Food Contamination

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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

What You Should Know Before You Grill — FDA Finds Meat Contaminated With Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) tracks and assesses the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the nation’s foods and food-producing animals. The government department partners with the...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

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

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

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

11th Circuit Case Signals Split on Law vs. Regulation vs. … Contract?

On February 22, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated the smuggling and conspiracy convictions of two importers of allegedly tainted cheese products in the case of United States of America v. Yuri...more

“Food Fraud Database”: a New Tool to Protect Against Tainted Ingredients

Last week, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (“USP”), a scientific nonprofit that sets standards for food ingredients, medicines and dietary supplements enforceable by the Food and Drug Administration, released an updated...more

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