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USDA Increases Cane Sugar Imports to Meet Demand for Non-GE Products

On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced that it is allowing an additional 200,000 short tons of cane sugar imports to meet food manufacturers’ increasing demand for non-genetically modified...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016 #3

What's New - SENATE - It was another busy week in the Senate as members continued to work through various bills on the lengthy Senate Calendar. The Senate spent the day on Wednesday taking up the Governor’s veto on...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.23.16

We’ve got numbers for Bayer’s unsolicited bid to buy Monsanto—a cash offer of $62 billion, representing a 37% premium on Monsanto’s May 9 closing price...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.19.16

Bayer’s making good on its rumored interest in Monsanto in a deal that could be valued at more than $42 billion and would bring together two of the world’s biggest suppliers of crop seeds and pesticides...more

USDA Convenes Public Meeting Of The Advisory Committee On Biotechnology And 21st Century Agriculture

On May 9, 2016, USDA announced a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). AC21 was created to provide the USDA Secretary with information on agriculture biotechnology...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - May 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, There is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes like this: When the wind changes direction, there are those that build walls and there are those that build windmills. In the...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016 #2

What's New - SENATE - It was a short but busy week in the Senate as members worked through numerous bills remaining on the Senate calendar. The Senate gave third reading on Thursday to H. 5009, relating to the...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, May 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - Office Of Inspector General Considers Pesticide Imports: In a memorandum dated April 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) informed EPA that...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends Series - May 2016

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA finalizes rule to combat antimicrobial resistance. The FDA this week...more

Vermont GMO Food Labeling - Is Your Label Ready?

In less than two months, Vermont's genetically modified organism (GMO) food labeling law, Consumer Protection Rule 121, goes into effect. Starting July 1, 2016, food manufacturers producing food containing GMOs to be sold in...more

California Legislative Update

The California legislature has reached the midpoint of its 2016 legislative session. The Governor has signed four bills of significance to California private sector employers. In addition, a few dozen workplace-related bills...more

Is A Blue Sky Exemption For Farms Sustainable?

Today, California regulates the offer and sale of securities more by exemption than qualification. In addition, California and other states have lost authority over a significant amount of securities transactions due to...more

New Executive Order Released By California Governor for Long-Term Water Planning Released

State Water Resources Control Board Releases Draft Regulation to Modify Water Conservation Requirements - Mandatory statewide water use restrictions in California would be replaced by a more locally driven set of water...more

Another Statute With Broad Whistleblower Protections - The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

In April, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final rule governing unlawful retaliation against workers who complain about or disclose food safety concerns to their employer or to OSHA....more

OSHA Issues Rules for Food Safety Whistleblower Cases

On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued final procedural rules for investigating whistleblower cases under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate approved its version of the State’s $7.5 billion budget on Wednesday by giving third reading to H. 5001 (Appropriations Bill) and H. 5002 (Capital Reserve Fund). The Senate approved...more

History Repeats Itself: The EEOC Scores Big Judgment Against Absent Party

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC obtains a multi-million dollar default judgment against an out-of-business company in a case alleging “human trafficking” discrimination claims....more

EPA Issues Pesticide Tolerance Crop Grouping Program Amendment IV

On May 3, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that amends current pesticide tolerance crop grouping (Crop Group) regulations. Crop groupings allow petitioners to request a tolerance for...more

2016-17 New York State Budget

On April 13, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the 2016-17 New York State Budget into law. We summarize the highlights of the revenue provisions below. Personal Income/Estate Taxes Personal Income Tax rates are scheduled...more

Federal Judge Awards EEOC $7,658,500 in Case Against Farm Labor Contractor Global Horizons

62 Thai Farmworkers Vindicated After Exploitation at the Hands of Global Horizons - LOS ANGELES - A federal judge has ordered farm labor contractor Global Horizons, Inc. to pay $7,658,500 for a pattern or practice of...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016 #5

What's New - SENATE - The Senate had a very active week of floor debate as members worked through the calendar in an attempt to send bills to the House of Representatives before the May 1st crossover deadline. The...more

How the FDA’s new Sanitary Transport Rule affects food shipping

The FDA is continuing its implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) with the “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food” final rule (Sanitary Transport Rule or Rule) published in the Federal...more

Competing Budgets

Lengthy floor sessions ensued this week as House and Senate lawmakers took up supplemental budget bills in their respective chambers. The Republican House had three bills to debate over the course of the week. The DFL Senate...more

Proposed Tariff Elimination for Certain Agri-Food Ingredients

In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate customs duties on imports of certain food manufacturing ingredients, excluding supply-managed (TRQ) products. This...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: April 2016

Finance - PACA Liens Could Impact Financing Terms - The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) is a federal law enacted in 1930 with the goal of protecting suppliers and sellers of agricultural goods from...more

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