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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

FSVP compliance dates arrive, challenges to food industry increase

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On May 30, 2017, the FDA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals went into effect, placing new compliance requirements on food importers. As readers will recall, in 2011,...more

FDA Deadline Extension: Agricultural Water Standards Compliance

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Demonstrating that submitting comments to the FDA can pay dividends, the FDA announced on June 6, 2017 that it will extend the compliance dates for agricultural water standards contained within the Produce Safety Rule. The...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017

Brazilian Meatpacker to Pay $3.2 Billion to Settle Bribery Charges - The holding company of Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA has reportedly agreed to pay a $3.2billion fine for the company’s involvement in a graft and bribery...more

Lawsuit Challenges GRAS Rule on Food Substance Safety

by Morgan Lewis on

Public interest groups challenge FDA’s “Generally Recognized as Safe” Rule as failing to ensure food ingredients are safe for consumers....more

Retailers and Other Food Importers Must Ensure Food They Import Meets U.S. Safety Standards

by Bryan Cave on

Requirements take effect today under the FDA’s new Food Safety Verification Program (FSVP), which makes retailers and other businesses that import food into the United States responsible for verifying that the food has been...more

Let Food Be Thy Medicine, But Mind Your Words

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A tweet last week from Project Nosh set my food-labeling-lawyer-head buzzing: “Consumers are looking for snacks that aren’t just empty calories. Brands are providing everything from protein to anti-nausea properties.” An...more

United States and Australia: Comparable Food Safety Systems

by Jones Day on

On April 19, 2017, FDA announced that both the United States and Australia have recognized each other's food safety systems as comparable to each other. This is the third time that the FDA has given this recognition to a...more

CJEU upholds principle of free movement of goods for food supplements

by Hogan Lovells on

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) has issued a ruling on the interpretation of Directive 2002/46/EC on food supplements, finding that a French law prohibiting the sale of food supplements from other EU...more

European Food Safety Authority Launches Public Consultation on the Risk Assessment of GMO at Low Level

by Jones Day on

The European Food Safety Authority ("EFSA") has launched a public consultation on a draft guidance document on the risk assessment of genetically modified organisms ("GMOs") present at low levels in food and feed material....more

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