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FDA Clarifies Relationship Between Juice HACCP and the Preventive Controls Rules, Announces FSMA Enforcement Delays

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

August has been an active month for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the agency released guidance affecting juice processors and importers, announced enforcement delays for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)...more

Putative Class Complains that Annie’s “Strawberry Fruit Snacks” Lack Strawberries

On August 1, 2017, plaintiff Raymond Alvandi filed a putative class action in California federal court against Annie’s, Inc., seeking damages and injunctive and declaratory relief. Alvandi alleges that Annie’s misrepresented...more

Solution to One Problem Brings Two More

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

An August 2 FDA warning letter provides a reminder that solving one problem can create a new problem—or more. The letter to Coleman Peanut Co., in Petersburg VA, recites that the company uses a cat “as the firm’s pest...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: August 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Wage and Hour - Tenth Circuit Aligns with Cumbie on Tip Credits - In Marlow v. New Food Guy, Inc., No. 16-1134, 861 F. 3d 1157 (10th Cir. June 30, 2017), the court affirmed the district court's ruling, consistent with...more

Reading the Tea Leaves: Sales of Macadamia Nut Could Be Going Up!

On July 24, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it had responded to a November 2015 petition from Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut, Inc. for a new qualified health claim characterizing the relationship between...more

Six things to know about glyphosate

by DLA Piper on

Glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, is under scrutiny by media and plaintiff groups amid recent reports that it is potentially carcinogenic. A key ingredient in consumer and industrial...more

Truffle Kerfuffle: Truffle Lawsuit Not on the Menu for Plaintiffs

Truffles are renowned as one of the rarest delicacies in the world. Perhaps not quite as rare, but still fairly uncommon, is the dismissal with prejudice of a false advertising class action without the plaintiffs being...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - August 2017

by DLA Piper on

FDA brings about voluntary recall of coffee product with Viagra-like substance. On July 13, the FDA announced that Texas-based Bestherbs Coffee, LLC is issuing a voluntary recall of a coffee product, New of Kopi Jantan...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling for an investigation into the use of phthalates in food and fast-food packaging. Citing a...more

Changes To The Nutrition Facts Label: What You Need To Know

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 20, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced new changes to the Nutrition Facts label required for packaged foods. The FDA’s intent was to create a new label that would make it easier for consumer to...more

FDA Postpones Food Labeling Deadline

by Reed Smith on

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) pushed back the deadline for food companies to adopt changes to nutritional labels for packaged foods. Industry stakeholders welcomed the extension amidst concerns...more

It’s Sweet to be NutraSweet: Commercial Division Overturns Arbitration Award Entered in Favor of Would-be Seller of Aspartame...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As any seasoned commercial litigator knows, courts are generally loathe to overturn the independent decisions of arbitrators. New York County Commercial Division Justice Charles E. Ramos recently examined the standard for...more

Court Finds That Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims Is Preempted By Trade Secrets Claim

by Winstead PC on

In Super Starr Int’l, LLC v. Fresh Tex Produce, LLC, a Texas entity that distributes produce throughout the United States filed suit against another Texas entity that imports foreign grown produce into the United States and...more

Ninth Circuit Reconsiders, Nixes Deceptive Labeling Claim Against Gerber

by Bryan Cave on

Baby food maker Gerber has scored a partial victory in a false labeling would be class action. The Ninth Circuit in Bruton v. Gerber Prods. Co., Case No. 15-15174, has reversed itself and thrown out a deceptive labeling claim...more

FDA Creates Uncertainty by Delaying Nutrition Facts Label Compliance

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On June 13, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would indefinitely extend the compliance deadline for the Nutrition Facts Label final rules, creating uncertainty for food and beverage manufacturers....more

When the Law Gives you Lemons: Will Citric Acid Make Good Lemonade for Plaintiffs? 

The food and beverage industry is faced with an onslaught of consumer fraud class actions targeting everything from the use of the terms “all natural,” “healthy,” and “organic,” to the amount of slack-fill in particular...more

Missing Ingredient Claims Lead Food Advertising Class Actions So Far in 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

For the first 28 weeks of 2017, the most frequently alleged claims in new food and beverage false-advertising class actions have related to featured product ingredients that allegedly are absent, or present only in small...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017

Cruz-Alvarez and Canfield Examine Recent Ruling on Website Access for Visually Impaired - Food and beverage companies offering retail sales on the web are facing a wave of lawsuits filed by visually impaired plaintiffs...more

THE LATEST: German Antitrust Authority Issues Guidelines on Resale Price Maintenance

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 12 July 2017, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) published a guidance paper (Guidance Paper) on the prohibition of resale price maintenance (RPM). The Guidance Paper has a particular focus on the food retail sector. At...more

The Deadline for Submitting Comments to USDA as it Prepares to Draft a Proposed Rule on GMO Labeling is Quickly Approaching –...

On June 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or agency) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted a list of 30 questions for consideration by stakeholders in order to assist the agency in developing a Proposed...more

The Supreme Court Limits Where Patent Owners May File Infringement Actions – With Some Guidance from Applicable District Court...

The Supreme Court recently decided TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group, 581 U. S. ____ (2017), which has changed the rules concerning where patent infringement lawsuits may be brought. Specifically, patent infringement actions...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2017

by DLA Piper on

"Pink slime" case settles. Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and ABC News have announced the confidential settlement of a defamation case the company had filed against the network and correspondent Jim Avila over a series of news...more

Refrigeration Systems Targeted: Risk Management Plans and Release Reporting

by Williams Mullen on

Companies operating ammonia refrigeration systems are easy targets for EPA under a number of environmental programs. Recent history suggests release reporting under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and under the...more

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) Flags Dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 16 June 2017, the Member State Committee (MSC) of the ECHA unanimously agreed to identify BPA as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) under the REACH regime. BPA is common in a variety of household products, typically...more

Jelly Beans Contain Sugar - The Continuing Saga of Evaporated Cane Juice Litigation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In February, plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit in California against candy maker Jelly Belly on behalf of consumers who purchased jelly beans marketed as “Sport Beans.” They claimed that Jelly Belly used the phrase...more

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