Articles by Robb MacKie

ABA responds to recent FDA efforts

May 8, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been on a roll lately. Its regulatory agenda is so full that advocates went to court to force timelines on the multitude of food-safety regulations required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 


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A long and winding road to ethanol reform

February 12, 2014

Last month, I had the opportunity to offer testimony in support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to modestly scale back the amount of ethanol required to be produced under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). 


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The ticking regulatory clock

December 10, 2013

During and since the two-week government shutdown, there has been a lot of analysis from across the political spectrum. The analysis includes a lot of finger pointing and blame assessment. At the end of the day, it was the abdication of leadership by all parties and no coherent strategy for how to end the stalemate that lengthen the shutdown.


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Preparing for the Affordable Care Act

August 16, 2013
The long and tortuous path to enacting and implementing President Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, has taken yet another twist.
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Washington: The good and the bad

March 11, 2013
Frustration with Washington continues to mount, with the serious challenges facing our country.
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The 2015 Dietary Guidelines: Are bakers prepared?

December 10, 2012
Is it just me or does it seem like the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate came out just last week? 


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Forward Thinking About Baking Equipment Design

March 20, 2012
This past year has been an exciting one for the baking industry, especially in terms of the progress made on revising the ANSI/ASB Z50.2 Bakery Equipment Sanitation Standard (formerly known as the “BISSC Standard”). Representatives from across the baking industry, including bakers, bakery engineers, bakery equipment manufacturers and academics have come together to give their input on updating this standard.
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