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Reexamination of “Healthy” Continues with an FDA Public Meeting in March 2017

As we’ve previously reported, FDA has signaled its interest in reviewing the scope and meaning of the nutrient content claim “healthy,” in part as result of a dispute with KIND LLC about label claims for its KIND Bar...more

FDA to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss the Use of the Term “Healthy” in Food Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or agency) announced this week that it will be hold a public meeting on March 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to discuss the use of the term “healthy” in the labeling of food...more

Food for Thought: A Review of 2016 Litigation

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

Decoding New FDA Nutrition And Supplement Facts Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to fulfill its promise to provide food and dietary supplement companies with additional guidance on complying with the new final rules amending nutrition facts label...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Holds Ingredient List Label on Product Not an Absolute Defense to Claim for Deceptive Merchandising...

Murphy v. Stonewall Kitchen, LLC, No. 104072 (November 8, 2016)- The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, reversed a trial court’s order dismissing an action on the grounds that an ingredient list label was a...more

The Viability of the “Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine” Defense and Other Ways to Stem the Tide of Food & Beverage Class Actions

As our readers are well aware, in the past decade, food and beverage manufacturers have faced an unrelenting onslaught of putative class actions challenging allegedly false or misleading labels. In the January 2016 issue, we...more

Watch Out for Vegan Cheese: Labeling and Promotion of Vegan “Dairy Products” in the European Union

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) will soon decide on the issue of whether plant-based products may be labeled and promoted with product names intended for dairy products such as “Veggie-Cheese,” “Tofubutter”...more

Update: GMO labeling regs get Trumped

The Trump Administration’s latest executive orders have effectively prevented the USDA from promulgating rules on GMO food labeling. The development will likely throw a wrench in the USDA’s anticipated plans to give more...more

Keeping those New Year's resolutions just got a little easier in Ontario

The Ontario Healthy Menu Choices Act and its Regulations, which became effective January 1, 2017, aims to allow Ontarians to make informed food and beverage choices when eating in a restaurant or purchasing take-away meals. ...more

2017 Food And Beverage Industry Outlook: Part 2

As discussed in part 1 of this two-part series, the food and beverage industry is expected to see regulatory and legislative changes on multiple fronts in 2017. But industry observers also anticipate an active year in U.S....more

Clearing up Standards to Earn Government’s “Organic” Seal

Federal officials believe a new rule will increase consumer confidence in the government’s “organic” seal and allow for more uniform enforcement of standards concerning organic products. The Organic Livestock and Poultry...more

Deceptive Marketing — Is Coca-Cola taking a page book from the tobacco industry?

Coca-Cola has been called out in California for deceptively advertising is sugar-saturated sodas so it can sell more of them. A 39-page lawsuit filed in San Francisco makes 13 claims against the iconic beverage brand...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - January 2017 #2

Here comes CRISPR – gene-edited plants will soon hit grocery stores and dinner tables. According to a January 9 article in The New York Times, the longstanding dispute over the regulation of GMOs may soon take a dramatic new...more

Ninth Circuit Parses “Administrative Feasibility” and “Ascertainability” – Refuses to Acknowledge Either as a Prerequisite to...

The Ninth Circuit affirmed certification of putative class actions brought against ConAgra Foods, Inc. (“ConAgra”) by consumers who claimed that ConAgra’s “100% Natural” labels on Wesson cooking oils were false or misleading....more

False Labeling Lawsuits Get Hung Up On Faulty Damages Models

Food companies have several significant defenses to consumer fraud class actions over product labeling, say attorneys Joshua Briones and Crystal Lopez, and analyst Grace Rosales. The authors focus on damages, an area in which...more

Ninth Circuit and “Ascertainability”: No “Administratively Feasible” Method of Identifying Class Members Required

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to grant class certification, finding that, at the class certification stage, Rule 23 does not require plaintiffs to demonstrate that there is an...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - January

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Idaho ag-gag law back in court. In 2015, a federal court struck down...more

Food and Beverage Manufacturers That Use Added Sugar Be On Alert

The public health community has been more vocal over the last several years regarding the amount of sugar being used in food and beverages. On January 4, 2017, the Praxis Project (“Plaintiff”), a public health advocacy...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Implied "Ascertainability" Requirement for Class Certification

Deepening an already-existing circuit split, the Ninth Circuit has held that class certification is appropriate even if plaintiff has not shown that identifying class members is "administratively feasible." Expressly...more

Ninth Circuit Revives “All Natural” Label Class Action, but Affirms Decertification of Damages Class

In an unpublished decision that is significant for both shoppers and consumer food companies, the Ninth Circuit recently reversed a district court’s ruling that the label “All Natural Fruit” is not likely to deceive...more

What the FDA has in store for the food industry in 2017

As Life Sciences Decoded looks forward in 2017, it is clear that FDA-regulated industries have a great deal of change confronting them. Last year, 2016, was a landmark year for the FDA and food regulations, as the agency...more

Ascertainability Not Required In Ninth Circuit, But Manageability Remains

One of the first significant class action appellate decisions of 2017 was issued this week. In Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., No. 15-55727 (9th Cir. Jan. 3, 2017), the Ninth Circuit held that Rule 23 does not require that it...more

Ninth Circuit Joins Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits in Declining to Impose an “Administrative Feasibility” Requirement for...

The Ninth Circuit affirmed certification of putative class actions brought against ConAgra Foods, Inc. (“ConAgra”) by consumers who claimed that ConAgra’s “100% Natural” labels on Wesson cooking oils were false or misleading....more

Update on Health Canada's modernization makeover: changes to food labelling requirements

Health Canada’s “modernization makeover” continues. The Agency’s comprehensive review of regulations surrounding food and health products has already brought about considerable changes to several labelling requirements in the...more

California Court Denies Stay of Consumer Class Action Challenging “Natural Cheese”

On December 6, 2016, United States District Judge John A. Kronstadt for the Central District of California denied a motion to stay a class action alleging violations of the UCL, FAL, and CLRA against Kraft Foods Group, Inc....more

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