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Hawaii G-M-O: Kauai County GMO Regs Struck Down in Federal Court

Throughout the year, this space has periodically re-visited the topic of regulating the manufacture and labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) at the state and federal level. This week, a lawsuit out...more

GMO Bill Fails in California Senate

Despite the recent passage of a genetically engineered (GE) food-labeling law in Vermont, and similar bills appearing in legislatures in other states, proponents of labeling have again failed to pass such a law in California....more

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 - Senators express concern about FDA’s use of draft guidance documents to...more

Genetically engineered food labelling bill moves through legislature

SB 1381, California's revived genetically engineered food labelling bill, has passed through the California Senate Judiciary Committee. If enacted, SB 1381 would take effect on January 1 2016. As the bill has moved through...more

Federal Bill Seeks To Establish Uniform GMO Labeling Requirements

Earlier this month, Representative Mike Pompeo, along with 4 co-sponsors, introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 4432). This bill sets forth three main objectives: it establishes a process for evaluating the...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

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

First Lady And Nutrition: USDA And FDA Propose Sweeping Food Labeling And Marketing Regulations

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Food and Drug Administration released two long-awaited proposed regulations that would for the first time in 20 years make significant changes to the nutrition information found on...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

New Wave of Prop 65 Notices Target Rice Industry

This week, Consumer Advocacy Group (CAG), a non-profit organization that files numerous Proposition 65 (Prop 65) lawsuits each year, issued notices of violation alleging that 15 companies violated California law by selling...more

Protecting The Nation’s Food Supply From Terrorist Attacks: FDA Proposes New Rule

In This Issue: - What Is Required - Exemptions - For More Information - Excerpt from What Is Required: Every facility not exempted from this proposed rule must prepare and implement a Food Defense...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Food Safety Modernization Act [Video]

Regulations have just been published impacting the food and animal food industries. The United States is undergoing its most comprehensive effort to reform U.S. Food Safety and Security Laws in more than 70 years. The Food...more

California Appellate Court Holds That Federal Law Preempts Unfair Competition Law Claims Tied to Organic Label

In a case of first impression in the state courts, a California appellate court delivered an early Christmas present Dec. 23 to beleaguered food and beverage companies facing an avalanche of lawsuits under California’s Unfair...more

USDA Finalizes Import Regulations For “Mad Cow Disease”

In November, the USDA announced a final rule that will align the Agency’s import regulations for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “mad cow disease”) with international standards. According to a USDA November news...more

How Will the Rise of Google Glass Impact the Food Industry?

Google glasses could impact the food industry in two ways. It could feed a growing consumer demand to know more about its food and it could better enable federal agencies to gather evidence during an inspection....more

Defeat on Washington I-522 GMO Labeling

State-sponsored GMO-labeling efforts faced defeat in Washington State’s November 2013 election. Voters rejected Washington State’s Initiative Measure 522 (I-522) proposal, 51.21 percent to 48.79 percent.1 Washington’s...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- October 7, 2013

In this Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Congress once again worked through the weekend, but based on the...more

Food Labels: Watch for Scary Ingredients

“If you use that word [natural], you’d better be sure you can defend every ingredient,” says Stern. Consumers are eager to know more about the food they buy, and companies are eager to tell them. But the companies face a...more

Foreign Food Producers Play Catch-Up as FDA Issues Draft Regulations to Implement New Food Safety Standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of implementing sweeping new regulations governing the production of both domestic and imported food products. Many foreign food producers will be at a...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - July 9, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Court Cites “Catalyst” Theory to Award Attorneys’ Fees for Label Changes ..Class Settlement Preliminarily Approved in Barbara’s Bakery “All Natural”...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

Agribusiness Alert: First Genetically-Engineered Food Labeling Legislation Passed by Connecticut

A critical issue in food production today is the use of genetically modified commodities in food production. Connecticut has recently become the first state to pass GMO labeling legislation, although about half of the states...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 24, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -Interior Department offers new rules for 'fracking': Los Angeles Times - May 16 - The U.S. Department of the Interior proposed new rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on...more

Comment Period Extended For Proposed FSMA Rules

Yesterday, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development hosted officials from the Food & Drug Administration at a "Listening Session" on the newly proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA),...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

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