Food Contamination

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Contaminated Cheese Products Kill in California

Listeria monocytogenes returned to hospitals and media headlines as another outbreak killed a Californian and sickened seven others. ...more

USDA’s New Poultry Production Regulations Put Georgia Workers and the Public at Risk

Georgia is part of the U.S. poultry belt — the area of the country with the greatest concentration of chicken and turkey meat processing plants. Many jobs in the poultry production industry are extremely hazardous. Jobsite...more

The U.S. Food Supply: Danger in the Meat Department

A shortage of inspectors in the meat industry raises the specter of contaminated meat on the dinner tables of America. What you do not know can hurt you. ...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

Suing for Cyclospora-Related Illnesses

This past August, Atlanta Magazine reported that the national cyclospora outbreak infected 353 people throughout 15 states, including Georgia. Cyclospora is a one-celled parasite that causes an intestinal infection called...more

Food Contamination: Who Is Minding Our Food Providers?

One of the alarming aspects of the recent government shutdown was the feeling that no one was watching our food supply. Even with oversight in place, foodborne illnesses, also known as food poisoning, sicken one out of every...more

Latest Recalls Of Contaminated Products Highlight Negligence In The Food Supply System

You do all you can to promote a healthy diet for your family. Your efforts may include carefully reading labels, excluding artificial ingredients, limiting fats and sugars and increasing fruits and vegetables. ...more

A "Shift in Perspective": FDA Proposes Food Defense Rule to Protect against Terrorism; Burdens Food and Dietary Supplement...

On December 24, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register proposed new rules that are intended to protect the food supply from intentional "adulteration" (i.e., contamination)...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

Garden-Fresh Foods Expands Recall of Products Because of Possible Listeria Contamination

Garden-Fresh Foods recently expanded its voluntary recall of certain ready-to-eat salads, dips and slaw that are sold through a variety of brands because they may contain a dangerous strand of Listeria monocytogenes that pose...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

Particularly Egregious Product Failures Cause For Punitive Awards

Most nutrition experts agree that Americans could stand to eat less red meat and more fish. ...more

Advertising News & Analysis - August 8, 2013

In this issue: - Register Now for ERA D2C Convention - NAD Turns up the Heat on "Up To" Claims - The 411 on Calling Cell Phones? It's About to Change - FDA Targets Safety of Imported Food -...more

New FDA Food Safety Rules Will Affect Foreign Food Suppliers, Foreign Food Producers, U.S. Food Importers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released two proposed rules, one governing foreign supplier verification and the other governing third-party audits and certification. Comments are due by November 26, 2013....more

Court To Decide Whether FDA Regulation Of Lead In Baby Food Pre-empts California Proposition 65

One of the rare California Proposition 65 trials began on April 8, 2013 – the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) suit in Alameda County, CA Superior Court (ELF Lead In Food Case, available at...more

Monsanto Further Complicates The Biotech Foods Debate

Monsanto Co. made news, and some new enemies, recently when it was discovered that the company’s experimental genetically modified wheat – planted in several states between 1998 and 2005 – was found to have escaped...more

Current Developments in U.S. Food Regulation

The issue of food regulation, while not novel, has received increasing media and legislative attention. In 2013, an entire issue of Natural Resources & Environment will be devoted to the topic of food law and regulation. In...more

Years Later, PCA Employees Indicted

I had the following email exchange earlier this year with a concerned client: Client (in late January 2013): "Hi Steve, I was wondering if you knew of any cases where employees were prosecuted for not following...more

FDA Uses New Recall Power For First Time

More than two years ago, the Food Safety Modernization Act authorized, for the first time, the FDA to force a company to conduct a food recall. Prior to that, all food recalls (with the exceptions of baby formula) were...more

Perils Of The Global Supply Chain Series, Part 3: Groundbreaking ‘Honey Laundering’ Sting Signals New Era In Supply Chain...

Supply chain compliance is on the government’s enforcement radar like never before. If the recent Executive Order on Trafficking in Government Contracts and final SEC Conflict Minerals Rules were not notice enough, the...more

FDA Food Safety Rulemaking Tour Heads to the Northwest

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public meeting on FDA’s proposed food safety rules in Portland, OR on March 27-28. The rules implement portions of the recent Food Safety Modernization Act by...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

When Food Production Leads to Prosecution

Over the last few weeks, two big stories have made headlines in the food industry. Beginning in early February, news media across Europe began reporting that food products tested in several European countries contained...more

Product Liability Annual Review -- 2012

In This Issue: Letter from Chair; Key Practice Highlights; Aviation; Consumer Products and Toxic Torts; Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices; Awards + Rankings; Publications; Key Contacts. Excerpt from...more

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