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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

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

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The Food and Drug Administration recently released draft guidance for the industry entitled “Data Integrity and Compliance with CGMP [Current Good Manufacturing Practices].”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

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

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

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

The FDA Dishes Out Food Label Changes

The current food label will soon be no more. After two decades, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just finalized the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. Making it easier for consumers to make better informed...more

How Americans Eat: Unveiling of the New Nutrition Facts Label

Over a decade in the making, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA” or the “Agency”) recently issued two final rules revising its nutrition labeling regulations, most notably, the Nutrition Facts label. The revisions...more

FDA New-trition Rules

Last month, the FDA finalized amendments to the Nutrition Facts labeling rules for packaged foods and dietary supplements to reflect developments in nutrition science, including new scientific information regarding the link...more

The Last Set of Major FSMA Regulations Are Done!

The last of FDA’s seven “foundational” rules mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) was published at the end of last month, just a few days before the May 31, 2016 deadline agreed to by the Agency...more

Major Federal Food Safety Law Depends on Individual State Enforcement

In 2011, Congress approved the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in response to several deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. These outbreaks convinced legislators and food industry groups that the then-existing food...more

“KIND” of Nutritious—FDA Permits “Healthy” Label and Agrees to Rethink Its Definition of “Healthy” Foods

The Food and Drug Administration has kindly permitted Kind LLC to use the term “healthy” on its snack bars again, but with the caveat that the term must only be used in text clearly presented as part of Kind’s corporate...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - June 2016

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA draft guidance aims to cut sodium in US diet. On June 1, the FDA...more

FDA Issues Sweeping Nutrition Labeling Changes

On May 27, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published two final rules impacting nutrition labeling: (1) Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Fact Labels (Label Rule); and (2) Food Labeling:...more

The Legal Angle On General Mills Recall Of 10 Million Pounds Of Flour

What happened? On May 31, General Mills issued a voluntary recall (http://www.generalmills.com/flour/) of more than 10 million pounds of flour. Between mid-December 2015 and early May 2016, thirty-eight people have been...more

Your Food Labels Are Getting a Makeover

If you are one of those consumers that studies food labels (I’m right there with you) or, more importantly, a packaged food supplier, be prepared: your food labels will be getting a makeover. On May 20, the FDA released...more

FDA: Don't Sugarcoat 'Evaporated Cane Juice' Terminology

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with two important announcements coming out that affect the labeling of food and beverage products....more

FSMA Food Defense Rule Requires Firms to Address Risk of Terrorism

In an effort to prevent wide-scale public harm through the nation’s food supply from acts of terrorism, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published its final rule regarding Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food...more

FDA Issues Final Rules That Change Nutrition Facts Labels

No more sugar coating—the Rules impose new label requirements, and manufacturers will incur additional costs. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) has announced the issuance of two new final rules: one...more

FDA Publishes Final Rule for Protection Against Intentional Adulteration as Part of Food Safety Modernization Act

FDA has published as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) a final rule concerning mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration. The rule will require domestic and foreign food facilities...more

FDA takes Kind Approach to “Healthy” Corporate Philosophies

This month, FDA showed a willingness to catch up with the recent trends, advancements, and developments in the food and beverage industry by reconsidering years-old regulations regarding products labeled as...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - May 2016 #2

Report finds no danger to human health in consumption of GMOs. In a 388-page report released May 17, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said it has found no evidence of adverse health effects in...more

FDA releases long-awaited nutrition facts panel, serving size final rules: key changes to food labels

The FDA has released the long-awaited Nutrition Facts Panel and Serving Size Final Rules, after initially proposing the changes in March 2014. The associated label changes, which mark the first time since 1993 that the...more

FDA Finalizes Revisions to Nutrition/Supplement Facts Labeling

On Friday, May 20, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced its final revisions to the labeling requirements for conventional foods and...more

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