A Food and Beverage Law Blog
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

On December 3, 2015, the California Supreme Court held that a claim for intentionally mislabeling produce as “organic” is not preempted by the federal regulatory regime for certifying organic growers. This decision may tend to increase exposure to companies endorsing products as “organic” under California state law false advertising, unfair competition, and other consumer protection Read More

Thursday, July 9, 2015

This morning, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor announced that FDA is extending the compliance date for the menu labeling rules one year, making the new compliance date December 1, 2016.  Since finalizing the menu labeling rules in December of 2014, FDA states that it “has had extensive dialogue with chain Read More

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Digest has been tracking the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (“COOL”) rules that the WTO decided last year violate international fair trade rules.  It was the third time the WTO found COOL to be unfairly discriminatory. In response to the threat of retaliation by Canada and Mexico, last week, the House Agricultural Committee voted to repeal a portion Read More

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Written by in: FDA , Labeling , Prop 65

Plaintiffs have made food labeling class actions a rapidly-growing field in recent years, particularly in the Northern District of California. They typically rely on California’s regimen of consumer fraud statutes when bringing those claims. California also has Proposition 65, which requires labeling of substances that a state agency concludes may cause cancer or birth defects. Read More

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Written by in: Advertising , Labeling

A recent opinion from the Ninth Circuit may cause considerable confusion regarding what food manufacturers may put on their labels outside of the familiar Nutrition Facts Label. In fact, the opinion filed March 13, 2015, is at odds with earlier unpublished decisions from the Ninth and Third Circuits. Reid v. Johnson & Johnson, No. 12-56726 Read More

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Written by in: Labeling

Recent food labeling class actions suggest that plaintiffs’ counsel are broadening the scope of these types of claims. Of course, we are familiar with the more typical food labeling class actions, such as those challenging “all natural” labels or disputing whether a food product complies with federal law when noting it has “no added sugar.” Read More