A Food and Beverage Law Blog
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Yesterday, a D.C. Circuit decision came down upholding the country of origin labeling requirements (“COOL”). COOL is the law that requires retailers licensed under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act to, among other things, label certain meat products with information regarding where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered. In yesterday’s ruling, the Court took an expansive approach to the Zauderer Read More

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Written by in: Also of Note

With 59 % of consumers checking labels, it is more important than ever for food producers and manufacturers to ensure their labels are what they say and to protect themselves while marketing their products.  In February of this year, Digest covered the increase in “all natural” litigation, noting that labeling cases are filling court dockets. Read More

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Written by in: Also of Note

You may recall that on January 9, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments regarding COOL, the law that requires retailers licensed under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act to label certain meat products with information regarding where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered. On March 28th, the federal appeals Read More

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The FDA’s highly anticipated proposed rules regarding menu labeling are set for release just around the corner, and businesses and elected officials are already reacting. The proposed rules apply to chain restaurants, retail food establishments, and vending machines with 20 or more locations and require that menus be labeled with caloric information and that certain nutritional information be made readily Read More

Monday, January 20, 2014

Bryan Cave has been in the news recently for its representation of Pinnaclife Inc., regarding patent protection for nutritional supplements.  A California federal trial court judge dismissed claims that Pinnaclife infringed CreAgri Inc.’s patents for olive-based, anti-inflammatory supplements, ruling that CreAgri didn’t know the supplement would reduce inflammation when it filed the patent. San Francisco Read More

Friday, November 8, 2013

What is in all of those little spice containers in the your kitchen?  According to the FDA, as recently reported by the New York  Times, about 12% of spice imports are contaminated with “insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs, and other things.”  Nearly 7% of spices imported contained salmonella.   Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, FDA Read More