importers of animal food […]

  • Let’s Taco ’bout Produce: Small and Very Small Farms Must Comply with the Produce Safety Rule

    January 28, 2019

    On January 28, 2019, the Produce Safety Rule took effect for two groups of producers: small (less than $5 million in produce sales based on a 3-year average) and very small farms (less than $250,000 in produce sales based on a 3-year average). Produce Safety Rule As a part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, […]

  • Spoiled Milk! A Crisis for Michigan Dairy Farmers

    December 13, 2018

    Why is There a Michigan Dairy Farm Crisis? With the U.S. dairy industry producing milk at a higher rate than consumer demand, the result is a worldwide surplus of milk. This surplus leaves dairy farmers in milk producing states like Michigan receiving less and less for their product. As a result of these low returns, […]

  • Preparing Your Workplace for Legalized Marijuana

    November 15, 2018

    Seeing through the Smoke: Preparing Your Workplace for Legalized Marijuana On November 6, 2018, Michigan became the tenth state in the nation and the first state in the Midwest to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. This approval has left employers across the state questioning what this means for their workplace. The new law called […]

  • Butter be Ready: The Preventive Controls for Human and Animal Food Rules Take Effect

    September 20, 2018

    As of September 17, 2018, food facilities of all sizes are required to be in full or partial compliance with the Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) and Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF) rules. The PCHF and PCAF rules are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As such, the rules require food […]

  • Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rule Affects More Importers

    July 26, 2018

    The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) was published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2015. It requires that importers or their agents ensure foreign food suppliers meet the same food safety standards required of domestic food manufacturers. For the purpose of the FSVP, an importer is a U.S. owner or consignee of […]

  • Food Safety Modernization Act: The Impact on the Food Industry One Bite at a Time

    July 16, 2018

    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a law applicable to food producers, processors and transporters. The purpose of the law is to protect the public from foodborne illness. Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention data indicates that over 3,000 people in the United States die from foodborne illnesses each year while […]

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