Food Contamination

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CEO Conviction Aligns With Trend of Aggressive Foodborne Illness Prosecutions

The former CEO of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), has been sentenced to an unprecedented 28 years for his role in the 2008-09 Salmonella outbreak linked to the deaths of nine people and more than 700 illnesses. While it...more

Long-awaited overhaul of FDA food safety rules arrives – Part I: Introducing HARPC, changes to cGMP

Since the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011, the FDA has promulgated proposed rules that overhaul the old Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) rule and create new Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative...more

Long-Awaited FSMA Final Rules Published

On September 10, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made public two final Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules: Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls...more

Food Safety’s Shifting Paradigm

The recent news that Stewart Parnell, convicted former Peanut Corporation of America CEO, is facing a possible life sentence as a consequence of his role in the nine deaths and hundreds of illnesses caused by PCA’s salmonella...more

Arsenic In Calif. Wine, But Is There A Problem?

A class action was filed in California Superior Court on March 19, 2015, Doris Charles et al. v. The Wine Group Inc. et al., case no. BC576061, that has raised a number of questions about the extent to which arsenic should be...more

California’s Highest Court Refuses to Review Denial of Coverage Under Contamination Products Insurance Policy for Ground Beef...

On May 20, 2015, the California Supreme Court denied Windsor Food Quality Company, Ltd.’s (Windsor’s) petition for review of the decision of the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District of California that denied...more

Food for Thought: Jail Sentences Send Strong Message to Food Industry

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett in Sioux City, Iowa, sentenced Austin (Jack) DeCoster and his son Peter to three months in jail for their role in selling contaminated food across state lines. Their company,...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends Series

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Nestle Purina hit by lawsuit over allegedly poisonous dog food. A lawsuit...more

California Court Considers Contaminated Food Product Coverage

In Windsor Food Quality Company, LTD. v. The Underwriters of Lloyds of London, 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 195 (Cal. App. Feb. 6, 2015), the California Court of Appeals considered whether an ingredient obtained from a supplier and...more

Another Listeria Outbreak Reminds Food Industry to Revisit Insurance Program

On December 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that U.S. consumers not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples and that retailers not sell or serve them as they...more

Partial Recall: Product Contamination Coverage Has Its Limits

In disputes over the scope of liability coverage, courts must often draw a line between (1) providing insurance against errors that harm others and (2) broadly guaranteeing the work product of the insured. The problem is...more

EuGH: Einzelhändler können für Belastungen von in Verpackungen geliefertem Geflügelfleisch verantwortlich sein

Der EuGH urteilte, dass ein ausschließlich auf der Vertriebsstufe tätiger Unternehmer für das Inverkehrbringen von nicht zum Verzehr geeigneten Lebensmittel zur Verantwortung gezogen werden kann. Der Einzelhandel sollte sich...more

Contaminated Oysters in Virginia Restaurant Enough for Jurisdiction Under "Stream of Commerce" Test

Contaminated oysters served at a Roanoke restaurant were placed in the "stream of commerce" by a Connecticut seafood supplier, and thus served as the basis for the Western District of Virginia to exercise personal...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

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

Company Agrees to $6.8 Million Fine For Selling Tainted Eggs and Bribing Official

While foreign bribery makes for sensational headlines, a Midwest egg company recently discovered why U.S. enforcement actions for domestic bribery have resulted in a sharp increase in corporate fines. The egg company agreed...more

FSIS Proposes New Recordkeeping Requirements for Ground Beef Processors/Retailers

The proposal, if adopted, will require new recordkeeping by both processing establishments and retail facilities that grind raw beef products....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

FDA clarifies its stance on cheese making. On June 13, the FDA issued a clarification stating it “does not have a new policy banning the use of wooden shelves in cheese-making, nor is there any requirement in effect...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

GMA, others say 2009 FDA guidance on use of the term “evaporated cane juice” has caused chaos in food industry. In 2009, the FDA told manufacturers not to use the term “evaporated cane juice” on the grounds that the...more

CDC: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Foster Farms Chicken

It has been one year since an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg was first identified and linked to Foster Farms raw chicken and since then the numbers of individuals affected keeps growing. Last month, an additional 43 people...more

Federal Court Report - Sometimes it’s Just Better to Leave “Well-Enough” Alone

In Sisk v. Abbott Laboratories, — F.R.D. –, No. 1:11-cv-159 (W.D.N.C. Feb. 10, 2014) (J., Reidinger), after prevailing in part on its motion for summary judgment, the defendant asked the court for the Western District to...more

Insuring Your Business - March 2014: Is That Covered? Timely Reporting of Food Claims

When food producers and distributors are faced with a product recall, one of the most common questions is: How soon, if at all, do you report the claim to your insurance company? The answer is simple—you should be reporting...more

New Wave of Prop 65 Notices Target Rice Industry

This week, Consumer Advocacy Group (CAG), a non-profit organization that files numerous Proposition 65 (Prop 65) lawsuits each year, issued notices of violation alleging that 15 companies violated California law by selling...more

FDA Proposes Food Defense Rule to Protect Against Intentional Adulteration

New mandate would apply to major U.S. and international food processors and handlers. On December 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) issued a proposed rule, Focused Mitigation Strategies to...more

"You Want Fries With That? New North Carolina Law Restricts Obesity Related Tort Claims"

North Carolina House Bill 683, known as the Commonsense Consumption Act (“Act”), became effective on October 1, 2013. The Act contains two main provisions. First, it provides that no city or county ordinance may prohibit the...more

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