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Food Advertising And Compelled Commercial Speech In 2017

According to the Hyper-Chicken, a lawyer from my favorite television show, “freedom of speech applies to what comes out of a mouth, not what goes in.” State of Alabama v. Giant Space Iguana, 273 U.S. O (2976) (chewing corners...more

Today’s Hot Topic: Food Advertising

by Reed Smith on

From time to time I like to remind clients of specific network guidelines to keep in mind when developing advertising. One such guideline involves the advertising of food....more

Food Litigation Trends: New and Undefined Label Claims in 2017

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Part 1: Current Trends and Ingredient Claims - Class-action lawsuits involving the false advertising of food products continue to be one of the most active areas in class litigation. Originally published in Update...more

Soy Vey! FDA May Revoke Soy’s Heart Health-Claim

by Reed Smith on

The FDA has called into question its health claim finding a link between consumption of soy protein and reduced risk of heart disease. Since 1999, the FDA has allowed manufacturers and advertisers to label soy products with...more

One step closer to new rules on organic farming

by Hogan Lovells on

After three years of negotiations, the European Union is nearing the end of a long process to simplify and harmonise the rules for organic food production and the labelling of organic products. ...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017#3

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French Agency Finds Unlabeled Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Food - The Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes (DGCCRF), a French agency for consumer affairs and fraud...more

For N.D. Cal., Primary Jurisdiction is the “Natural” Outcome

by Reed Smith on

We’ve got food on our mind. Last Sunday, the CBS Sunday Morning show ran its food episode, with segments about, inter alia, a little restaurant in the north of England being rated the best in the world, the Martha Stewart...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 7

by Jones Day on

USDA Inspector General Recommends Reform of AMS Organic Program for Imports - The USDA Inspector General ("IG") reviewed the Agricultural Marketing Service's ("AMS") process used in determining whether exporting...more

A Thanksgiving of Patentable Nuts and Vintage Nutcrackers

No, this post is not about the Thanksgiving antics of eccentric relatives. Rather, it describes patented varieties of almonds, walnuts and pecans they may crack open with vintage nutcrackers—making a gleeful mess before...more

FDA Publishes Supplemental Guidance on Menu Labeling for Chain Restaurants

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On November 7, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the latest in a series of industry draft guidance documents to help implement menu labeling and nutrient disclosure regulations applicable to chain...more

FDA Releases New Guidance On Menu Labeling Rule

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Trump administration is moving forward with an Obama-era initiative requiring certain food establishments to list calorie information on menus and menu boards, including food on display and self-service food. The FDA...more

Celebrity Chef Sued By Certification Organization Over “Gluten-Free” Labelling

by Reed Smith on

Last month, gluten intolerance advocacy group Gluten Intolerance Group (“GIG”) sued celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for trademark infringement and unfair business practices under the Lanham Act and state consumer protection laws...more

IP in the Food & Beverage Industry

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Snack foods, packaging and bottling equipment, recipes and restaurants are all part of one of the world’s largest industries. The food sector plays an essential role in the economies of many countries, accounting for multi...more

Chipped Away: Frito-Lay Removes “All Natural” Label from Products Containing GMOs

by Reed Smith on

The plaintiffs in a five year old consumer class action against Frito-Lay North America and its parent company PepsiCo, Inc. got their wish earlier this month when Frito-Lay agreed to remove the “All Natural” label from its...more

FDA Draft Guidance on Menu Labeling

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 7, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance regarding menu labeling requirements for certain chain restaurants and food establishments that are subject to the menu labeling requirements...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017 #2

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Senators Urge USDA to Implement GMO Labeling - Several Democratic senators, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging Secretary Sonny Perdue to...more

Menu Labeling Update: FDA Issues New Guidance, Plans to Implement Rule in May 2018

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released a draft guidance, "Menu Labeling: Supplemental Guidance for Industry" (Draft Guidance). In the Draft Guidance, FDA addresses comments it received...more

The USDA’s bioengineered food disclosure standard: Where are we now?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

More than halfway through the two-year period Congress gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a disclosure standard and labeling procedures for bioengineered foods, the affected industries are still left with more...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - November 2017

by DLA Piper on

FDA proposes revoking heart-health claim for soy protein. Citing "inconsistent findings" in research, the FDA announced October 30 that it is proposing to revoke its permission for companies to make a claim that soy...more

Genetically Modified – Naturally!

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On October 25, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed a consumer class action under Massachusetts law, contending that Wesson vegetable oil is falsely labeled “100% natural” because it allegedly...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017

NOSB Votes to Continue Allowing Hydroponics - The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has reportedly voted to continue allowing food grown in water-based nutrient solutions to be labeled “organic,” rejecting a...more

Quaker Oats Succeeds in Maple Syrup Suit

by Reed Smith on

The Central District of California granted Quaker Oats Company’s Motion to Dismiss a Consolidated Class Action Complaint on October 10. Plaintiffs alleged Quaker Oats Company was liable for labeling its “Maple & Brown...more

Risk Mitigation Strategies for Food and Beverage Companies: Five Prophylactic Measures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Each year, food, beverage and agribusiness companies pay millions of dollars in settlements, penalties and judgments to consumers allegedly harmed through the sale, advertisement and manufacture of their products. The legal...more

Love Is Not An Ingredient

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last month, the Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) sent a lengthy warning letter to Nashoba Brook Bakery, a bakery based in Massachusetts, identifying a number of alleged violations of food regulations and labeling...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #4

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Furans in Baby Food May Pose Health Risk, EFSA Reports - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued an assessment of the risks of furans and related compounds 2- and 3-methylfurans, concluding that they pose a...more

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