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Food and Beverage Alert (US)

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Senators express concern about FDA’s use of draft guidance documents to...more

Proposed FDA Labeling Revisions Would Impact Wines Below 7 Percent ABV and Certain Non-Malt Beers

On March 3, 2014, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that, if and when finalized, would make important changes to the labeling of all foods subject to FDA’s primary labeling...more

Food And Beverage News And Trends

Food industry proposes front-of-package nutrition information. In the wake of the recently proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel labeling, the Grocery Manufacturer's Association proposed its own front-of-package...more

Food Labeling Client Alert: FDA Proposes Changes to Iconic Nutrition Facts Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed an update to the iconic Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. In light of new scientific evidence about human health and nutrition, dietary recommendations of...more

FDA Proposes Overhaul of Nutrition Facts Labeling

The first major overhaul of the Nutrition Facts panel in more than 20 years focuses on serving sizes, calories, and a refreshed design. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) on February 27 announced the...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Class Certification Denied in Ben & Jerry’s “All Natural” Ice Cream Case ..FDA Responds to Court Referrals Regarding “Natural” and...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - March 2014

In This Issue: - President Obama Highlights Manufacturing And Trade Issues In The State Of The Union Address - United States And EU Join 11 Other Countries In Launching Negotiations To Liberalize Trade In Green...more

California Reenters the GMO Food Labeling Arena; This Time Through the Legislature

Not to be left behind and not dependent on any other state action (Connecticut and Maine notwithstanding), a bill has been introduced (SB 1381) on February 21, 2014 that requires any food, with certain exceptions (more on...more

What's in the Box? FDA Proposes Revisions to Nutrition Facts

On February 27, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed three rules that would make landmark revisions to the iconic black and white Nutrition Facts panel if finalized. The proposed changes affect all packaged...more

Like a Zombie, Mandatory Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Proposal Resuscitated in California

California voters roundly rejected mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered (GE) foods last year. However, the specter of California requiring such GE labels, which could apply to 75 percent of grocery store...more

Insuring Your Business - December 2013: Is That Covered? Food Recall Claims

Insurance Premiums represent the third or fourth highest business expenses for most food manufacturers and distributors. But, even with all of those premium expenses, many food producers and distributors find that their food...more

Does Corn By Any Other Name Taste As Sweet?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have received much attention in recent years, yet the concept of genetically engineering (GE) food is not new – U.S. farmers began growing GMOs in 1994 and now plant about 165 million...more

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

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

FDA Announces Publication of Two Proposed Rules Implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act

On Friday, January 4, 2013, FDA announced the pre-publication of two long-awaited proposed rules implementing parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011....more

FDA Warning Letters to Sprout Growers Highlight Complicated Legal Issues Associated with Warning Letters and Guidance Documents

Since 1996, there have been at least 30 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with different types of raw and lightly cooked sprouts caused mostly by Salmonella and E. coli. In 1999, in response to numerous...more

Jack Bonner on Defeating Food Labeling Lawsuits [Video]

Jack Bonner, President of A2W – Advocacy to Win, discusses the recent deluge of food labeling lawsuits and outlines what companies in the crosshairs can do to protect their brands, reputations, and bottom lines. With...more

FDA Announces 100k Genome Project

The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are collaborating with the University of California Davis and Agilent Technologies, a chemical analysis/engineering company from Santa Clara,...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - September 2011: Endangered species litigation — Potential impact on pesticide use in production...

On May 30, 2007, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was failing to comply with Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in regard to 47...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC: Endangered species litigation By Chris Paul

Center for Biological Diversity v. EPA — Potential impact on pesticide use in production agriculture On May 30, 2007, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

Philippine exporters going bananas on Australia's import policies

Malaya's online edition last May 20, 2011 headlined that Filipino banana growers are “going bananas” over Biosecurity Australia's requirement that the Philippine bananas exported to Australia should be plants...more

1976 of 2010 - Hemant Goswami vs. Union of India

Petition Against Introduction of GM Foods

The petition reads, “The Ministry of Environment and Forestry issued a notification citing the provisions of Section 6, 8 and 25 of the ‘Environment (Protection) Act’ and brought into existence a Genetic Engineering Approval...more

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