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Majority in favour of improving fairness in EU food supply chain

by Hogan Lovells on

Initial responses to the European Commission’s public consultation on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer suggest that, bar retailers, the majority of significant stakeholders (including Member States, farmer groups,...more

5 New Laws: California Governor Approves Employee-Friendly Laws

The 2017 California Legislature adjourned on September 15, 2017, and resulted in more than 700 bills being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. Although the deadline for the Governor to sign new bills into law...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #2

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Chicago Repeals SSB Tax After Two Months of Enforcement - Chicago officials have voted to repeal a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax approved in November 2016 by the Cook County Board of Commissioners but delayed by a...more

Improvements To Housing Of Farm Animals Must Be Science-Based, Sustainable, And Performed In A Cost-Effective Manner

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On October 12, 2017 Nestlé USA announced that by 2024 they would “strive to source all of the broiler chickens we use as ingredients for our U.S. food portfolio from sources meeting a higher standard of animal welfare,...more

FinTech Highlights from CFTC Chairman Giancarlo’s Testimony Before House Agricultural Committee

by Perkins Coie on

Earlier this week, CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo testified before the House Agricultural Committee. The following are highlights of “Fin Tech” issues addressed during the course of that testimony....more

USDA Announces $21 Million In Funding For Biobased Products

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased...more

FDA Announces Meeting, Calls For Comments On FDA/USDA Agricultural Biotechnology Education And Outre

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 12, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two public meetings regarding its Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative. The meetings will be held in Charlotte, North...more

Spero Energy Receives SBIR Grant For Biobased Chelates

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

USDA awarded Spero Energy Inc. a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $100,000 to conduct research and development to increase the availability and competitiveness of biobased products within the agricultural...more

Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones Act Extended

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

On September 27, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed an extension of the Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones Act. Rather than sunsetting on January 1, 2019, the Act now extends until January 1, 2029....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - October 2017

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FDA formally delays effective date of new Nutrition Facts label. The FDA has extended the compliance deadline for the new Nutrition Facts label until January 1, 2020 for large manufacturers and January 1, 2021 for...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017

OIG Report Suggests Improvements to FSMA Enforcement - A report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...more

Not All Buffalos Are Alike: Court Finds No Likelihood Of Consumer Confusion Between Bourbon Bottle And Wine Bottle Trade Dress

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, Sazerac Co. Inc. v. Fetzer Vineyards, N.D. Cal. (Sept. 19, 2017) (Judge William Orrick) - Winemaker Fetzer Vineyards recently escaped a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by...more

Watershed Protection/Flood Prevention Program: U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces Local Watershed Grants...

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) announced in an October 4th news release plans to invest in what it describes as...more

Senate Committee Holds Hearing On 2018 Farm Bill

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 28, 2017, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing titled “Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill” to gather stakeholder input regarding the...more

Revised Data Requirements for China Pesticide Registration Issued

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 29, 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture of China (MOA) issued the final revisions to Data Requirements on Pesticide Registration (MOA Proclamation No. 2569). The revisions will become effective on November 1, 2017,...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 6

by Jones Day on

TOP NEWS - FDA Proposes New Compliance Dates for the Water Provisions of the Produce Safety Final Rule - On September 13, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed rule to extend, for covered produce...more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Mississippi County, Arkansas Terminal Grain Elevator Enter into...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Poinsett Rice & Grain, Inc. (“PRGI”) entered into a September 8th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of an air permit. See LIS...more

DOJ Filing Lawsuits Against U.S. Companies Allegedly Discriminating Against Americans

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Sept. 28, 2017, that the newly formed Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) of the Civil Rights Division filed a lawsuit against an agricultural producer headquartered...more

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association: Tyson Foods Scranton, Arkansas Facility Wins Clean Water Award (Full Treatment Category)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (“Association”) announced in a September 21st news release that Tyson Foods River Valley Animal Foods (“Tyson”) in Scranton, Arkansas was a recipient of the 2017 Clean Water Award....more

Tax Law Uncertainty Should Not Delay Farming Business Succession Planning

by Downey Brand LLP on

President Trump promised and will pursue tax reform, but Congress must agree to any proposal. For the most part, a majority vote in both houses would allow tax reform for about a decade, and at least sixty Senate votes would...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | September 2017 #3

FDA Announces Final FSMA Produce Safety Rule - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the produce safety rule of the Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2010 (FSMA) is now final, establishing...more

MI Farmers React to EPA Announcement to Formally Rescind WOTUS Rule

by Varnum LLP on

Michigan farmers have actively challenged the necessity of the Obama administration’s Water of the U.S. or WOTUS Rule. Michigan Farm Bureau Associate National Legislative Counsel John Kran recently reacted to the announcement...more

Examination of Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands: September 19th U.S. Senate...

The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing titled - To Examine Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands - The hearing was also scheduled...more

Ninth Circuit Weighs in on “Field and Obstacle Preemption,” Reversing District Court’s Finding of Preemption

Whenever a claim is made that a state law has been prempted by an analogous federal law, the courts will rigorously test the strength of the claim. As as example, in a preemption case decided on September 15, by the U.S....more

Animal Feeding Operations Emission Estimation Methods: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General Report

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a September 19th report titled: Eleven Years After Agreement, EPA Has Not Developed Reliable Emission Estimation...more

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