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Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #2

Chicago SSB Tax May Cause State to Lose Federal Funding, USDA Warns - According to a warning letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax that took effect in the Chicago...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling for an investigation into the use of phthalates in food and fast-food packaging. Citing a...more

California Releases Medical Marijuana Regulations: The Devil’s in the Details

In 1996, Californians passed Proposition 215, the first medical marijuana initiative in the United States. Since then, the California Legislature has enacted various laws relating to the medical marijuana industry, but there...more

Are You Exempt? FDA Announces Waivers for Certain Businesses Subject to the Sanitary Transportation Rule

by Dickinson Wright on

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is now final and on April 5, 2017, the FDA published three waivers for certain qualifying businesses. The Sanitary...more

WTO Panel Decision: EU – Poultry Meat (China)

by White & Case LLP on

Decision: A WTO Panel has issued a mixed ruling in a challenge by China to the EU's modification of its tariff schedule for goods. Significance of Decision: This important decision provides new clarity on the...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2017 #2

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA holds public meeting on redefining "healthy" claims in food labeling....more

DC Circuit Finds OSHA “Interpretation” Narrowing Retail Exemption Under the Process Safety Management Standard Really a...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a challenge brought by trade associations for the farm supply and fertilizer industries, the D.C. Circuit vacates OSHA memorandum narrowing the retail exemption from the PSM standard. The U.S....more

Not So Sweet: The Debate Over Evaporated Cane Juice

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

FDA’s final guidance expresses its view that the phrase “evaporated cane juice” is false and misleading. “Evaporated cane juice” has become a popular ingredient in everything from yogurt to cookies, attracting consumers...more

Major Federal Food Safety Law Depends on Individual State Enforcement

by Varnum LLP on

In 2011, Congress approved the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in response to several deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. These outbreaks convinced legislators and food industry groups that the then-existing food...more

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

by Barley Snyder on

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

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

by Perkins Coie on

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

Canada and Mexico to Seek Retaliatory Measures Following WTO’s Final Ruling Against U.S. Meat Labeling Law

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 18, the World Trade Organization’s (“WTO”) Appellate Body upheld a ruling that U.S. country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) requirements for meat continue to discriminate against imported livestock from Canada and Mexico...more

SEC Halts Fraudulent Farm Loan Investment Program

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission initiated an action centered on the misuse of offering proceeds tied to farm loans. The defendants include an investment adviser, a financial planner and an attorney. SEC v. Veros Partners, Inc., Civil Action...more

SEC Files Two Offering Fraud Actions Tied To A Horse Farm

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission filed two settled offering fraud actions centered in part around an entity engaged in the purchase and sale of thoroughbred horses called Raintree Racing. A second involved an offering of interests in a real...more

USDA National Organic Program Instruction on Use of Brand or Company Names Containing the Word Organic

by Barley Snyder on

On August 14, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its “instruction” to the accredited certifying agents (Certifiers) that certify operations to the USDA...more

Federal Government’s Mandatory Grain Shipment Rules Not Extended

The grain shipment rules (Rules) enacted by the Canadian government—the most recent iteration of which expired on March 28, 2015—have not been renewed. ...more

FDA Publishes Four Key Supplemental Proposed Rules Under the Food Safety Modernization Act

by King & Spalding on

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011. This groundbreaking piece of legislation is aimed at improving FDA’s capacity to prevent, detect, and respond...more

FDA Draws Criticism With Proposed FSMA Animal Feed Rule And Breweries

by Varnum LLP on

FDA's chief food safety inspector, Michael Taylor, recently stated that the agency has "no intention" of preventing breweries from giving spent beer grains to farmers for cattle feed. The FDA's proposed rule would have...more

New FDA Strategy Document for FSMA, Food Safety Modernization ACT

by Weintraub Tobin on

The USDA has issued a new “strategy” document that outlines the agency’s direction with regard to implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”). The document is intended to “to guide the next phase of FSMA...more

FDA Proposes New Rules Regarding Growing, Harvesting, Packing And Holding Domestic And Foreign Produce

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On January 5, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as part of a continuing overhaul of the United States’ food safety laws under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), published proposed rules regarding the...more

BIO and ASTA Announce That GEMAA Is Now Effective

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) announced today that the Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement (GEMAA) has received four signatories, and as a result is now...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2012

by McAfee & Taft on

In This Issue: - 1 Farmers and commercial motor vehicle regulations - 4 Aflatoxin and the insured farmer - 5 Do you need a CDL for your recreational vehicle? - 6 McAfee & Taft’s Agricultural Real Estate...more

OFAC Publishes New Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Recently the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. Notably, the regulations formally address financing provisions for authorized sales to...more

Question of the Week: Under Prop 37, how long do companies have to bring their products into compliance with the new labeling...

As we’ve previously discussed, Prop 37 has two important labeling components: (1) a requirement that foods made with genetic engineering are labeled as genetically engineered, and (2) a restriction on labeling genetically...more

“An Intentionally Tough Law”: Employment Rights Lost by “Responsibly Connected” Individuals When Their PACA-Licensed Companies...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930 (“PACA”)1 is deservedly renowned for its provisions creating a statutory trust on sold perishable commodities, and the products and revenues thereof. See 7 U.S.C. §499e. The...more

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