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Food & Beverage Litigation Update | March 2018 #3

USDA Withdraws Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a final rule withdrawing the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule, leaving existing organic regulations in...more

Arkansas 91st General Assembly – Second Extraordinary Session 2018: House Bill 1007/Senate Bill 8 – Update

As noted in previous posts (see previous posts of 03-13-18 and 03-14-18 here) House Bill (“H.B.”) 1007 and Senate Bill (“S.B.) 8 would add a subsection to a section of Subchapter 2 (Water Pollution) of the Arkansas Water and...more

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: Considerations When Negotiating Food Transportation Contracts

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There exists some confusion among entities covered by the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food regulations, found at 21 C.F.R. § 1.900 et seq. and published April 6, 2016 (STF Rules), as to their respective...more

Industry Coalition Sends Letter On Farm Bill To Congressional Agricultural Committee

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 6, 2018, a coalition of over 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to the Agricultural Committee leaders in the House and Senate urging the reauthorization of and stable mandatory funding for the energy...more

NIFA Issues 2017 Annual Report

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) published its 2017 Annual Report: User Inspired Science Transforming Lives. The report provides an overview...more

California DFA Ordered to Suspend Chemical Activities

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 22, 2018, the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Sacramento, issued a judgment granting petition for writ of mandate and declaratory and injunctive relief (Judgment) to suspend further chemical...more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: March 2018 #2

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

USAgNet discussed PepsiCo Foundation efforts to combat student hunger. The Minnesota Star Tribune discussed expansion of Walmart grocery delivery....more

The Latest in the Prop. 65 World: Processed Meat; Lead and Cadmium in Chocolate; and Glyphosate in Herbicides

by Downey Brand LLP on

February was a busy month in the Proposition 65 world with two developments that may impact businesses that manufacture or sell processed meat or chocolate products. In addition, the United States District Court for the...more

UPDATE: USDA Withdraws Organic Livestock Mandates

by Barley Snyder on

This is an update to a previous client alert, “USDA Rethinking Organic Livestock Mandates.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to withdraw its final rule governing treatment of animals used for organic...more

Arkansas 91st General Assembly – Secondary Extraordinary Session 2018: House Bill 1007 – Modification /Review of Arkansas...

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson issued an official call to legislators for an Extraordinary Session of the 91st General Assembly which convenes today at 9:00 a.m. Call item number 6 is described as...more

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 9

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week, legislators again focused on floor work with action on many bills and the Senate started to work through its confirmation calendar. Department of Human Services - The Senate delayed the confirmation vote on...more

Increasingly Popular Backyard Chickens Should Be Permitted But Regulated To Protect Human And Animal Health.

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

An interesting study about ordinances governing backyard poultry ownership in Colorado was recently published, titled “A Method for Guarding Animal Welfare and Public Health: Tracking the Rise of Backyard Poultry Ordinances”...more

Agriculture/Superfund Release Reporting: March 8th U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing

The United States Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight Committee of the Environment and Public Works (“Committee”) held a March 8th hearing in regards to: Senate Bill 2421 – The Fair...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | March 2018 #2

US, EU Near Agreement on Shellfish Trade - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to allow the import of raw bivalve molluscan shellfish—including clams, mussels, oysters and scallops—harvested in the...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Department of Justice Sues California Over “Sanctuary Cities,” USCIS Likely to Suspend Speedy Processing for...

Justice Department Sues California - On Tuesday night, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the State of California, as well as Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General of the State Xavier...more

DOE Awards $10.6 Million In Funding For Bioenergy Crop Research

On February 25, 2018, the University of Illinois announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a $10.6 million grant for the Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) project. The project...more

New Human Rights Case Alleging Deception Of Consumers Filed Against Food Companies (This Time On The East Coast)

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In the wake of the 2016 dismissal of human rights cases filed against food companies in California, a new class action case was filed on February 26, 2018 in Massachusetts federal court (Tomasella v. Hershey Co.) alleging...more

New Laws Part II: 2018 Ushers in Changes to Land-Use, Development Laws

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As we noted in Part I of this two-part series, lawmakers passed a wave of new laws in 2017. Today we look at the bold moves California legislators made to address the State’s affordable housing crisis, while passing a...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

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Federal government kicks off the process for revamping the nation's Dietary Guidelines. On February 28, the USDA and the US Department of Health and Human Services formally began the latest process of updating the Dietary...more

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Programmatic Treatment of Biomass/Forest Products Industry: February 13th Letter from...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator E. Scott Pruitt (“Pruitt”) hand delivered, during a visit to the State of New Hampshire, a letter to Governor Chris Sununu which is characterized as an update on...more

Industry Insights: Key Takeaways From The GMA Legal Conference

by Perkins Coie on

Earlier last week, attorneys in the Perkins Coie Food Litigation team joined top in-house counsel, defense attorneys and regulatory experts at the GMA Legal Conference which took place in New Orleans, LA. The conference...more

Newsletter: Environmental Law Update

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Throughout Connecticut’s legislative session, these updates highlight developments concerning environmental law and policy. The author prepares updates as Legislative Liaison of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Environmental...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | March 2018

GMA Conference Panels Explore Trends in Class Actions, Organic Production - Litigation, increasing online grocery shopping and consumer concerns regarding product ingredients were hot topics at the 2018 Grocery...more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: March 2018 #1

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Forbes reported on the tension between the meat and plant-based industries. Beverage Daily discussed Michelob launch of organic grain beer. CNN reported on Sam’s Club entry into grocery delivery market....more

Nutter Bank Report, February 2018

Small Bank Holding Company and Qualified Mortgage Regulatory Relief Bills Pass House The U.S. House of Representatives has passed two regulatory relief bills with bipartisan support, one of which would raise the ceiling on...more

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