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PREPARING FOR FIC (II)

Food supplements are classified by EU law as foodstuffs. As such, the legal provisions that apply to regular food generally apply to food supplements too. This News Alert looks at FIC rules which particularly impact food...more

EU Moves Forward with Restriction on Lead in Consumer Products

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has adopted a proposed restriction of lead in consumer articles. Specifically, the restriction proposal aims to reduce children’s exposure to lead from putting consumer products in their...more

Class actions: now in Belgium

Class actions are a hot topic in Europe, and elsewhere. Various European countries have introduced, or are in the process of introducing, class action mechanisms. At the European Union level a similar development is...more

Toy Companies Sued for Importing Defective Products

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed suit in federal court against four California companies and six individuals for importing products that violate the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (“FHSA”) and the...more

Large Retailer Fined for Violating Australia’s Product Safety Laws

At the end of December, Dimmeys, a large Australian discount department store, was fined approximately $3 million dollars by an Australian court for violating Australia’s federal product safety laws for the fifth time. The...more

Is US-style class action litigation coming to the EU? European Commission calls for collective redress mechanisms in EU national...

The European Commission is calling for European Union member states to introduce an injunctive and compensatory collective redress mechanism to their national procedural rules by July 26, 2015. In many respects, the concept...more

Tougher Product Liability Provisions Following The Release Of Long-Awaited Amendments To Consumer Rights And Interests Protection...

OVERVIEW - The rise of consumerism in China over the past ten years, accompanied by huge increases in domestic consumption, has spurred greater regulatory enforcement in the area of product liability, as well as...more

New EU Cosmetics Regulation already in effect – 9 things for manufacturers and importers to know

A new European Union cosmetics regulation, already in effect, more broadly defines what a cosmetic is and changes the EU’s approach to cosmetics safety, holding that a cosmetic product must be safe for human health....more

Product safety law and compliance in Germany

An overview - When placing consumer products on the German market, various product safety standards have to be met. The applicable rules and regulations can be quite difficult to determine. Failure to comply will...more

European Commission Plans to Change Consumer Product Safety Rules

The European Commission plans to introduce new rules to improve the safety regime applicable to non-food consumer products distributed in the EU. The Commission has put forward a new package of measures to provide more...more

When Food Production Leads to Prosecution

Over the last few weeks, two big stories have made headlines in the food industry. Beginning in early February, news media across Europe began reporting that food products tested in several European countries contained...more

GAO reports on CPSC’s challenges in addressing product safety

The United States (US) Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) authority and ability to stay generally informed about new risks associated with consumer products and...more

Compliance Update: Toys & children's products, Q1 2012

A summary of the latest global proposals, enactments, amendments, and enforcements applicable to toys and children's products, including apparel, food contact articles, and jewelry. Includes updates on chemicals of high...more

Australia Expands Warranty Protection for Consumers

Exporting to Australia just got a little trickier for consumer product and service providers. The Australian Consumer Law (the “Act”) was recently amended to expand the warranty protections afforded to consumers. These...more

Complying With Brazil's Consumer Protecting Code

Brazil, as the seventh largest economy in the world, and the fifth largest nation in terms of land mass, continues to present great market opportunities to foreign investors.  Product or service suppliers can enjoy great...more

Limitation of Liability in a Supply Contract

In order to ensure that the terms and conditions set forth in the Supply Agreement can be enforceable, the clauses related with exclusion of limitation of liabilities needs to be observed and revised in accordance with UCTA....more

Spin Master Fined $1.3 Million for Harmful Aqua Dots Toy

Spin Master, a Canadian toy manufacturer, has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle claims with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding the import and sale of Aqua Dots, which is a banned hazardous...more

FDA’s Special Report on Product Safety and Quality

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a special report on product safety and quality designed to meet the challenges imposed by the increasing number of FDA-regulated imports and a complex global supply...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

REACH - An Enforcement Update

In the months leading up to the REACH first registration date on 1 December 2010, the focus of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) was understandably on the 25,000 registration dossiers submitted. It is understood that it is...more

New Circular from The Ministry of Health Regarding The Export and Import of Drugs and of Primary Packaging

Please find below recent client alert regarding "New Circular from the Ministry of Health Regarding the Export and Import of Drugs and of Primary Packaging"....more

Information on the New Law on Food Safety

Please find below the recent Client Alert sent out regarding the New Law on Food Safety....more

Experts Predict Passage of the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2010: What Does This Law Mean to U.S. Importers...

One of the more controversial bills brewing in Congress is the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2010. Although a variation of this bill was introduced in the Senate Finance Committee last year, it received...more

Cadmium Products Now in Crosshairs of Federal and State Legislators

With lead banned in children's products by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), many American politicians, regulators and consumer groups are now calling for a ban on cadmium, another toxic metal that...more

Toxic Dangers from Kids' Metal Jewelry from China

Testing of children's cheap jewelry trinkets has found toxic levels of heavy metals including cadmium and lead, according to an Associated Press report. Please see full article below for more information....more

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