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July Antitrust Bulletin

On June 29, 2015, Sysco Corp. announced that it was pulling the plug on its $3.5 billion proposed merger with US Foods Inc. The news comes less than a week after a Washington, D.C., federal judge concluded that the Federal...more

Consumer Food Fraud Claim Sinks in Arkansas Safe Harbor

On this date in 1896 the Dutch completed the harbor at IJmuiden. (That capital J is not a mistake. The I and J go together as a digraph, and they form a ligature that effectively makes up a single letter in the Dutch...more

FTC Scores Decisive Win in Challenge to Food Distribution

On Tuesday, a federal judge issued an injunction blocking the Sysco – US Foods (“USF”) merger pending further administrative review by the FTC. The move, which ended Sysco’s acquisition plans, represents a decisive victory...more

FTC Wins Injunction Against Sysco-U.S. Foods Merger; Administrative Trial Next

As we previously reported, the FTC sought a preliminary injunction to block a merger between Sysco and U.S. Foods pending the outcome of its administrative trial challenging the deal. Yesterday, Judge Amit Mehta of the...more

FDA Gives Food Industry Three Years to Phase Out Partially Hydrogenated Oils from Food Products

On June 16, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a declaratory order, requiring a phasing out of the use of partially hydrogenated oils ("PHOs"). In its order, the FDA stated that partially hydrogenated oils...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2015

As we reported in January 2015, 2014 was a banner year for venture capital on all fronts, from fundraising, to investment and exits – save, however, for the small drop in the number of deals versus the largest aggregate...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Is a Single U.S. Food Agency a Reality? [Video]

In the United States, 2015 has brought forth several regulatory proposals in what has become a perpetual Washington, D.C. conversation: Why is there more than one federal agency responsible for food safety and what can and...more

FDA Determines Artificial Trans Fat Are No Longer “Generally Recognized as Safe”; Must Be Removed From Human Food By June 2018

Acting to finalize a tentative decision from 2013, FDA announced on June 15, 2015 that it was issuing a declaratory order that will require manufacturers to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from processed foods over...more

PHOs Banned in the U.S.: Landmark FDA Order Declares Partially Hydrogenated Oils No Longer Generally Regarded as Safe

On June 17, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its much-anticipated Final Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils (Order), finding there is “no longer a consensus that partially hydrogenated...more

New USDA Study Says COOL not Beneficial to American Consumers

Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is not economically beneficial to American consumers, according to a new report authored by a team of agricultural economists from Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. In...more

Kraft Moves to Dismiss Novel CFTC Manipulation Claim

The CFTC accused Kraft Food Groups, Inc. and former parent Mondelez Global LLC with manipulation pursuant to Section 6(c)(1) of the Commodities Exchange Act and Regulation 180.1 promulgated thereunder. Regulation 180.1 makes...more

False Advertising Bombs and Firecrackers

On May 13, 2015, in Conopco, Inc. v. Wells Enterprises, Inc., the Southern District of New York denied a motion to dismiss a claim for false advertising which arose from a claim that an ice-pop product was “original.” Wells...more

GMOs at the Ballot Box: the Drama Continues

Joining the rising tide of local GMO legislation, last week voters in Benton County, Oregon defeated the Benton County Local Food System Ordinance, which would have prohibited the cultivation of GMO crops in the county. The...more

But We Did Everything Right?: Why Agreements with Shippers are Necessary for Carriers to Protect Themselves from...

As food transporters grapple with the myriad of compliance issues raised by the Food Safety Modernization Act and the FDA’s looming proposed “Food Safety Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food,” carriers...more

Canada and Mexico to Seek Retaliatory Measures Following WTO’s Final Ruling Against U.S. Meat Labeling Law

On May 18, the World Trade Organization’s (“WTO”) Appellate Body upheld a ruling that U.S. country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) requirements for meat continue to discriminate against imported livestock from Canada and Mexico...more

Avoiding a Rocky Road: Lessons For Manufacturers From Blue Bell Creameries’ Listeria Investigation

Ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries has found itself in a sticky situation that underscores the importance of a having a comprehensive and robust compliance program, even for companies who do not manufacture consumer...more

USDA to Verify Non-GMO Claims

There is now a U.S. Department of Agriculture label for non-GMO claims. In a recent memo, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA would verify non-GMO claims through the Agricultural Marketing Service’s...more

Prepared Food Manufacturer, Golden County Foods, Inc., Cooks Up A Chapter 11 Case

On Friday, May 15, 2015, Golden County Foods, Inc. (“GCF”), a business that manufactures prepared foods, filed a voluntary chapter 11 petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. It was joined...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: “Certified Organic” — A Shield For Defendants Or A Sword For Plaintiffs?

Manufacturers and retailers of organic food products should take note that the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has held that federal law governing the certification of organic and natural...more

Going The Distance To Limit Preemption

Anybody who watched the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight knows that a long fight does not necessarily make for an exciting fight. Thirty-six minutes of “action” can actually contain very little action. The exceedingly long...more

Harsh Words for KIND Bars

Kind, LLC received a rude awakening from the FDA when it notified the popular snack-maker that it was violating numerous federal regulations by allegedly misbranding four popular products. Kind is known for its widely-popular...more

Onward to Trial: Federal Court Rejects Vermont’s Motion to Dismiss GMA Lawsuit

Despite a stiff litigation challenge from the food industry, Vermont’s GMO-labeling campaign marches on. This week saw major developments in the suit brought by the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association and other food industry...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

Judge rejects consumer claim concerning evaporated cane juice - On March 12, a US district judge in the Northern District of Illinois dismissed with prejudice a consumer lawsuit against the manufacturer of Healthy Grains...more

More Developments on Section 75-1.1 and the Economic-Loss Rule

Our appetites, of course, are always whetted when section 75-1.1, the economic-loss rule, and the “substantial aggravating circumstances” doctrine intersect....more

Can One Bad Apple Spoil the Bunch?

According to their recent press release, Intrexon Corp (NYSE:XON) recently purchased a Canadian specialty food producer, namely Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., the inventor of the “Arctic®” apple. ...more

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