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U.S. House Committee on Agriculture - Mandatory Biotechnology Labeling Laws

Purpose - The purpose of this hearing was to examine the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Members Present - Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Peterson, and Representatives Davis (IL),...more

2015 Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Congressional Outlook - Senate Committees - House Committees - Excerpt from Congressional Outlook: Deadlines, Expirations, and Important Dates in 2015 - As the 114th...more

End of 2014 Tax Law Changes

ABLE Accounts: A new law titled “Achieving a Better Life Experience” (ABLE) allows the establishment of tax-free accounts that can be used to save for disability-related expenses. ABLE accounts can be created by individuals...more

EPA’s Recently Released Revised Human Health Risk Assessment for Chlorpyrifos Reflects New Implementation of EPA Policy

The spray drift and volatilization policies were discussed in an October 2014 webinar and discussed in our September 17, 2014, memorandum. EPA’s Revised Risk Assessment Methods for Workers, Children of Workers in Agricultural...more

Uncovering Factory Farming - The Effects of Ag Gag Laws [Video]

Ag-Gag laws, or whistleblower laws specific to the factory farming industry, have been prevalent in recent news as new laws are both enacted and struck down in states across the nation. These laws illuminate the...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - Food and Beverage Alert (US): October 2014

School Nutrition Association responds to critical article, sets forth its views on healthy lunches. The School Nutrition Association, which represents school cafeterias across the nation, responded on October 7 to a New York...more

FDA Announces More Changes to FSMA Implementation Rules

On September 19, 2014, FDA announced potential changes to four rules that the agency proposed in 2013 to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act (“FSMA”). FSMA was signed into law in January 2011 in response to many...more

Food and Drug Administration Not Required to Ban Antibiotics Given to Food-Producing Animals

A federal appeals court recently ruled that the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") does not have to ban the practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy, food-producing animals. This ruling is controversial because of public...more

California Legislative Update: September 2014

In September 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a number of bills that will impact the employer community. Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014—Paid Sick Leave (AB 1522) - On...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - Food and Beverage Alert (US): September 2014

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Poll indicates strong support by parents for school lunch standards. On...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

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

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

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

Health Tax Hammers Small Business

A prominent member of the agriculture community wants to see part of the so-called Obamacare health care reform package thrown out, saying it will cause undue hardship on small business owners, notably farmers....more

Stealth Lawyer: Tama Matsuoka Wong, Forager for Restaurant Daniel [Video]

Ex-lawyer Tama Matsuoka Wong has a rather unusual job: she's the official forager for Daniel, the New York City restaurant of acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud. The former in-house counsel for Merrill Lynch had been gathering...more

Massachusetts Landlords Smoking Mad About New Medical Marijuana Law

Burned up Massachusetts landlords are fuming with concern over the state’s newly passed but hazy medicinal marijuana law. The law — rolling out Jan. 1 — grants medical marijuana users the right to grow a two-month supply of...more

OFAC Publishes New Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations

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

Russia's Accession to the WTO: Benefits and Risks

On August 22, 2012, the World Trade Organization welcomed Russia as its 156th member. As a result, Russia will lower its tariffs on imports of goods across all sectors of the economy and will reduce trade barriers. This will...more

Village of Interlaken passes ban on 'puppy mills'

The village of Interlaken is the latest area municipality to ban so-called “puppy mills." At its April 12 meeting, the Village Board enacted the ban as part of its overhaul of the entire village code, according to...more

Federal Lawmakers Urge FDA to Require GMO Labeling

WASHINGTON, March 14 (LID) – A bipartisan group of 55 members of Congress this week urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. The 45 House members and 10...more

Eradicating Food Desert Key to Chicago's Competitiveness

Chicagoans have reason to applaud an impressive 39% drop over the past five years in the number of city residents living in its “food desert,” those low-income neighborhoods where affordable and nutritious food is hard to...more

Combating Childhood Obesity: a survey of laws affecting the built environments of low-income and minority children

Childhood overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions, with nearly one out of every three children in the United States being affected. That factors in the built environment are closely correlated to childhood...more

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