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Hot tea lawsuit fails on appeal

Kim Bousquet Melissa Gold August 28, 2020
A mug of hot tea on a desk

Almost 26-years after the infamous Liebeck hot coffee lawsuit, the California Court of Appeals for the Second District affirmed in an unpublished opinion the dismissal of a woman’s lawsuit suing Starbucks Corporation after she was allegedly burned by hot tea. READ MORE

FDA and OSHA publish pandemic checklist to assist food industry

Kim Bousquet Melissa Gold August 25, 2020
Photo of commercial kitchen with chefs blurred from movement

On August 19, the U.S. FDA and OSHA published a checklist entitled “Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human and Animal Food Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” While the checklist is not exhaustive and does not create new legal obligations, it pulls from existing guidance provided by the FDA, the CDC and OSHA to serve as a quick reference to help the food industry. READ MORE

7 tips for creating a meaningful food safety program

Kim Bousquet July 24, 2019
Eggs on a conveyor belt in a factory

In food production facilities, poor safety practices can responsible for wide-spread outbreaks and contamination—often leading to incarceration for those responsible. Implementing and following a meticulous food safety plan is essential to achieve food safety goals and avoid harsh penalties. READ MORE