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New Strategy to Limit Neonicotinoids and Other “High Risk” Pesticides in Québec

Québec’s press release states that the Strategy “sets out the major directions and goals that will guide government action to protect public health, pollinators, and the environment in the coming years.” One of the ways the...more

FDA Seeks Input on Uses of “Natural” in Food and Beverage Labeling

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invited public comments on uses of the term “natural” in food and beverage labeling and whether “natural” should apply only to “unprocessed” foods. The FDA’s...more

Food for Thought: FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Salmon

On November 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved genetically engineered (GE) salmon for consumption as food. AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. filed an application with the FDA for the approval of AquAdvantage...more

FDA, Naturally (and Finally), Requests Comments on Use of Term “Natural”

On Nov. 12, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a request for information and comments about the use of the term “natural.” Food and beverage companies have been using the term with few...more

Naturally, It’s Only Natural. Or, Is It?

Think of that busy mom in a grocery store, standing in front of a wall of granola bars. How does she choose which one to buy? Does she pick the all-natural chocolate peanut butter kind or the not-all-natural chocolate peanut...more

FSMA Comes Down on the Farm: FDA Finalizes Produce Safety Standards

On Friday, November 13, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the prepublication version of its final rule regarding Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human...more

It Will Only Cost You an Audit: FDA Releases FSMA Third-Party Certification Rule

On Friday, November 13, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its final rule regarding Accreditation of Third-Party Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and To Issue Certifications...more

Food from Faraway Lands: FDA Releases FSMA Foreign Supplier Food Safety Rule

On Friday, November 13, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its final rule regarding Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Food Importers (FSVP Rule). The new rule requires importers to ensure that...more

Senator Stabenow Introduces Legislation To Provide Tax Credits For Renewable Chemical Production

On November 10, 2015, Senator Stabenow (D-MI), along with Senators Coons (D-DE) and Franken (D-MN), introduced S. 2271, the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2015 to the Senate. If passed, the bill would amend the Internal Revenue...more

Appetite for Litigation: Why Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Hunger for Food-Labeling Lawsuits

The food industry has become a fertile ground for class action lawsuits over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing down. New cases are decided daily. There are several factors that drive this trend and that are...more

Three More FSMA Rules Finalized As the Year Comes to a Close

Although not quite meeting the deadline of October 31 established in a legal settlement last year, FDA has released a set of three more “foundational” Final Rules mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA or the...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - November 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against United Airlines and Delta Air Lines seeking to block the carriers’ proposed slot swap at Newark, DOT’s...more

[Event] Yes, Virginia, You Can Use Drones in Your Business! - Dec. 1st (Virginia Beach, VA) & Dec. 4th (Richmond &...

Companies from a wide spectrum of industries have obtained a Section 333 Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that permits them to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as “drones,” to...more

California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act: What you need to know

After being the first state to legalize medical marijuana almost 20 years ago, California is implementing regulations across the industry. Commentators have focused on the effective and efficient processes called for in the...more

FDA Seeks Comments on Use of “Natural” in Food Labeling

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will accept public information and comment on the term “natural” in the labeling of food products, including foods that are...more

Third Circuit Affirms First-Filed Rule to Nix Toxic Tort Forum Shopping

Chastising the Plaintiffs for forum shopping, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a district court’s decision to dismiss a matter with prejudice on the grounds that the Plaintiffs had previously...more

Africa Update - November 2015

Leading the News - Egypt: On October 31st, a Russian jet carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all people on board. While the cause of the crash was not...more

Renewable Energy Developers ? Beware of your Land Options

Four Arrows Investments 68 v Abigail Construction (20470/2014) [2015] ZASCA 121 - In a recent judgment the Supreme Court of Appeal held that any sale of a portion of agricultural land, whether conditional or not, shall...more

Final Trans-Pacific Partnership Text is Released

Yesterday, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office published the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership setting up intense discussions in Congress about the agreement’s provisions on intellectual property, agriculture,...more

Assignments Of PACA Claims: New Opportunities For Unpaid Produce Sellers, Credit Insurance Companies, Claims Purchasers & Others

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”) is an invaluable tool for produce sellers to ensure repayment for goods sold and delivered. Traditionally, it has been used by sellers of produce to recover against...more

EPA Publishes Worker Protection Standard Final Rule

In a November 2, 2015, Federal Register notice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final rule revising the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Worker Protection Standard (WPS). ...more

European Parliament Approves Novel Foods Proposal

On October 28, 2015, the European Parliament (EP) approved proposed rules that would subject novel foods to a safety evaluation and authorization at the European Union (EU) level. According to the EP’s October 28, 2015,...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #4

Leading the News - Tanzania: On October 25th, voters in Tanzania went to the polls to vote for a candidate to replace outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, who was unable to run for a third term under the country’s...more

Environmental Groups File Opening Briefs Challenging Enlist Duo Herbicide

On October 23, 2015, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Petitioner the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Petitioners the Center for Food Safety, National Family Farm Coalition, Pesticide Action...more

AgriBiz Alert: OSHA Targets Agribusiness Industry with New Citations

In recent months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited several agribusiness employers for alleged violations of its standards, proposing significant penalties against them....more

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