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USDA, FDA announce joint effort to regulate ‘cell-cultured food products’ from meat and poultry

Kim Bousquet November 21, 2018
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On November 16, 2018, the USDA and FDA announced their intention to “jointly oversee the production of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry.” In this framework, the FDA would oversee cell collection, cell banks, cell growth and cell differentiation. The USDA would then oversee the production and labeling of the food products. READ MORE

Labeling of meat at ‘steak’ in constitutional challenge to Missouri law

Kim Bousquet November 5, 2018
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A lawsuit is challenging Missouri’s recent law criminalizing the labelling of lab-grown animal cell foods as “meat.” The outcome could have significant effects on the food and livestock industries, and the ability of cell-based meat producers to market their products to consumers. READ MORE

Fraudulent organic food imports: How food companies can decrease risks of getting defrauded in 7 steps

Kim Bousquet June 1, 2018
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The organic food market is booming, and so is false organic labeling, according to recent reports. Here's a brief overview of organic food labeling and import laws, and how food and agribusiness companies can protect against receiving fraudulently labeled food. READ MORE

The U.S. is one step closer to GMO food labeling

Kim Bousquet May 11, 2018
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The USDA published long-awaited proposed rules for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. Here’s what food companies need to know. READ MORE

Don’t cry over spilt – organic – milk

Jeff Brown May 10, 2018
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The federal district court for the Northern District of California recently dismissed a putative class action lawsuit, which alleged that Horizon Organic milk containing “DHA” violated California’s unlawful and unfair business practices laws. READ MORE

New rules coming for GMO food labeling

Kim Bousquet March 27, 2018
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Facing a consumer fraud lawsuit based on your product’s “non-GMO” or “GMO-free” labeling? The USDA’s forthcoming rules on the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard may impact your defense. READ MORE

The USDA’s bioengineered food disclosure standard: Where are we now?

Kim Bousquet November 7, 2017
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As food, beverage, and agribusinesses eagerly await the proposed rule on disclosure standard and labeling procedures for bioengineered foods — due in July 2018 — it’s worth reviewing the efforts of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS) toward determining when and how genetically engineered foods must be disclosed. READ MORE

Update: GMO labeling regs are back in limbo

February 3, 2017
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The Trump Administration’s latest executive orders have effectively prevented the USDA from promulgating rules on GMO food labeling, throwing a wrench in the agency's anticipated plans to give more direction to the food industry about the labeling of bioengineered foods. READ MORE

Updated FSIS guidance on raising animal label claims

Kim Bousquet November 2, 2016
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The guidance also provides specific examples of documentation necessary to substantiate certain claims related to (1) animal age, (2) animal welfare and environmental stewardship, (3) breed, (4) diet, (5) living/raising conditions, (6) raised without antibiotics, (7) raised without hormones, (8) source/traceability, and (9) third-party certification. READ MORE

What food, packaging and agribusinesses need to know about the first-ever nationwide GMO labeling law

Kim Bousquet August 1, 2016
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On Friday, July 29, the President signed into law a bill amending the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to insert a provision requiring disclosure (i.e., labeling in some manner) of bioengineered foods. READ MORE

Welcome to the Food Fight Law Blog

December 2, 2015
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Covering the “Food Fight,” the blog will share timely insights into litigation trends, emerging arguments, and challenges facing the food and agriculture industries. The blog will also cover decisions regarding expert witnesses in food and agriculture litigation and relevant scientific articles. READ MORE