Polsinelli Podcast - Is a Single U.S. Food Agency a Reality?
Polsinelli Podcast - Food Safety Modernization Act
In the wake of reports about the government’s investigation of Blue Bell Creameries, the United States Department of Justice has issued an ominous warning to food companies: compliance failures will be aggressively...more
Today the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 passed the House, in a vote of 275 to 150 (more information here). Still a hot-button issue, opposition to the Act is emotionally charged, with those opposed to the bill...more
This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape.
- House committee approves law to bar states from requiring GMO labeling. On...more
The proposed Federal regulation of GMOs is proceeding. Following the White House’s recent action on GMOs, Representative Pompeo’s “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (H.R. 1599) was passed by the House Agriculture Committee...more
The Obama Administration’s robust use of executive authority on issues related to food labeling, food safety, and nutrition continue to position these issues as a priority for the remainder of the President’s term in office....more
TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is a comprehensive trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US. The main aims of the proposed agreement are to increase trade...more
Brand is everything! The ability and opportunities to extend a brand’s reach are vast, with the smallest companies able to brand globally. Equally important is protecting an established brand. Competitors and consumers can...more
On June 5, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the publication of its Draft Guidance on its Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP). The FDA is establishing VQIP to enable the expedited review and...more
In the United States, 2015 has brought forth several regulatory proposals in what has become a perpetual Washington, D.C. conversation: Why is there more than one federal agency responsible for food safety and what can and...more
Acting to finalize a tentative decision from 2013, FDA announced on June 15, 2015 that it was issuing a declaratory order that will require manufacturers to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from processed foods over...more
On June 17, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its much-anticipated Final Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils (Order), finding there is “no longer a consensus that partially hydrogenated...more
On 10 June 2015, the European Union (EU) Council (comprised of the member states) approved a final compromise text on new EU rules for novel foods. Novel foods are foods not consumed in the EU to a significant degree before...more
The FDA announced last week the release of a draft guidance that outlines FDA’s plan to implement the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The draft guidance...more
As many readers of this blog know, the start of 2011 saw the enactment of a massive bill aimed at overhauling the nation’s food safety system to become more preventive instead of reactive to safety problems and illness...more
California bill to require warning labels on sugary drinks dies in committee.
On April 29, a bill that would have required warning labels on sugary soft drinks failed to move forward in the California legislature. The...more
As food transporters grapple with the myriad of compliance issues raised by the Food Safety Modernization Act and the FDA’s looming proposed “Food Safety Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food,” carriers...more
Inside This Issue:
- Executive Summary
- PRC Legal and Regulatory Updates
- Major Enforcement News
- China Communist Party Titles 101
- AIC Penalties Increase Risk of Dual Enforcement Actions
- Frequently Asked...more
KIND LLC faces challenges from FDA on its labeling claims.
KIND LLC, a New York-based natural foods company, says it is working closely with the FDA to address issues raised by the agency in a warning letter over label...more
Judge rejects consumer claim concerning evaporated cane juice -
On March 12, a US district judge in the Northern District of Illinois dismissed with prejudice a consumer lawsuit against the manufacturer of Healthy Grains...more
When Meriwether Lewis tasted his first roasted morsel of a fresh Chinook salmon at a Shoshone camp along the Lemhi River (in modern day Idaho), he ate it with “very good relish.” It convinced him that “we were on the waters...more
Food producers are reporting a sharp rise in food recalls so far this year. During the first quarter of 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published notices of 118 food recalls (excluding pet foods), and the...more
In a much anticipated decision, a California Court of Appeal has upheld a trial court ruling for the defense, finding that trace levels of lead in packaged fruits, vegetables and fruit juice products require no Proposition 65...more
What is the Doris Charles, et al. v. The Wine Group, et al., No. BC576061 (Cal. Sup. Ct., Los Angeles County) lawsuit?
A lawsuit filed last week as a class action against wineries, wine distributors and wine retailers...more
In the wake of the passage and continuing implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, a couple of U.S. Senators and President Obama...more
On March 2, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) executed a settlement agreement (Agreement) following the ACC’s petition for judicial review of EPA’s...more
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