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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

Obama Administration’s Organic Animal Welfare Rule Postponed a Second Time

by Varnum LLP on

For the second time, the effective date of the Organic Animal Welfare Rule (OAWR) proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture during the last days of the Obama administration has been pushed back. The new...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #2

Seattle Approves Tax on SSB Distributors - The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on distributors of sugarsweetened beverages (SSBs) proposed by the city’s mayor. SSBs covered by the tax include sports, fruit, energy...more

Washington to Become the First State to Certify Organic Cannabis

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On May 16, 2017, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed GOP-sponsored Senate Bill 5131 to allow Washington State to be the first state in the nation to create a program to certify cannabis products as organic. The new law...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Regulatory Update Vol. IV | Issue 4

by Jones Day on

On May 9, 2017, the Senate confirmed Dr. Scott Gottlieb as the next FDA commissioner. With a 57-42 vote, the Senate filled the commissioner position most recently held by Dr. Robert Califf, who resigned in January 2017 and...more

Trailblazer Foods’ President Rob Miller discusses business acumen, industry growth in Pacific Northwest: Schwabe, Williamson &...

With all the branded products available in today’s grocery stores, what does it take for a private label manufacturing company to make it?...more

Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy Outlines a Role for POTWs in Organic Waste Diversion

by Downey Brand LLP on

Climate Change Law - In its recently adopted Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Strategy, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) identifies POTWs as key components of the state’s strategy to reduce methane...more

Clearing up Standards to Earn Government’s “Organic” Seal

by Barley Snyder on

Federal officials believe a new rule will increase consumer confidence in the government’s “organic” seal and allow for more uniform enforcement of standards concerning organic products. The Organic Livestock and Poultry...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - November 2016 #2

by DLA Piper on

Four cities pass ballot measures to tax sugary drinks. Four US cities – San Francisco, Oakland and Albany, California and Boulder, Colorado – passed ballot initiatives on November 8 that will impose taxes on sugar-sweetened...more

When “Organic” is Not “Organic,” Even When the USDA Says It Is

by Barley Snyder on

Producers of agricultural products go to great lengths to achieve the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “organic” label. Under the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), organic certification is a complex time-consuming...more

Debate growing over preemption of state claims over organic produce labeling

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Recently, the Eastern District of New York held that the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C §§ 6501–6522) preempts various state claims that Abbott Laboratories, Inc. falsely labeled its Similac® Advance® Organic...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

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.7.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Disgraced Wall Street scion Andrew Casperson has pleaded guilty to federal wire and security fraud charges related to his Ponzi-like scheme in which he bilked nearly $40 million from friends and a private foundation....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 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. Beverage industry considers court action against Philadelphia’s soda tax. The...more

Federal Court Vacates Dep’t of Agriculture Guidance; Legislative Rule Requires Notice and Comment

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held, in Center for Environmental Health, et. al. v. Vilsack, that a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidance document, intended...more

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: Product Regulations and Importing into the United States - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends Series - May 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 finalizes rule to combat antimicrobial resistance. The FDA this week...more

Vermont GMO Food Labeling - Is Your Label Ready?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In less than two months, Vermont's genetically modified organism (GMO) food labeling law, Consumer Protection Rule 121, goes into effect. Starting July 1, 2016, food manufacturers producing food containing GMOs to be sold in...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Beneath the Hype: Why Developers & Entrepreneurs Should Be Excited About the Rise of Chat Bots - Last week we featured autonomous hardware as a growth area...more

Expanded Crop Insurance Options for Farmers Transitioning to Certified Organic Agriculture

by Varnum LLP on

The USDA recently announced expanded crop insurance options to allow producers to purchase insurance coverage that better reflects their product's actual value. The expanded coverage is part of the USDA's continued commitment...more

USDA Increases Options for Organic Crop Coverage

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has expanded the protection available under crop insurance policies for farmers growing organic crops. The USDA announced last week that farmers transitioning from the production of...more

Business Litigation Reporter - February 2016

by Goodwin on

Confidentiality Agreement Must be Expressly Preserved in New Employment Agreement. The decision in Meschino v. Frazier Industrial Co., 2015 WL 7295463, at *1 (D. Mass. Nov. 18, 2015) (Stearns, J.), underscores that an...more

An Honest Struggle to Advertise "Natural" Products

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On February 12, 2016, two consumers brought a proposed New York state class action lawsuit against The Honest Company, Inc., a personal care products company co-founded by actress Jessica Alba. The lawsuit alleges that The...more

News & Views: Dietary Supplement Advertising

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Please find below the first edition of our monthly newsletter specifically for our clients marketing dietary supplements. We hope this helps you stay out in front of regulatory challenges. FTC DEVELOPMENTS -...more

2015 Food Industry Decisions With Bite

by Carlton Fields on

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others...more

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