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PREPARING FOR FIC (II)

Food supplements are classified by EU law as foodstuffs. As such, the legal provisions that apply to regular food generally apply to food supplements too. This News Alert looks at FIC rules which particularly impact food...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

FDA clarifies its stance on cheese making. On June 13, the FDA issued a clarification stating it “does not have a new policy banning the use of wooden shelves in cheese-making, nor is there any requirement in effect...more

Milk Processors Soured After Federal District Court Rules They Must Face Monopsonization Claims at Trial

Nearly five years into a wide-ranging monopsonization suit accusing milk processors of conspiring to depress and fix the prices paid to independent and cooperative milk suppliers, Judge Christina Reiss of the District of...more

GMO Bill Fails in California Senate

Despite the recent passage of a genetically engineered (GE) food-labeling law in Vermont, and similar bills appearing in legislatures in other states, proponents of labeling have again failed to pass such a law in California....more

Food Litigation Newsletter - March 2014 (2)

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Court Rejects ‘Grossly Excessive’ Attorneys’ Fee Claim in Dismissed Case ..Voluntary Dismissal in Bumble Bee Class Action - New...more

USDA’s New Poultry Production Regulations Put Georgia Workers and the Public at Risk

Georgia is part of the U.S. poultry belt — the area of the country with the greatest concentration of chicken and turkey meat processing plants. Many jobs in the poultry production industry are extremely hazardous. Jobsite...more

Food And Beverage News And Trends

Food industry proposes front-of-package nutrition information. In the wake of the recently proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel labeling, the Grocery Manufacturer's Association proposed its own front-of-package...more

Insuring Your Business - March 2014

In This Issue: - Is That Covered? Timely Reporting of Food Claims - Business Interruption Coverage for Food Recall Claims - Excerpt from Is That Covered? Timely Reporting of Food Claims - When food...more

Insuring Your Business - March 2014: Is That Covered? Timely Reporting of Food Claims

When food producers and distributors are faced with a product recall, one of the most common questions is: How soon, if at all, do you report the claim to your insurance company? The answer is simple—you should be reporting...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - February 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Smart Balance Milk Labeling Suit Not Preempted ..Mott’s “No Sugar Added” Labeling Lawsuit Narrowed ..Court Preliminarily Approves Trader...more

FDA Warning Letters Signal Narrowing of “Medical Food” Category

Manufacturers seeking to enter the medical food market face increased challenges. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) has issued several Warning Letters to manufacturers of medical foods...more

FDA Refusal to Define "Natural" Leaves Food Manufacturers at Risk for More and Costlier Class Action Litigation and Looking for...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this month declined to weigh in on the issue of whether food products containing genetically modified ingredients can be labeled as "natural," refusing the request of three federal judges...more

Latest Recalls Of Contaminated Products Highlight Negligence In The Food Supply System

You do all you can to promote a healthy diet for your family. Your efforts may include carefully reading labels, excluding artificial ingredients, limiting fats and sugars and increasing fruits and vegetables. ...more

Insuring Your Business - December 2013

In This Issue: Is That Covered? Food Recall Claims and Insurance Coverage for Food Claims: Communicating with Your Insurance Company Excerpt from Is That Covered? Food Recall Claims - Insurance Premiums...more

Advertising News & Analysis - November 21, 2013

In this issue: - FTC Announces Agenda for Native Advertising Workshop - FTC Enforcement Action Puts Service Providers on Notice - Advertisers Go Native, Regulators Take Notice - Jurisdiction Is in...more

How Will the Rise of Google Glass Impact the Food Industry?

Google glasses could impact the food industry in two ways. It could feed a growing consumer demand to know more about its food and it could better enable federal agencies to gather evidence during an inspection....more

Allergic Consumers At Risk From Food Manufacturers And Servers

Personal injury attorneys are used to dealing with product safety issues. But when the product that endangers consumers is their own food, they may feel particularly vulnerable. ...more

The end of trans fats? FDA issues Tentative Determination on trans fats in processed foods

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a Federal Register notice with its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are...more

China Tightens Food Safety Administration

The Chinese State Council recently announced the draft amendment of the Food Safety Law (“Draft Amendment”) for public comments through November 29, 2013. A high priority initiative on the Chinese government’s agenda to...more

Criminal Charges Brought in Food Safety Case

In another show of force against food processors, federal prosecutors in Colorado recently brought criminal charges against two brothers who owned a cantaloupe farm linked to a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people....more

China Strengthens Control Over Infant Formula Production

In response to the discovery of toxic bacteria in products imported from a New Zealand dairy producer, the Chinese government has published a series of draft guidelines and regulations on infant formula production. These...more

Particularly Egregious Product Failures Cause For Punitive Awards

Most nutrition experts agree that Americans could stand to eat less red meat and more fish. ...more

Foreign Food Producers Play Catch-Up as FDA Issues Draft Regulations to Implement New Food Safety Standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of implementing sweeping new regulations governing the production of both domestic and imported food products. Many foreign food producers will be at a...more

Proposed Sale Of Smithfield To Chinese Company Has Some Critics Squealing, While Others Say It Will Bring Home The Bacon

Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with Chinese holding company Shuanghui International Holdings Limited on May 29, 2013. Based in Virginia, Smithfield is the world's...more

FDA Proposes New Rules Regarding Growing, Harvesting, Packing And Holding Domestic And Foreign Produce

On January 5, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as part of a continuing overhaul of the United States’ food safety laws under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), published proposed rules regarding the...more

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