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ECJ sides with farmers on genetically modified crops

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Court of Justice has held that Member States may not adopt emergency measures prohibiting genetically modified food and feed (GMOs) unless there is clear evidence that a particular GMO presents a serious risk to...more

A Client's Guide to FDA Inspections

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspector has just knocked on your door and announced that he or she will now inspect your facility. What happens before, during and after this inspection, and what should your firm do to...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - September 2017

by DLA Piper on

Report on consumer and retailer hurdles regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients. - Consumers and small retailers face “key technological challenges” regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients in foods,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | September 2017

Shook Partners Lindsey Heinz and Katie Gates Calderon, with Associate Hillary Nicholas, have authored an article for Law360 discussing regulations related to the use of photography during a U.S. Food and Drug Administration...more

Meteoric Growth Of New York City’s Mobile Food Vending Industry Sparks Legislative Action

by Cole Schotz on

Mobile food vending is now a billion dollar industry. The hospitality subset has experienced a major boom since the economic downturn of 2008. Food trucks nationwide are expected to bring in $2.7 billion in revenue this year...more

President Trump Signs the “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act”

by Varnum LLP on

President Trump recently signed the “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act” (H.R. 1238). The bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs for the Department of Homeland...more

FDA Delays Start of New Animal Food Inspections

by Barley Snyder on

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced it will delay the date for certain routine regulatory inspections of large animal food facilities until next year....more

Phthalates -- Is It Really What’s for Dinner?

by Locke Lord LLP on

Over the past several years, it has been hard to miss the trend of independent labs and the plaintiffs’ bar scrutinizing—and suing upon—such findings as fat content in food products (e.g., Muscle Milk and ground beef), or the...more

Food Safety Plan Builder is Very Helpful, but Not the End of Your Plan

by Barley Snyder on

The Food and Drug Administration has new software to guide you through the creation of a food safety plan. But just because you follow it, doesn’t mean you’re automatically compliant with all federal regulations....more

FDA Clarifies Relationship Between Juice HACCP and the Preventive Controls Rules, Announces FSMA Enforcement Delays

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

August has been an active month for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the agency released guidance affecting juice processors and importers, announced enforcement delays for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)...more

FDA Announces Import Staffing Change at International Mail Facilities

Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that he was reallocating three dozen employees to international mail facilities (IMF), as well as...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #2

Chicago SSB Tax May Cause State to Lose Federal Funding, USDA Warns - According to a warning letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax that took effect in the Chicago...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling for an investigation into the use of phthalates in food and fast-food packaging. Citing a...more

New EU Regulatory Reforms Impact Food and Beverage Industry

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Major legislative changes are poised to impact food and beverage companies across the EU. To modernize and simplify existing rules, and more effectively enforce compliance with health and safety standards, the EU adopted a...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017#3

EU to Issue Guidelines on Discriminatory Food Distribution - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has reportedly indicated the EU will issue guidelines discouraging companies from selling apparently identical...more

Cause for Concern Over Organic Fertilizer Made from Food Waste?

by Downey Brand LLP on

In December 2016, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued guidance 5034-1 that can be interpreted as approving of food waste for use in organic crop production (for example, as an input in fertilizer) without regard to...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017 #2

GE Salmon Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) salmon and independent scientific review of the U.S. Food and...more

Food and Beverage Alert: FDA Withdraws Food Coloring Draft Guidance

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) reminded industry members last week that they must comply with TTB and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements concerning food additives. In particular, the TTB...more

FDA Creates Uncertainty by Delaying Nutrition Facts Label Compliance

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On June 13, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would indefinitely extend the compliance deadline for the Nutrition Facts Label final rules, creating uncertainty for food and beverage manufacturers....more

Tomato Tweaking: Genetically Engineered Crops May Be Safe for Consumption, Environment

by Lewitt Hackman on

Most of us remember the Jack and the Beanstalk story. In this 18th century fairy tale, a young, poor, every-day Jack trades an old cow for magic beans which makes his mother very angry. But in the end, Jack manages to bring...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 5

by Jones Day on

On June 13, 2017, FDA delayed the compliance date for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Label and Serving Size final rules, providing additional time for implementation. The rules were finalized in May 2016 and...more

Jelly Beans Contain Sugar - The Continuing Saga of Evaporated Cane Juice Litigation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In February, plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit in California against candy maker Jelly Belly on behalf of consumers who purchased jelly beans marketed as “Sport Beans.” They claimed that Jelly Belly used the phrase...more

FSMA: What Every Food Industry Executive Should Do & Why

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

With six of the seven rules implemented under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) currently being enforced, what should you know and do? Here are some considerations for facilities that manufacture, pack, process,...more

FDA: Still in Action on Food Safety Violations

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Vigorous food safety enforcement for basic violations continues under the leadership of new FDA Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb. On June 20, on the heels of an adverse FDA inspection, FDA announced that the U.S. Marshals...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #3

FDA Delays Compliance Date for Nutrition Facts Labeling - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will postpone the deadline for food companies to use a revised Nutrition Facts label on packaged...more

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