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Slack-fill Litigation on the Rise

The recent filing of a proposed class action targeting Mondelez International, Inc. for the amount of empty space in its Sour Patch Watermelon candy boxes is the latest lawsuit targeting consumer goods manufacturers for...more

Sweden’s Request to Ban American Lobster in the EU Risks Violating the Rules of the WTO

On February 29, 2016, the Swedish Government requested that the European Union impose a ban on imports of U.S./Canadian live lobster (Homarus americanus). Sweden argued that Homarus americanus is an “alien invasive species”...more

GMO Disclosures and Claims: A Possible End to the U.S. GMO Labeling Controversy?

On July 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed an important amendment to S. 764 to establish a mandatory nationwide labeling approach for genetically engineered (GE) foods, more popularly referred to as genetically modified...more

Forget About Vermont!: Congress Passes GMO “Labeling” Legislation

On July 14, 2016, the House of Representatives passed S.764 creating a National Bioengineered Food Standard. Importantly for food manufacturers and distributors, the law – expected to be signed by President Obama – will...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends Series

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Beer trade group urges industry to adopt voluntary nutrition and calorie...more

New Legislation in North Carolina Impacts the Agribusiness Industry

In the recently ended session in the General Assembly, Senate Bill 770 was enacted. This bill is entitled “An Act To Provide Further Regulatory Relief To The Agricultural Community.”...more

Congress Passes GMO Labeling Bill, President Obama To Sign into Law

On July 14th, Congress passed a GMO labeling bill by a vote of 306-117 that would preempt Vermont’s mandatory labeling act that went into effect on July 1st. The White House said President Obama will sign the bill into...more

Senate Passes GMO Bill Creating A National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard With Federal Preemption And Exclusion...

On July 7, 2016, the Senate passed a bill, An Act to Reauthorize and Amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for Other Purposes (S. 764), through agreement to the House's amendment to S. 764, with further...more

European Parliament Calls for Extended Application of Country of Origin Labeling in the EU Just When the WTO Dispute on the United...

On May 12, 2016, the European Parliament renewed its call for mandatory country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) for meat and dairy products not currently subject to such marking rules. The reasoning behind requiring additional...more

Investment Treaty Arbitration: How Multinational Food and Beverage Companies Can Avoid Litigation in Foreign Courts

Imagine a U.S.-based olive oil company that has established a subsidiary in Croatia — a Mediterranean country ideal for growing olives and processing their oil — for its supply and processing needs. Olive oil consumption has...more

California Agency’s Continued Tinkering with Prop 65 Rule Revisions Receives Mixed Reviews from Stakeholders

In the July 2015 issue, we reported on food and beverage companies’ views on the overhaul of warning regulations under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (colloquially known as Prop 65) proposed by the Office...more

Significant Liberalization of Foreign Investment Rules in India

On June 20, 2016, the Indian government, in an effort to open up the Indian economy and bring in much-needed foreign capital, announced a radical liberalization of the foreign direct investment (FDI) rules by liberalizing...more

Seven Tips for Food & Beverage Transactions in the Middle East

Parties purchasing Middle East-based companies operating in the retail and wholesale food and beverage sector with a focus on companies in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) are facing some common issues....more

FDA’s New Guidance on Data Integrity and Compliance with GMPs and Potential Product Liability Considerations

The Food and Drug Administration recently released draft guidance for the industry entitled “Data Integrity and Compliance with CGMP [Current Good Manufacturing Practices].” While the draft is not legally binding on industry...more

One Step Closer to a National GMO Labeling Law

The Vermont GMO Labeling Law is currently in effect, but it may soon be preempted by federal legislation making its way through Congress. On July 7, by a vote of 63-30, the US Senate passed a measure (Senate Bill)...more

Senate Passes Bill Requiring Labeling for Genetically Engineered Foods

Four months after the Senate defeated a GE labeling bill (S.2609) introduced by Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), the upper chamber Thursday night passed, 63-30, a compromise measure (S. 764) that Roberts...more

Senate Passes GMO Food Labeling Legislation

Earlier this month, the Senate passed legislation (S. 764) that would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national disclosure standard for bioengineered foods. ...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2016 #2

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape....more

Prop. 65 Notices Allege BPA in Receipts, Water Cooler Jugs

Although the Prop. 65 warning requirement for bisphenol-A (BPA) took effect on May 11, only two 60-day notices have been served alleging harmful exposure to the chemical without providing a warning. Those notices, both served...more

Terrorism Regulations Finish FDA's FSMA Implementation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released the last of its rules crafted to enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These most recent rules aim to prevent the intentional adulteration of food in...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.7.16

Disgraced Wall Street scion Andrew Casperson has pleaded guilty to federal wire and security fraud charges related to his Ponzi-like scheme in which he bilked nearly $40 million from friends and a private foundation....more

Agreement Reached on Bipartisan Federal GMO Food Labeling Bill

Provides Practical, Mandatory Disclosure and Preempts State GMO Labeling Laws - Senate Agriculture Committee leaders reached agreement June 23, 2016, on a bill that would require food containing genetic material modified...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.1.16

Yesterday, Hershey rejected Kraft spinoff Mondelez’s $23 billion takeover offer, but the dealmaking efforts may not be over. The success of any increased offer lies in the hands of the Hershey Trust Company, a charitable...more

Your Customer Just Declared Bankruptcy: Recent Decision That All Suppliers/Vendors Should Be Aware Of

Suppliers and vendors sometimes find themselves unpleasantly surprised by the bankruptcy of a customer, leaving a trail of unpaid invoices and little hope of recovery. To make matters worse, after licking their wounds and...more

Sugar Rush: FDA Rejects Use of “Evaporated Cane Juice” to Describe Sweeteners

For years, food companies have been using the term “evaporated cane juice” in the ingredients list on food products. This has resulted in a number of lawsuits by consumers claiming that the term misled them into thinking...more

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