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A Sea Change on the Horizon for California’s Food Court? FDA Calls for Comment on Use of the Term “Natural” for Food Products

At long last, FDA has called for public comment from the food and beverage industry, citizens, and other stakeholders on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling. As many readers of this newsletter know all too well,...more

Food Litigation Newsletter

RECENT SIGNIFICANT FILINGS - Courts Lift Stays After FDA Stalls in Giving Guidance on ECJ - Perera v. Pac. Foods of Or., Inc., No. 3:14-cv-2074 (N.D. Cal.): In this putative class action alleging violations of...more

FDA dishes out major regulatory challenges for food industry in 2016

In 2015, the FDA unleashed a surge of new regulations on the food industry carrying key compliance deadlines in 2016. As the FDA continues to intensify its enforcement over its regulated industries, food companies should...more

Addressing Adulterated Food Risk

As we enter 2016, adulterated food-related investigations are leading the headlines—and should be leading companies in the food and beverage industry to ask what they can do to prevent and prepare for a potential outbreak on...more

FDA Extends Comment Period for “Natural” Input

As many of you know, FDA has opened a docket to accept comments on whether and how it should define the term “natural” for food labeling purposes. Today, FDA announced that it will be extending the comment period until May...more

Three Recent Cases Highlight Risks of Using Claims Of “Fresh” In Advertising

In this post, we take a look at three recent decisions in which food industry defendants were accused of falsely advertising their food products as “fresh”. As discussed in our prior post, a clear-cut, consensus definition...more

Trader Joe’s Targeted in Class Action Suit

On Tuesday, December 2, a California federal court struck down a consumer group’s 2013 claim that Trader Joe’s had misled shoppers into thinking “soy milk” was “cow’s milk.”  Judge Vince Chhabria held that Trader Joe’s had...more

FDA Seeks Input on Uses of “Natural” in Food and Beverage Labeling

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invited public comments on uses of the term “natural” in food and beverage labeling and whether “natural” should apply only to “unprocessed” foods. The FDA’s...more

New FDA Guidance Doubles-Down on 1980 Fortification Policy and Potential Misbranding Risks of “Inappropriate Fortification”

FDA recently released its Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers on FDA’s Fortification Policy (Guidance) to “clarify the existing policy” in response to questions FDA has received from the food industry, other federal...more

FDA Issues Final Food Biotechnology Labeling Guidelines for Plant Foods; Discourages “GMO Free” Claims

On November 19, 2015, FDA issued its final guidance for industry concerning the requirements for voluntarily indicating whether food products have or have not been derived from genetically engineered plants. The final...more

FDA, Naturally (and Finally), Requests Comments on Use of Term “Natural”

On Nov. 12, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a request for information and comments about the use of the term “natural.” Food and beverage companies have been using the term with few...more

Naturally, It’s Only Natural. Or, Is It?

Think of that busy mom in a grocery store, standing in front of a wall of granola bars. How does she choose which one to buy? Does she pick the all-natural chocolate peanut butter kind or the not-all-natural chocolate peanut...more

FDA Seeks Comments on the Meaning of “Natural”

On November 12, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested comment on the use of the term "natural" in the labeling of human food products. The notice states that it is establishing "a docket to receive...more

Attention Food Importers: New FDA Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

On November 13, 2015, the FDA finalized its rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals. The rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on November...more

FDA’s Comment Period for “Natural” Food Labels Is Now Open

FDA took long-awaited and much-anticipated steps this week to address the requests of both consumers and food manufacturers and producers for guidance and regulation on use of the term “natural.” For years now, consumer...more

FDA Requests Public Comment on "Natural" Food Labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week issued a request for public comment on the use of the term "natural" in the labeling of food products. This represents the first time in 22 years that the FDA has indicated an...more

FDA Requests Input on Use of the Term “Natural” for Foods

On November 12, 2015, FDA is scheduled to publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing a request for public comments on the use of the term “natural” in food labeling. As the Agency points out, it has been under...more

FDA Seeks Comments on Use of “Natural” in Food Labeling

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will accept public information and comment on the term “natural” in the labeling of food products, including foods that are...more

Will the FDA’s Proposed Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Food Apply to International Shipments?

Yes, the FDA’s Proposed Rule, required to be published by March 31, 2016, will apply to food shipments being transported into the U.S., directly, by motor or rail vehicle, or transferred onto a motor or rail vehicle for...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: October 2015

Labor and Employment - Plaintiff Wage and Hour Lawsuits Continue to Climb - Wage and hour litigation has become what some call the new "workplace revolution." Data from the Federal Judicial Center indicates that...more

Food Recall Events: The Importance of Evaluating Your Insurance Coverage Before a Voluntary and Mandatory Food Recall

Food recalls are on the rise as consumer protection regulations become more stringent, and they can be costly events. There can be significant expenses associated with removing impacted products from stores; reimbursing...more

Long-awaited overhaul of FDA food safety rules arrives – Part II: A roadmap for food manufacturers on FDA’s changes to cGMPs

The new FDA Rule revamping cGMPs and implementing new rules referred to as HARPC will impact the food industry greatly. In this second in a three-part series, we will discuss the FDA’s changes to cGMPs, noting the changes...more

Long-awaited overhaul of FDA food safety rules arrives – Part III: Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls

In the first two articles in this series, Life Sciences Decoded explored the FDA’s new Rule revamping the food Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and creating the new Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls...more

Food Safety Does Not Exist In A Vacuum, and Neither Do the FSMA’s Rules: What the New Rules on Preventive Controls for Human and...

On September 17, 2015 the FDA published the first two of its seven rules in conjunction with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (the “FSMA”) regulatory scheme. The rules, which focus on Current Good Manufacturing Practices...more

Long-awaited overhaul of FDA food safety rules arrives – Part I: Introducing HARPC, changes to cGMP

Since the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011, the FDA has promulgated proposed rules that overhaul the old Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) rule and create new Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative...more

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