Cordray Appointment Ruled Unconstitutional

The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled last week that President Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional, thereby throwing into doubt a significant amount of the bureau’s activities conducted last year, CQ Roll Call reports. Specifically, because President Obama appointed Richard Cordray to head the NLRB, legal analysts…

SNAP’s Critical Role in Improving Health

A new brief from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)—SNAP and Public Health: The Role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programin Improving the Health and Well-Being of Americans—walks readers through research demonstrating the critical role SNAP plays in reducing hunger and improving health. Overall, the brief demonstrates that poverty and food insecurity have serious…

FDA Seeking Comments on Harsher Warning Labels on Smokeless Tobacco Packages

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is establishing a public docket to obtain comments, supported by scientific evidence, regarding what changes to smokeless tobacco product warnings, if any, “would promote greater public understanding of the risks associated with the use of smokeless tobacco products.” The agency published the notice in The Federal Register on…

Ethanol Battle Continues

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is “strongly considering” petitioning the Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that preserved the EPA’s decision to allow E15 fuel in the marketplace, The Hill reports. According to API Group Downstream Director Bob Greco, API would need to file a petition by mid-April to have the Supreme Court…

FDA Gives Agency More Authority

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week announced a final rule strengthening the agency’s authority to use administrative detention to prevent potentially unsafe food from reaching the marketplace. This action makes the criteria for administrative detention consistent with the changes to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act under the Food Safety Modernization…