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Senate Hearing on FDA Commissioner Nominee Scott Gottlieb Provides Insights on the Future of Food Safety and Labeling

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last Wednesday, April 5, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions held a hearing on the nomination of Scott Gottlieb, MD, as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. As part of the hearing,...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2017 #2

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA holds public meeting on redefining "healthy" claims in food labeling....more

What the FDA has in store for the food industry in 2017

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As Life Sciences Decoded looks forward in 2017, it is clear that FDA-regulated industries have a great deal of change confronting them. Last year, 2016, was a landmark year for the FDA and food regulations, as the agency...more

USDA Releases Recommendations for Food Date Labeling

by Reed Smith on

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) issued new recommendations earlier this month as part of its efforts to clarify food labeling to improve consumer understanding and to reduce food waste. Specifically, the...more

USDA Proposes Overhaul of Nutrition Facts Panel for Meat and Poultry Products

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a proposed rule to overhaul the nutrition facts panel for meat and poultry products. FSIS issued its...more

3 Steps Food Manufacturers Can Take Now To Prepare For Federal Labeling Regulations

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Consumers seem to be more eager than ever to know what they are eating and what journey it traveled to move from farm to table. In this era of authenticity, artificial is out; organic is in....more

The Cannabis Industry: Burning Batteries, Tasty Treats and Budding Product Liability Litigation

by Wilson Elser on

Pot smokers are not the only ones lining up outside the local dispensaries; plaintiff personal injury attorneys are as well. Watching, lurking, waiting with dollar signs in their eyes for the chance to seek punitive damages,...more

$18 Million Fine Levied for Campaign Finance Violation in Washington State

by Perkins Coie on

On November 3, 2016, a Thurston County Superior Court judge levied an $18 million penalty against a trade association for violations of Washington campaign finance laws. This is believed to be the largest campaign finance...more

Updated FSIS guidance on raising animal label claims: What agribusinesses need to know

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Primary responsibility for ensuring the truthfulness of labels on meat, poultry, and egg products resides with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FSIS is the public health agency of the U.S. Department of...more

5 legal trends food and agriculture companies need to know about

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Thompson Coburn recently sponsored the 37th annual 2016 American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) Symposium in Oklahoma City. I had the honor to help plan the event, speak on food labeling issues, and moderate a panel on...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - October 2016

by DLA Piper on

FDA seeks public comment on possible revision of its definition of "healthy" on food labels. The FDA has begun an initiative to revisit its legal definition of "healthy" as used by manufacturers on food labels. In a September...more

No Small Potatoes: Patenting Spuds in an Era of Gene Silencing

by Lane Powell PC on

During a 1911 journey—in which he would discover Machu Picchu—Hiram Bingham’s exploration party came across native Peruvians who “lived almost entirely on gruel made from chuño, frozen bitter potatoes. Little else than...more

Regulatory and Product Liability Overview for Distributors of Food Products in California

by Buchalter on

Welcome to California! California is a great place to live and work, and we are fortunate to call it home. But there is no sugarcoating the fact that California presents unique and daunting challenges to product...more

Food and Beverage Alert - September 2016

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Colorado judge permits Boulder initiative on sugary drinks to proceed. A...more

The updated face of food labels: The nutrition facts panel

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the federal Food and Drug Administration has recently published two rules concerning the nutrition facts panel on foods and the supplement facts panel on dietary supplements....more

Safe Food Labeling Act — Less Label Clarity and Less Safety?

While Americans have been bombarded with news of Pokemon sightings, legislation concerning our food safety passed through the House, with barely a whisper from the mainstream media. The House of Representatives submitted...more

New Industry Resources for FDA’s New Nutrition Facts Regulations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Nutrition Facts label “Industry Resources” web page to help businesses comply with the requirements of the final rules, which became effective on July 26, 2016....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends Series

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Beer trade group urges industry to adopt voluntary nutrition and calorie...more

One Step Closer to a National GMO Labeling Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The Vermont GMO Labeling Law is currently in effect, but it may soon be preempted by federal legislation making its way through Congress. On July 7, by a vote of 63-30, the US Senate passed a measure (Senate Bill)...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2016 #2

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape....more

Agreement Reached on Bipartisan Federal GMO Food Labeling Bill

Provides Practical, Mandatory Disclosure and Preempts State GMO Labeling Laws - Senate Agriculture Committee leaders reached agreement June 23, 2016, on a bill that would require food containing genetic material modified...more

Stabenow’s GMO Labeling Bill Could Serve as a Potential Congressional Compromise

by Varnum LLP on

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) plans to propose a GMO labeling bill after briefing groups from each side of the debate. Stabenow has shown her proposal to the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) whose...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - June 2016

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA draft guidance aims to cut sodium in US diet. On June 1, the FDA...more

FDA Issues Final Rules That Change Nutrition Facts Labels

by Morgan Lewis on

No more sugar coating—the Rules impose new label requirements, and manufacturers will incur additional costs. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) has announced the issuance of two new final rules: one...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - May 2016 #2

by DLA Piper on

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

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