Food Labeling

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A Sea Change on the Horizon for California’s Food Court? FDA Calls for Comment on Use of the Term “Natural” for Food Products

At long last, FDA has called for public comment from the food and beverage industry, citizens, and other stakeholders on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling. As many readers of this newsletter know all too well,...more

FDA Places Ban on Import of GE Salmon

Reversing course from the end of 2015, FDA recently announced an import ban on genetically engineered (GE) salmon until such a time as comprehensive labeling guidelines are introduced. Despite FDA’s approval of GE salmon in...more

California "Organic" Labeling Decision: A Blueprint for More Class Actions of FDA Regulated Products?

In December 2015, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling in Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., which may affect many companies subject to FDA regulation, but particularly those that advertise and sell products as...more

Court of Justice of the European Union: Ruling on Package Design of Foodstuffs (Teekanne Felix)

By judgment of June 4, 2014, Case C-195/14, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that it is unlawful to use a package design for a fruit tea that gives the impression that an ingredient is present, when it...more

Labeling GMO’s — Too Late and Too Much

Commentators arguing that genetically-modified plants (and animals) or “GMO’s” have been prepared by conventional plant breeding, fail to address the central issue driving the debate about the safety of genetically-engineered...more

Food Litigation Newsletter

RECENT SIGNIFICANT FILINGS - Courts Lift Stays After FDA Stalls in Giving Guidance on ECJ - Perera v. Pac. Foods of Or., Inc., No. 3:14-cv-2074 (N.D. Cal.): In this putative class action alleging violations of...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: January 2016

Key Issues Facing Food Retailers - Compliance and Cybersecurity: Consero Group surveyed the general counsel of Fortune 1,000 companies in June 2015 and learned that 60 percent still lack the proper preparation for a...more

FDA Should Address Adverse Impacts of Artificial Food Coloring

Grocery store shelves are filled with foods that contain artificial coloring. Breakfast cereal. Cake frosting. Candy bars. Drink mixes. Up and down the aisles, Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and other chemical combinations lurk on...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - January 2016

Eye on the Courts: IP Cases for Retailers to Note - Why it matters - Retail companies have closely monitored a series of cases from the U.S. Supreme Court on down, which have focused on IP matters covering induced...more

FDA Extends Comment Period on “Natural” Food Labeling by 90 Days

In November we reported that the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was seeking public comments on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling, including foods that are genetically engineered or...more

“Just Mayo” Maker Convinces FDA That a Different Label Doesn’t Have to Include a Different Name

Back in September we blogged about the Warning Letter that FDA issued to Hampton Creek Foods, Inc. for its vegan food dressing and sandwich spread, “Just Mayo” and a similar product, “Just Mayo Sriracha.” In addition to...more

California Supreme Court Holds Organic Labeling Suit a Natural Fit in State Court

In December, the California Supreme Court held that a challenge to a farm’s labeling of its herbs as “organic” under state false advertising laws is not preempted by the federal Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (“Organic...more

Advertising Law - January 2016

Ending Challenge to FTC's Data Security Authority, Wyndham Settles - In a significant development, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts reached a deal with the Federal Trade Commission in the high-profile litigation that began...more

Confirmation of New FDA Head May Be Held Up By GE Salmon Labeling Issues

On January 12, 2016, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved the President’s nomination of Dr. Robert Califf as the next commissioner of food and drugs. (Senator Bernie...more

Food Litigation Newsletter

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 - Court Rejects Class Settlement Bid in MSG Case...more

California Supreme Court – Presumption Against Preemption Still Around

Last month, in Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., 361 P.3d 868 (Cal. 2015), the California Supreme Court did to “organic” foods what it had done to most other foods in Farm Raised Salmon Cases, 175 P.3d 1170 (Cal. 2008) –...more

(Un)COOL: How Congress (Unsuccessfully) Made Sausage Labeling Laws

Crises averted in international trade usually make good economics, but unsatisfying politics. They’re a half-loaf of success in which positioning, inertia and self-interest usually win. So it is with the recent repeal of meat...more

Obama Administration Lays Out 2016 Regulatory Plans for Food and Agriculture

President Obama’s administration recently released its Regulatory Plan, which lays out department-specific regulatory priorities. Of interest to the food and agriculture industry are the agendas from the U.S. Department of...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — December 2015

Pacira secures expanded marketing for painkiller medication as FDA agrees to settle lawsuit, revoke warning letter - The pharmaceutical industry won in its latest bid for more leeway to promote drugs for unapproved uses,...more

Agriculture, Food, and Health Issues to Watch for 2016

As the agriculture and food industries head into the new year, a number of important cases and regulatory issues that have the potential to dramatically affect the industry are front and center. Below, Armstrong Teasdale’s...more

Update: FDA Extends Comment Period for Input on Uses of “Natural” in Food and Beverage Labeling

On December 28, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended by 90 days the public comment period on the use of the term “natural” in food and beverage labeling. As discussed in an earlier post, the FDA is...more

FDA Extends Comment Period for “Natural” Input

As many of you know, FDA has opened a docket to accept comments on whether and how it should define the term “natural” for food labeling purposes. Today, FDA announced that it will be extending the comment period until May...more

Food Safety, Labeling, and Nutrition Update - December 2015 #2

As 2015 wraps up, there have been several important developments in Food Safety, Labeling, and Nutrition, most notably the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill expected to pass the House and Senate on Friday, December 18. The...more

Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal on LWCF Reauthorization and Include Language Concerning Labeling Guidelines for GE Salmon

On December 16, 2015, the House Appropriations Committee released the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. The 2,009-page bill includes full appropriations legislation and funding for the 12 annual appropriations bills...more

China’s new Food Safety Law “the harshest ever”

China’s new Food Safety Law took effect on October 1, 2015, and will have a far-reaching impact on importers, producers and sellers of food. The new law significantly expands the scope of the previous Food Safety Law, which...more

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