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3/1/2014

The president nominated former Business Software Alliance head Robert Holleyman II to serve as deputy U.S. trade representative and appointed Deloitte LLP CEO Joe Echevarria as a member of the President's Export Council.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission is reopening until April 2 the period for public comments on a petition requesting an exception from the 100 parts per million lead content limit for children’s products for a new line of pens aimed at children in the early stages of learning to write.

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2/28/2014

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to update the “Nutrition Facts” label for packaged foods to reflect new public health and scientific information, update serving size requirements to better align with how much people really eat, and highlight key elements such as calories and serving sizes.

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2/27/2014

The latest round of negotiations toward a Trans-Pacific Partnership concluded Feb. 25 in Singapore with the 12 participating countries reporting “further strides toward a final agreement.”

2/27/2014

The workshop is aimed at gathering information and evidence to be considered for any potential future determinations that certain materials, irrespective of their manufacturing origin or manufacturing process, comply with the applicable content or solubility limits of applicable children’s product safety rules with a high degree of assurance, without requiring third-party testing.

2/27/2014

The Bureau of Industry and Security announced Feb. 24 a $115,000 civil penalty against a California company for five violations of the Export Administration Regulations, including the unauthorized release of controlled manufacturing technology to a foreign national in the U.S.

2/27/2014

The Department of Justice announced Feb. 24 that it has asked a federal court to halt the importation and sales activities of four California companies and six individuals that the Consumer Product Safety Commission determined were importing children’s products containing impermissible levels of lead and phthalates and/or small parts inappropriate for children under age three.

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2/26/2014

The Department of Homeland Security is requesting public input by March 28 on specific existing significant regulations, including customs and international trade rules, that it should consider as candidates for modification, streamlining, expansion or repeal.

2/26/2014

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting public comments through April 28 on a proposed rule that would ease restrictions on its ability to make information about a product public without first notifying the item’s manufacturer.

2/26/2014

Phase II, which will run at the Peace Bridge crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, N.Y., for about a year, will test the ability of the pre-inspection process to reduce wait times and border congestion.

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2/25/2014

Froman’s remarks make clear that the White House intends to press forward on initiatives such as trade promotion authority and free trade agreements with Europe and Pacific Rim countries despite a growing chorus of criticism that they will compromise the United States’ ability to set its own policies, benefit only large corporations and result in the further loss of domestic jobs to foreign competitors.

2/25/2014

The PITAC will provide the USTR with policy advice on issues involving trade from the perspective of those concerned with issues such as public health, international development and consumer protection.

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2/24/2014

A Feb. 20 deal between the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Food Safety gives the FDA additional time to finalize regulatory changes required by the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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