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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

Will big beverage, Canadian legislation tilt U.S. closer to federal legalization?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On Oct. 30, 2017, Constellation Brands, a global Fortune 500 producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits, announced a collaboration with Canopy Growth, a provider of medical cannabis products. The collaboration is...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

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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

“Pink Slime” Lawsuit Spins Off into Insurance Dispute

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

Earlier this year, ABC News, through its parent company, reached a midtrial settlement with Beef Products Inc. in the now infamous “pink slime” lawsuit. Under South Dakota food libel statutes, damages in the case could have...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

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #4

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

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

Proposed Guest Worker Visa Could Expand Access to Permanent Foreign Employees for Agriculture Companies

On October 25th, the House Judiciary Committee passed, by the narrow margin of 17-16, proposed bill H.R. 4092, the Agricultural Guestworker Act, which would implement a new program called the H-2C Guest Worker Program. As...more

No Love Lost for FDA Over Granola Ingredients

The Food and Drug Administration showed no love for Nashoba Brook Bakery’s granola by sending a letter to the Massachusetts business instructing it to remove the word “Love” from its ingredient list....more

Bread Company Litigation Over “Grandma’s Recipe” Ends With $2.1 Million Trade Secrets Verdict

On October 6, 2017, a federal jury in Utah entered a $2.1 million trade secret verdict in favor of Bimbo Bakeries USA. Following a trial that wrapped up more than four years of litigation, the jury concluded that defendant...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #3

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

FDA Warns Snyder’s-Lance About Iron Content Labels - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. about the iron content of its Lance Toast Chee Crackers. The letter...more

Cheerios Yellow Box Rejected For Trademark Registration

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In a precedential decision on August 22 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in In re General Mills IP Holdings II, LLC (Serial 86757390) held that the applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to support the...more

Food For Thought: Liability-Only Class Certification Denied For Claims That “No Sugar Added” Juice Labels Misled Consumers Into...

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff’s putative class action alleged that defendant Mott’s violated FDA regulations and California’s Sherman Law and Unfair Competition Law when it labeled and sold its 100 percent apple juice with the label “No Sugar...more

Draft EU List of Authorised Novel Foods Published

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Commission has published a draft implementing Regulation setting out the proposed official EU list of authorised novel foods. A ‘novel food’ is a food or ingredient that has not been consumed to a significant...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #2

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

Chicago Repeals SSB Tax After Two Months of Enforcement - Chicago officials have voted to repeal a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax approved in November 2016 by the Cook County Board of Commissioners but delayed by a...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - October 2017

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FDA formally delays effective date of new Nutrition Facts label. The FDA has extended the compliance deadline for the new Nutrition Facts label until January 1, 2020 for large manufacturers and January 1, 2021 for...more

Rulings, Orders, Settlements – October 9, 2017

by Perkins Coie on

Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Class Action Involving Healthfulness of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Traction v. Viva Labs, Inc., No. 3:16-cv-02772 (S.D. Cal.): The Court issued an order denying Defendant’s motion to dismiss...more

Proposition 65 Warning Required for Furfuryl Alcohol as of September 30, 2017

by Downey Brand LLP on

On and after September 30, 2017, a Proposition 65 warning is required for products containing furfuryl alcohol (CAS No. 98-00-0). California’s Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of...more

Seeing 2020: FDA Proposes New Compliance Date for Revised Nutrition Facts

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Friday, September 29, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) proposed to give food manufacturers an additional year and a half to comply with the revised Nutrition Facts regulations that were published in May 2016....more

FDA Proposes Extension Dates for Labels and Serving Size Final Rules

by Baker Donelson on

On Friday, September 29, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its proposal to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule and the Serving Size final rule...more

FDA Proposes to Extend Compliance Dates for Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels and Serving Size

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 29, 2017, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposal to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule and the Serving Size final rule. For...more

New Filings – October 2, 2017

by Perkins Coie on

Kramarz v. JR Carlson Laboratories Inc., 2017-CH-12609 (Ill. Super. Ct. – Cook Cnty.): Putative class action raising claims for breach of express warranty and unjust enrichment, and alleging violations of various states’...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 6

by Jones Day on

TOP NEWS - FDA Proposes New Compliance Dates for the Water Provisions of the Produce Safety Final Rule - On September 13, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed rule to extend, for covered produce...more

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association: Tyson Foods Scranton, Arkansas Facility Wins Clean Water Award (Full Treatment Category)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (“Association”) announced in a September 21st news release that Tyson Foods River Valley Animal Foods (“Tyson”) in Scranton, Arkansas was a recipient of the 2017 Clean Water Award....more

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