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Food and Beverage News and Trends - August 2017

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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

California’s Insurance Commissioner Encourages Admitted Carriers to Insure Cannabis Risks

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Members of Wilson Elser’s Cannabis Law practice attended a teleconference led by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones with 63 insurance industry stakeholders on May 22, 2017, to discuss insurance requirements set...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - May 2017

by DLA Piper on

How FDA and USDA fare in the federal budget agreement. Rejecting cuts that had been proposed by the Trump Administration, the Congressional federal budget agreement increases funding for USDA and FDA programs supporting such...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - April 2017

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Six consumer groups ask major food companies to oppose regulatory reform bill. On April 11, a coalition of six consumer organizations sent a letter to 11 major food manufacturers, retailers and restaurant chains, calling upon...more

Have You Noticed the Increase in Food Recalls?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

International Product Liability Review - Issue 65

by Hogan Lovells on

The International Product Liability Review provides quality updates and comment from around the world on legal developments in the field of product liability and product safety. Please see full Publication below for more...more

Third Circuit Affirms Rescission of $25 Million Contaminated Products Policy

by Carlton Fields on

In H.J. Heinz Co. v. Starr Surplus Lines Ins. Co., No. 16-1447 (3d Cir. Jan. 11, 2017), the Third Circuit affirmed a District Court’s order allowing insurer Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company (“Starr”) to rescind a $25...more

FDA Adverse-Event Reports Go Public

Years of adverse-event reports documenting problems associated with compromised food, dangerous drugs and harmful cosmetics are now available to the public. The information can be obtained, free of charge, via a downloadable...more

The Recall Button Doesn't Have to Be a Panic Button

by Blank Rome LLP on

In recent years, the food industry has experienced a dramatic increase in recalls, withdrawals and contamination events. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requested or monitored...more

Contaminated Flour – Is Nothing Sacred?

by Selman Breitman LLP on

As of August 1, 2016, General Mills had voluntarily recalled some 45 million pounds of several types of raw flour products because E.coli bacteria had allegedly been found in flour produced at the General Mills plant in...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - August 2016 #2

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This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - GMO labeling bill enacted into federal law. On July 29, President Barack...more

Why the FDA Needs to Change Its Food Recall Policies

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Add this to FDA’s growing list of things to do: improve the food recall initiation process. According to a memorandum published on June 8, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human...more

Food Product Recalls – Are You Covered?

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Food and beverage recalls, regardless of the reason, continue to proliferate in the news cycle. At the end of May General Mills issued a recall of 10 million pounds of flour due to a potential link to an outbreak of E. coli...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

Food and Beverage News and Trends - May 2016 #2

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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

Food and Beverage News and Trends Series - May 2016

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This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA finalizes rule to combat antimicrobial resistance. The FDA this week...more

Product Recalls and Insurance: Considerations to Maximize Covered Expenses

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Berries. Walnuts. Wholesome. Healthy. But not when they may be contaminated with harmful bacteria. On May 10, 2016, grocery store chain Publix announced a voluntary recall of its cranberry nut and seed mix. Publix learned of...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends Series - April 2016

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This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Four major companies announce voluntary GMO labeling. Four major food...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2016

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This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Senate confirms new FDA commissioner. On February 24, the US Senate confirmed,...more

Food Safety Criminal Prosecutions: When Compliance is a Matter of Life and Death

by Michael Volkov on

Over the last ten to twenty years, we have witnessed the expansion of federal criminal prosecution of health and safety matters. Environmental and food and drug regulatory enforcement has been supplemented by aggressive...more

Massachusetts Court of Appeals Precludes Coverage for Drink Bottles Despite “Loss of Use” Exception to “Faulty Workmanship”...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors of food products face significant business and litigation risks associated with food contamination and recall issues. Policyholders in this chain of production should be aware that...more

Insurance Recovery Law - November 2015

Despite Prior Suits, Policyholder Entitled to Coverage for DOJ Investigation - Why it matters: A policyholder was entitled to coverage for a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation despite already facing possibly...more

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

by McCarter & English, LLP on

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

California Court Adopts Expansive Reading of Contamination and Product Recall Coverage

by Cozen O'Connor on

Two weeks ago in Foster Poultry Farms, Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138609, 2015 WL 5920289 (E.D.Cal., Oct. 9, 2015), a California Court applying New York law found coverage under a...more

International Food Law Gazette - July 2015

by King & Spalding on

King & Spalding is pleased to provide this first edition of the International Food Law Gazette, a publication of our Food & Beverage Group. For decades, King & Spalding has closely advised leading food, beverage and dietary...more

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