A Food and Beverage Law Blog
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Requirements take effect this week under the FDA’s new Food Safety Verification Program (FSVP), which makes retailers and other businesses that import food into the United States responsible for verifying that the food has been produced in a manner that meets applicable U.S. safety standards. FSVP is one of the seven foundational rules of the Read More

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A new federal law will require food makers to disclose when foods contain genetically modified ingredients. The law, which was recently signed by President Obama, will require such food products to be labeled with text, a symbol, or an electronic code readable by smartphone indicating the presence of GMOs. Small businesses will also have the Read More

Monday, July 18, 2016

“Natural” claims aren’t just for the food industry – the Federal Trade Commission recently approved four final consent orders against companies that allegedly misrepresented their personal care products as “All-Natural” or “100% Natural,” despite the fact that they contain man-made ingredients. For more information, see the alert posted here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

One key element of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act was the Act’s grant to FDA of powers to force a product recall.  Prior to FSMA, FDA had no such authority, and was required to use other authorities to “lean” on companies to conduct a recall.  Now, FDA may force a recall where it finds that Read More

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You may recall prior Digest posts regarding the World Trade Organization’s evaluation of the validity of the US Country of Origin Labeling (“COOL”) law. On Monday, the WTO decided against the United States and has held that the COOL violates international fair trade rules. This is the third time the WTO has found COOL to be Read More

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