Food Contamination

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The Last Set of Major FSMA Regulations Are Done!

The last of FDA’s seven “foundational” rules mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) was published at the end of last month, just a few days before the May 31, 2016 deadline agreed to by the Agency...more

Major Federal Food Safety Law Depends on Individual State Enforcement

In 2011, Congress approved the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in response to several deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. These outbreaks convinced legislators and food industry groups that the then-existing food...more

FSMA Food Defense Rule Requires Firms to Address Risk of Terrorism

In an effort to prevent wide-scale public harm through the nation’s food supply from acts of terrorism, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published its final rule regarding Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food...more

FDA Publishes Final Rule for Protection Against Intentional Adulteration as Part of Food Safety Modernization Act

FDA has published as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) a final rule concerning mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration. The rule will require domestic and foreign food facilities...more

Compensating “Disgust”: Psychoanalyzing Emotional Distress Claims Involving Food Products

You’re a sheriff’s deputy and you’re hungry. You stop at the local Burger King drive-thru and order a Whopper with cheese. You often eat five meals a day—frequently at fast food restaurants—because you work night shifts. ...more

Another Statute With Broad Whistleblower Protections - The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

In April, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final rule governing unlawful retaliation against workers who complain about or disclose food safety concerns to their employer or to OSHA....more

Product Recalls and Insurance: Considerations to Maximize Covered Expenses

Berries. Walnuts. Wholesome. Healthy. But not when they may be contaminated with harmful bacteria. On May 10, 2016, grocery store chain Publix announced a voluntary recall of its cranberry nut and seed mix. Publix learned of...more

OSHA Publishes Food Safety Whistleblower Final Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule April 18, 2016 setting forth the procedures for retaliation complaints arising under the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends Series - April 2016 #2

Kellogg will voluntarily label its GMO-containing products. On March 23, Kellogg Corp. became the latest major food manufacturer to announce that it plans to voluntarily label those products that it sells that contain GMOs....more

FSMA Final Rule Published on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

The Final Rule contains notable changes from what was originally proposed. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final rule earlier this month regarding Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food...more

A Decade Later, Rules for the Sanitary Transportation of Food Finally Finalized by FDA

Last week, FDA finalized new food safety regulations seeking to ensure the sanitary transport of human and animal food, as required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The final Sanitary Transportation of Human...more

FDA Publishes Sixth FSMA Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") today officially published the sixth of seven total final rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act ("FSMA"). The final rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2016

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Senate confirms new FDA commissioner. On February 24, the US Senate confirmed,...more

Food Safety Criminal Prosecutions: When Compliance is a Matter of Life and Death

Over the last ten to twenty years, we have witnessed the expansion of federal criminal prosecution of health and safety matters. Environmental and food and drug regulatory enforcement has been supplemented by aggressive...more

Coalition Challenges National Marine Fisheries Service Rules for Regulating Offshore Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico

On February 12th, a coalition led by the Center for Food Safety filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana challenging the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (“NMFS”) final rule implementing...more

“‘Tis As Easy As Lying”: Pennsylvania Court Rescinds Policy of Corporate Giant

Claims, arguments and tactics that are familiar from coverage disputes with consumers are increasingly being used against carriers by large corporate insureds—often with the assistance of well-known plaintiffs’ firms. Once in...more

FDA creates new rigorous produce safety requirements

Over the last 10 years, a significant number of outbreaks of contaminated foods, including E. coli and Listeria, have caused severe adverse health events – even death – for many American consumers. In November 2015, the Food...more

2015 Food Industry Decisions With Bite

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others...more

New Final USDA Rule to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

On February 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the issuance of its final rule designed to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw chicken breasts, legs...more

New York Rescission Law Strikes Again: Lessons Learned From the Voiding of Heinz’s Product Contamination Insurance Policy

An increasingly popular tool in the insurer’s toolset is attempted rescission of the policy. This tool is particularly sharp if the law applicable to the construction of the policy is that of New York. Earlier this week, the...more

USDA Announces New Standards to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

New standards promulgated by the Food Safety and Inspection Service pose new challenges to the poultry industry. On February 4, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)...more

Companies Beware! New Sentencing Guidelines for Health & Safety and Food Hygiene Offences

On 1 February 2016, new guidelines on the sentencing of health and safety and food offences (Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guidelines the “Guidelines”) came...more

Understanding the Risk and Defending Against Food-Borne Illness Class Action Litigation

Companies in the food and beverage industry are routinely confronted with false advertising claims making incredulous allegations. Recently, consumers claimed to be misled because “Froot Loops” has no real fruit and there are...more

Mild, Medium or Spicy?—Unwrapping the Chipotle Investigation

Right before Thanksgiving 2015, the news was replete with discussion of outbreaks of E. coli and potential other viruses at Chipotle restaurants. Information concerning the possible danger in consuming food at the popular...more

Locally Sourced, Pasture-Raised, Non-GMO, and coming soon . . . E. Coli Free!

Chipotle has certainly had a rough few weeks. With news of at least another 80 people sickened (apparently from a norovirus this time) after eating at a Boston area Chipotle (on top of at least 52 people in six states from E....more

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