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Regulatory and Product Liability Overview for Distributors of Food Products in California

Welcome to California! California is a great place to live and work, and we are fortunate to call it home. But there is no sugarcoating the fact that California presents unique and daunting challenges to product...more

GMO Food Labels, Our Emotions and the “Rationalist’s Delusion”

Politicians often referred to a 90% consumer preference for food labels signaling the existence of genetically modified ingredients—or GMOs as they are known—during this year’s congressional hearings regarding the now enacted...more

FDA to Redefine “Healthy;” Requests Public Comment and Issues New Guidance

FDA hinted in May that it was planning to reconsider its longstanding and controversial criteria for using the term “healthy.” Today, it announced the beginning of the formal process to make changes to the definition of the...more

FDA Guides Industry For Use Of “Healthy” On Food Packaging

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced guidance regarding using the term “healthy” in the labeling of human food products. As background, the FDA issued final rules updating the Nutrition Facts label...more

Thompson Coburn presents a CLE on FSMA, looming deadlines and new regulations: Is the food industry ready?

The US Food and Drug Administration continues its ongoing implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA). The law, which aimed to take the first hard look at the American food supply in decades, has...more

Debate growing over preemption of state claims over organic produce labeling

Recently, the Eastern District of New York held that the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C §§ 6501–6522) preempts various state claims that Abbott Laboratories, Inc. falsely labeled its Similac® Advance® Organic...more

Responsibility for FSMA Preventive Controls: If Not You, Then Who?

We wrote earlier this week about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and what it means, from a 30,000 foot perspective, for food companies. Today we are going to dig in a little deeper to one issue that we’ve seen...more

Empty spaces causing big problems: the rise of slack-fill litigation

Last month, a district court judge in California dismissed a highly publicized lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed that Starbucks’ iced beverages contained too much ice and not enough coffee. The suit was the subject of...more

[Webinar] Statutory Changes, New Regulations, and Compliance Deadlines Under the Food Safety Modernization Act - October 4th,...

This online presentation will discuss the revisions to the Food Safety and Modernization Act as well as the regulations implementing the Act. The primary focus of the presentation will be on the new rules affecting food...more

Food and Beverage Alert - September 2016

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Colorado judge permits Boulder initiative on sugary drinks to proceed. A...more

Do Consumers Know Better? Chobani, Facing False-Advertising Suit, Thinks So

As with cigarettes like American Spirit and other products, consumers have been conscripted into the crux of a legal battle against a food manufacturer and its Greek yogurt. Yes, you, I and millions of other Americans who...more

‘Where’s the beef?’ The FCA and its whistleblower protections

Thirty-two years ago, 81-year-old actress Clara Peller filmed a commercial for the Wendy’s fast-food chain. She mar­veled at a hamburger with an enormous fluffy bun and grum­bled the immortal words: “Where’s the beef?” Since...more

Summer Vacay? Not for FDA.

While you were (hopefully) lounging at the beach or hiking mountains, the FDA was hard at work in Washington D.C. churning out final rules and guidance documents that impact food companies in various, and sometimes...more

When Natural Just Ain’t — Post Cereal Trying to Redefine “Natural”

What’s in a name? According to a trio of plaintiffs who in June 2016 sued cereal maker Post, a lot more than Shakespeare’s Juliet would have Romeo believe....more

Nature’s Way Can’t Slide Out of Coconut Oil Suit

On August 12, 2016, Southern District of California Judge William Q. Hayes denied most of a motion to dismiss and motion to strike in Hunter v. Nature’s Way Products, LLC, Case No. 16cv532-WQH-BLM. The putative class action...more

Georgia Magistrate Judge Limits OSHA Safety Inspections in Poultry Plants

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fighting a Gainesville, Georgia, magistrate judge’s recommendation that would restrict its new regional worker-safety program aimed at poultry processing facilities....more

New FSMA Compliance Deadlines Impact Written Customer Assurances

In an August 23 action, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended a range of compliance dates and clarified compliance obligations for provisions within four foundational rules set forth by the Food Safety...more

FDA Issues Final Rule on Food Ingredients that May Be Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued this final rule detailing the criteria for concluding that the use of a substance in human or animal food is “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). By way of background,...more

Intrusive surveillance systems for security purposes: the line Big Brother must not cross

Technological developments and the need for employers to monitor employees’ activities and to minimize accidents and hazards require constant adjustments in order to respect the right to privacy. While it may be tempting for...more

New Federal Law Will Require Disclosure of GMO Content in Food

A new federal law will require food makers to disclose when foods contain genetically modified ingredients. The law, which was recently signed by President Obama, will require such food products to be labeled with text,...more

Not So Sweet: The Debate Over Evaporated Cane Juice

FDA’s final guidance expresses its view that the phrase “evaporated cane juice” is false and misleading. “Evaporated cane juice” has become a popular ingredient in everything from yogurt to cookies, attracting consumers...more

That’s Tainted! What Employers Should Know About OSHA’s Enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act

Lost in all the landscape-altering changes made by OSHA during the last 18 months was its adoption of enforcement procedures for handling retaliation claims under the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”). Employers...more

The updated face of food labels: The nutrition facts panel

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the federal Food and Drug Administration has recently published two rules concerning the nutrition facts panel on foods and the supplement facts panel on dietary supplements....more

Obama signs GMO label bill into law

On Friday, July 29, US President Obama signed into law S. 764, which overturns Vermont's GMO label law and establishes a national standard for GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling. The US House of Representatives...more

New GMO Legislation Signed into Law

With Congress’s freshly enacted GMO labeling bill, the devil is in the implementing details. On July 29, US President Barack Obama signed legislation that establishes a national disclosure requirement for identifying...more

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