Food Allergies

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Food Litigation Newsletter - July 2015

THIS NEWSLETTER AIMS to keep those in the food industry up to speed on developments in food labeling and nutritional content litigation. RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - District Court Dismisses and Stays False...more

New Laws in Local Jurisdictions

A number of new laws went into effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia as of July 1, 2015. These include the following: In Virginia: Employers are no longer permitted to require workers or job...more

Is Your Cocktail Lounge Taking Steps To Avoid Allergy Risks?

A rising percentage of Americans suffer from food-related allergies, and while efforts to warn of potential food allergies has become commonplace in restaurants, the issue gets surprisingly little attention in bars or...more

Be Global - June 2015

Whistleblowing: An employer's guide to global compliance - As the global push to combat corruption in government, politics, civil society and business gathers pace, whistleblowing continues to be a topic of ever...more

Food and Hospitality Bites - Autumn 2014

IN THIS ISSUE: - Allergen labelling – the new requirements - Licensing and deregulation - Late Night Levy – Update - The new Tobacco Products Directive - The Horsemeat Scandal - The Alcohol Misuse Manifesto...more

CDC Releases Food Allergy Guidelines For Schools

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommended guidelines to schools on how to serve students with food allergies. The Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and...more

President Expected To Sign Epi-Pen School Food Allergies Bill

As reported by the Washington Post, President Obama is expected to sign a bill into law encouraging states to require schools to take greater efforts to protect students with food allergies. The bipartisan bill was proposed...more

Food Allergies as Disabilities?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed claims against Lesley University for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

New FDA Rule Provides Standard Definition of "Gluten-Free" for Food Labeling

The FDA has at long last adopted formal and final rules regarding the voluntary labeling of products as being “Gluten-Free.” While the rules announced on Aug. 2 will not be enforced until September 2014, it is recommended...more

Risk-Management Mechanisms Associated With Gluten Allergies

Approximately 1% of the United States population is allergic to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. For these individuals, gluten consumption may result in vomiting, bloating, anemia, osteoporosis, diabetes,...more

Why Does Food Mislabeling Outrage Consumers?

“There’s a Chinese restaurant on every block, and if you think mouths won’t water when you come strolling by, then you don’t know squat about Oriental cuisine. They prize the taste of dog, friend. The chefs round up strays...more

FDA Will Finally Weigh In on “Gluten-Free” Labeling Requirements

Over the past several years, consumers have no doubt seen an increase in “gluten-free” representations on food labels and restaurant menus. But what does “gluten-free” really mean and why is it important? After years of...more

Act Now Advisory: DOJ Serves Notice: Celiac Disease and Severe Allergies Now Classified as Disabilities Under the ADA -...

A recent settlement agreement between the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") and Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts explicitly extends the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") to...more

University Agrees To Modify Dining Services To Accommodate Food Allergies under the ADA

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached an agreement with Lesley University of Cambridge, Massachusetts, under which Lesley agreed to modify its food services and meal plan system to accommodate students with celiac...more

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