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The Paris Agreement on Climate Change – Implications for Africa

The historic 21st annual meeting (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015 resulted in the Paris Agreement (Agreement) which goes further than any previous climate...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2016

President Obama Highlights TPP, Cuba Embargo in Final State of the Union Address - On January 12, President Obama delivered his seventh and final State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people. Among the...more

Canada Relaxes Iran Sanctions - Making it Easier to do Business with Iran

On February 5, 2016, Canada significantly reduced its unilateral economic sanctions against Iran by introducing amendments (Amendments) to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (Iran Regulations). The relaxation...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2016

USTR Issues Report on China’s Implementation of WTO Agreements - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an annual report on China’s implementation of its obligations under the World...more

Patenting the Avocado: A California Story with a Classic Recipe

Guacamole and chips are the ultimate in Super Bowl Sunday comfort food nowadays. During the Panthers/Broncos game, the California Avocado Commission tweeted its own commentary, offering recipes that paired avocados with food...more

Bayer Announces That It Will Not Submit Voluntary Cancellation Requests for Flubendiamide

Significant issues concerning the scope of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to cancel conditional registrations are raised by recent events concerning flubendiamide products sold in the U.S. by...more

Podcast - Food Industry Needs to Take Product Safety More Seriously - Or Pay

There have been a number of examples lately of the U.S. Justice Department investigating and prosecuting the food industry on their product safety measures. The latest examples making headlines include Chipotle Mexican Grill...more

New Final USDA Rule to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

On February 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the issuance of its final rule designed to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw chicken breasts, legs...more

Private Equity Market Intelligence - Manufacturing/Industrials Quarterly Report - Q4

Market Overview - Manufacturing - • Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in December for the second consecutive month, said the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. • Based on the...more

Indiana Tax Court Affirms Reclassification of Wooded Land from Excess Residential to Agricultural

On January 29, 2016, the Indiana Tax Court in DeKalb County Assessor v. Chavez upheld the decision by the Indiana Board of Tax Review to reclassify 2.72 acres of land from excess residential to agricultural for the March 1,...more

OEHHA Issues Final Regulations Related To Its Prop 65 Website

On January 25, 2016, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced the adoption of final regulations (Regulations) related to the development and maintenance of a website to "provide...more

Food-Processing Sector May Be U.S. EPA’s Next Enforcement Target

Every three years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets national enforcement initiatives to focus its civil and criminal enforcement resources on specific environmental issues. On September 15, 2015,...more

USDA Declares “Do-Over” on Overhaul of Biotechnology Regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) Animal and Plant Health Information Service (“APHIS”) is renewing efforts to amend or replace its existing rules governing plant-based biotechnology, while highlighting possible...more

USDA Announces New Standards to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

New standards promulgated by the Food Safety and Inspection Service pose new challenges to the poultry industry. On February 4, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)...more

A Sea Change on the Horizon for California’s Food Court? FDA Calls for Comment on Use of the Term “Natural” for Food Products

At long last, FDA has called for public comment from the food and beverage industry, citizens, and other stakeholders on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling. As many readers of this newsletter know all too well,...more

DWR Put’s Money Where Its Mouth Is In Ag Water Efficiency Grant Program

California’s unique geography and climate have allowed the State to become one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts...more

California "Organic" Labeling Decision: A Blueprint for More Class Actions of FDA Regulated Products?

In December 2015, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling in Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., which may affect many companies subject to FDA regulation, but particularly those that advertise and sell products as...more

Cuba and the United States: A Continuing Shift in Export and Travel Policy

On January 26, 2016, the United States again modified its stance on travel to Cuba and eased certain export restrictions to that country. The changes are not surprising, considering the White House’s determination to...more

OSTP Announces Second and Third Public Engagement Sessions for Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products

On February 1, 2016, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced the dates and locations for the second and third public engagement sessions that will discuss the July 2, 2015, memorandum entitled...more

Food Report 2016: Trends in the Food, Beverage and Agribusiness Sector

Since the early part of this century, the fast-paced development of Alberta’s oil sands and the push for more pipelines across the country have driven Canada’s economic fortunes. Indeed, the Toronto Stock Exchange is one of...more

Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and Customs Compliance: Three Key Facts Companies Need To Know

On November 27, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act...more

Further Changes to Cuba Sanction Regulations Open Opportunities for Agribusiness

On January 26, 2016, the Obama administration announced changes to Cuba sanction regulations, further building on the past year’s historic beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries. For the first...more

Ontario Releases Draft Pollinator Protection Health Action Plan

On January 22, 2016, Ontario released for consultation a draft Health Action Plan (Plan) to reduce losses of honeybees and other pollinators caused by several “stressors” stated in the Plan to include: (1) reduced habitat and...more

Labeling GMO’s — Too Late and Too Much

Commentators arguing that genetically-modified plants (and animals) or “GMO’s” have been prepared by conventional plant breeding, fail to address the central issue driving the debate about the safety of genetically-engineered...more

U.S. Department Of Labor Expansively Defines FLSA Joint Employment In New Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued an Administrator's Interpretation ("AI") on January 20, 2016, setting forth the agency's approach to evaluating whether putatively separate entities are joint...more

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