A Food and Beverage Law Blog
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Litigation surrounding “all natural” claims has been ramping up, and settlements are on the rise. Naked Juice paid $9 million dollars to settle claims about the “all natural” branding of its juices in 2013.  As of February 6th, Trader Joe’s is following suit and plans to pay out $3.38 million dollars in addition to discontinuing the use of Read More

Friday, January 31, 2014

FDA has announced that it is extending the comment period on its proposed rule regarding Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals until March 31, 2014.  FDA is also extending the comment period on the related Draft Qualitative Risk Assessment of Risk of Activity/Animal Food Combinations for Activities (Outside 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

Thursday, January 16, 2014

GMOs have been in the news a lot recently, from General Mills’ announcement that Cheerios will be labeled GMO-free to apples that don’t rust.  One important development that has received less attention is FDA’s decision to decline an invitation by several judges to define whether “natural” and “all natural” claims can be used with respect to Read More

Friday, November 8, 2013

Despite recent victories by industry over “all natural” plaintiffs, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that some food companies are abandoning the “all natural” and similar claims in the face of mounting litigation and lack of clarity from FDA over the definition of “all natural” claims.  As reported in the Wall Street Journal, food and drinks Read More

Friday, November 8, 2013

In the first GMO labeling initiative since California voters rejected Prop 37 last November, voters once again rejected the mandatory labeling scheme.  The vote, which will likely end up being about 54% opposed and 46% in favor when certified, appears to have been heavily influenced by late campaigning from opponents.  Opponents spent about $22 million against Read More