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Have You Noticed the Increase in Food Recalls?

Almost every day, the FDA announces a new recall or safety alert for a potentially dangerous food. Earlier this month, Trader Joe’s recalled some SKUs of apple sauce due to complaints that they may contain small pieces of...more

Judge Koh Issues First Blow to “Added Sugars” Plaintiffs

The Big Picture: On Tuesday, Judge Koh granted Kellogg’s Motion to Dismiss in its entirety in Hadley v. Kellogg Sales Company, No. 5:16-cv-04955-LHK (N.D. Cal.). Hadley is one of three cases against well-known cereal makers...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2017 #2

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA holds public meeting on redefining "healthy" claims in food labeling....more

FDA Revisits “Healthy” Claims on Human Food Labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is revisiting its definition of “healthy” for the first time in nearly 25 years. On March 9, 2017, it held a meeting to invite public comments on redefining the term “healthy” in...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2017

Appeals court rejects lawsuit calling for mandatory “cage-free” egg labeling. On February 27, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a lawsuit filed by two animal advocacy groups and six egg consumers who had...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - February 2017

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. California judge finds Roundup to be a possible cause of cancer. On January...more

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

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

Food industry sees one of first whistleblower suits under FSMA

As part of the massive overhaul of food safety regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act, Life Sciences Decoded reported in August on new whistleblower protections for food industry employees. On Feb. 9, six months...more

Food contact goods and the FSVP: Deciphering the FDA’s stance

The last 18 months have seen a flurry of regulatory activity as the FDA has finalized and begun enforcing a number of new regulations based on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Among these regulatory schemes is the...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

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

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

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

Is the FSMA a plaintiff’s lawyer’s dream and the food industry’s nightmare?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law in 2011, signaling a sea change in U.S. food safety regulation and making prevention the cornerstone of safety measures. To achieve its lofty goals, while providing time for...more

Waiting for the FDA is the Hardest Part, California Federal Judge Rules

What it means for food to be “natural” has become a topic of contentious debate, and the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) entered the fray earlier this year, requesting comments on use of the term on food labeling. Some...more

Dole’s “All Natural” Description On Certain Fruit Products Could Mislead Reasonable Consumers

A recent decision from the Ninth Circuit has highlighted the uncertainty that exists in the food product market about the use and definition of “All Natural” in labeling and advertising. In Brazil v. Dole Packaged Foods,...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: December 2016

Overtime Rules Enjoined Nationwide - In State of Nev. v. U.S. Dep't of Labor Case No. 4:16-cv-00731-ALM, 2016 WL 6879615 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 22, 2016), a Texas district court enjoined nationwide the Department of Labor's...more

New actions based on ‘nothing artificial’ labels may be halted as FDA redefines ‘natural’

I previously wrote about Thornton v. Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, No. 4:16-CV-00158-JAR, in which the Eastern District of Missouri refused to dismiss a consumer fraud claim based on “nothing artificial” labels on boxes of Duncan...more

Product Contamination: Strong Underwriting is Key

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act, regarded by many as a major reform of the food safety provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, significantly expanded the powers of the U.S. Food and Drug...more

The new look of FDA food facility registration: Human and animal food companies beware

The food industry has long been familiar with the requirement that facilities involved in the handling, packing, holding, storing, manufacturing or other processing of food must register with the Food and Drug Administration....more

What’s in a Name? Looming Food Identity Issues…

Chase Purdy at Quartz recently published an article with the following headline: “To lure people put off by the freakiness of lab-made meat, this is what the industry wants to call it.” It got me thinking about the importance...more

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Customer Disclosure Statements for Uncontrolled Hazards in Human and Animal Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance on October 28, 2016, offering insight into customer disclosure statements required for certain food and feed products that have not, under the Food Safety...more

Pondering Public Disclosure & FSMA Records

Remember last month when we said to DOCUMENT EVERYTHING under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)? Well, here’s some more context for that recommendation. For one, FSMA adds a substantial amount of documentation and...more

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