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3 Steps Food Manufacturers Can Take Now To Prepare For Federal Labeling Regulations

Consumers seem to be more eager than ever to know what they are eating and what journey it traveled to move from farm to table. In this era of authenticity, artificial is out; organic is in....more

Advertising Law - November 2016 #3

Will Green Guides Address Organic? FTC/USDA Roundtable Report - On October 20, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture co-hosted a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., entitled...more

Missouri appellate court rejects ‘ingredient list’ defense in food labeling case

As Missouri’s reputation as a plaintiff-friendly venue increases, a state appellate court has dealt a blow to food manufacturers facing suits under the state’s consumer fraud statute regarding claims made on their products’...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - November 2016

Four cities will hold referendums this month on taxes on sugary beverages. Looking forward to Election Day, an October 17 survey by PBS NewsHour noted that voters in three California cities and one Colorado city will vote on...more

$18 Million Fine Levied for Campaign Finance Violation in Washington State

On November 3, 2016, a Thurston County Superior Court judge levied an $18 million penalty against a trade association for violations of Washington campaign finance laws. This is believed to be the largest campaign finance...more

Updated FSIS guidance on raising animal label claims: What agribusinesses need to know

Primary responsibility for ensuring the truthfulness of labels on meat, poultry, and egg products resides with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FSIS is the public health agency of the U.S. Department of...more

Ninth Circuit holds juries can decide the definition of ‘natural’

On September 30, 2016, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a key decision in the food labeling war over what constitutes a false or misleading “all natural” label. At issue was a label on Dole’s food products stating that...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - October 2016

FDA seeks public comment on possible revision of its definition of "healthy" on food labels. The FDA has begun an initiative to revisit its legal definition of "healthy" as used by manufacturers on food labels. In a September...more

No Small Potatoes: Patenting Spuds in an Era of Gene Silencing

During a 1911 journey—in which he would discover Machu Picchu—Hiram Bingham’s exploration party came across native Peruvians who “lived almost entirely on gruel made from chuño, frozen bitter potatoes. Little else than...more

GMO Food Labels, Our Emotions and the “Rationalist’s Delusion”

Politicians often referred to a 90% consumer preference for food labels signaling the existence of genetically modified ingredients—or GMOs as they are known—during this year’s congressional hearings regarding the now enacted...more

FDA Guides Industry For Use Of “Healthy” On Food Packaging

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced guidance regarding using the term “healthy” in the labeling of human food products. As background, the FDA issued final rules updating the Nutrition Facts label...more

Debate growing over preemption of state claims over organic produce labeling

Recently, the Eastern District of New York held that the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C §§ 6501–6522) preempts various state claims that Abbott Laboratories, Inc. falsely labeled its Similac® Advance® Organic...more

Empty spaces causing big problems: the rise of slack-fill litigation

Last month, a district court judge in California dismissed a highly publicized lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed that Starbucks’ iced beverages contained too much ice and not enough coffee. The suit was the subject of...more

Not So Sweet: The Debate Over Evaporated Cane Juice

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

GMO Disclosures and Claims: A Possible End to the U.S. GMO Labeling Controversy?

On July 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed an important amendment to S. 764 to establish a mandatory nationwide labeling approach for genetically engineered (GE) foods, more popularly referred to as genetically modified...more

House Passes GE Labeling Bill; Obama Expected to Sign

As a parting act before its seven-week recess, the House last Thursday passed by a vote of 306-117 Senator Pat Roberts’s (R-KS) legislation (S.764) requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Already approved by...more

European Parliament Calls for Extended Application of Country of Origin Labeling in the EU Just When the WTO Dispute on the United...

On May 12, 2016, the European Parliament renewed its call for mandatory country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) for meat and dairy products not currently subject to such marking rules. The reasoning behind requiring additional...more

Senate Passes Bill Requiring Labeling for Genetically Engineered Foods

Four months after the Senate defeated a GE labeling bill (S.2609) introduced by Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), the upper chamber Thursday night passed, 63-30, a compromise measure (S. 764) that Roberts...more

Senate Passes GMO Food Labeling Legislation

Earlier this month, the Senate passed legislation (S. 764) that would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national disclosure standard for bioengineered foods. ...more

Agreement Reached on Bipartisan Federal GMO Food Labeling Bill

Provides Practical, Mandatory Disclosure and Preempts State GMO Labeling Laws - Senate Agriculture Committee leaders reached agreement June 23, 2016, on a bill that would require food containing genetic material modified...more

Nationwide GE Labeling Leaps Forward

Four years after California’s genetically engineered (GE) food labeling initiative was defeated, but just days before Vermont’s GE law is to go into effect, the U.S. Senate is poised to impose such labeling nationwide. The...more

Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee Announce An Agreement On National GMO Labeling

With Vermont’s law on GMO labeling set to take effect next month, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee announced on Thursday that the Senators reached an agreement on proposed legislation setting a national...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

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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