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FDA Seeks Input on Uses of “Natural” in Food and Beverage Labeling

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invited public comments on uses of the term “natural” in food and beverage labeling and whether “natural” should apply only to “unprocessed” foods. The FDA’s...more

Food for Thought: FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Salmon

On November 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved genetically engineered (GE) salmon for consumption as food. AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. filed an application with the FDA for the approval of AquAdvantage...more

Appetite for Litigation: Why Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Hunger for Food-Labeling Lawsuits

The food industry has become a fertile ground for class action lawsuits over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing down. New cases are decided daily. There are several factors that drive this trend and that are...more

FDA to Host First Public Meeting on Biotech Regulation Overhaul

On October 15, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted notice of a public meeting to be held on Friday October 30th, in order to clarify the current roles and responsibilities described in the Coordinated...more

The Patchwork Solidifies: GMO Bill Moves Forward in the House

The proposed Federal regulation of GMOs is proceeding. Following the White House’s recent action on GMOs, Representative Pompeo’s “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (H.R. 1599) was passed by the House Agriculture Committee...more

Food Labeling, Food Safety & Nutrition - July 2015

The Obama Administration’s robust use of executive authority on issues related to food labeling, food safety, and nutrition continue to position these issues as a priority for the remainder of the President’s term in office....more

FDA Gives Food Industry Three Years to Phase Out Partially Hydrogenated Oils from Food Products

On June 16, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a declaratory order, requiring a phasing out of the use of partially hydrogenated oils ("PHOs"). In its order, the FDA stated that partially hydrogenated oils...more

GMOs at the Ballot Box: the Drama Continues

Joining the rising tide of local GMO legislation, last week voters in Benton County, Oregon defeated the Benton County Local Food System Ordinance, which would have prohibited the cultivation of GMO crops in the county. The...more


The controversy continues regarding changes to food labeling laws. In a proverbial nutshell, the issue is whether food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should include labels that disclose that the...more

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

Food Safety & Nutrition

The regulatory and legislative outlook for Food Safety and Nutrition is, compared to other more contentious and politicized issues, fairly robust for the next two years. At the federal agencies, there will be continued...more

State of the GMO Union

Just how hot is GMO-labeling legislation? On Jan. 6, 2015, a Republican state senator introduced just such a bill - in Indiana, the nation’s breadbasket. Still, federal legislation on both sides of the issue has stalled, the...more

More GMO Woes: Another Corn Exporter Sues Syngenta for its Failure to Isolate its GMO Corn

Last month, Archer Daniels Midland Co. (“ADM”) joined a slew of corn exporters and other stakeholders who have sued Syngenta based on allegations that China rejected these exporters’ products because Syngenta’s genetically...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

FDA Announces Publication of Two Proposed Rules Implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act

On Friday, January 4, 2013, FDA announced the pre-publication of two long-awaited proposed rules implementing parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011....more

FDA Announces 100k Genome Project

The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are collaborating with the University of California Davis and Agilent Technologies, a chemical analysis/engineering company from Santa Clara,...more

FSIS Seeks Comments on Second Draft of HACCP Validation Guidance

On May 9, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS or Agency) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on the Agency’s revised draft guidance on the...more

Washington Policy Outlook (Presentation) - October 4, 2011

In This Presentation: THE MORE THINGS CHANGE. . . - The Usual Caveats and Thanks - Somatic Cell Count Fiasco - Animal Drug Residues Sampling - Electronic Reporting of Dairy Product Prices - Farm Bill/Federal...more

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