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Vermont Legislature Passes GMO Labeling Bill
Posted on 8 May 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Vermont’s House of Representatives passed H.B. 112, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], legislation that would require the labeling of food produced entirely or partially from Genetically Modified... Read More

California Federal Judge Rejects Apparel Company's Motion to Dismiss "Made in America" Suit Under California Law
Posted on 17 Jul 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

A California federal court this month ruled against defendants’ attempt to rely on a federal law requiring U.S.-origin claims on textile fabric products to displace a state statute with more stringent requirements. The ruling allows a class action... Read More

Genetically Modified Foods Labeling Laws Under Attack in Congress and Federal Court of Appeals
Posted on 4 Nov 2015 by DLA Piper

GM bill is likely to be introduced in US Senate. The industry-backed Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this bill: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], which would prohibit individual states from setting standards... Read More

Vermont Adopts First US GMO Food Labelling Law
Posted on 18 Jun 2014 by Dianne Saxe

After failed attempts in several other states, and at the federal level, Vermont has adopted the United States’ first GMO food labelling law . The new law requires labelling of food with genetically modified ingredients, starting in 2016. It follows... Read More

Class Certification Is Denied In Baby Food Mislabeling Case
Posted on 7 Aug 2014 by DLA Piper

By Stefanie Jill Fogel , Mary B. Langowski , and Tiffani V. Williams On June 23, a California federal judge declined to certify a class action lawsuit, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], accusing Gerber Products Co. of mislabeling... Read More

Food and Beverage News and Trends: Labeling of GMOs, Honey, Sugar, Cane Juice
Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by DLA Piper

By Stefanie Jill Fogel , Mary B. Langowski , and Tiffani V. Williams • Federal GMO labeling legislation introduced . On April 9, Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) introduced The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 (H.R. 4432) [ enhanced... Read More

Tags: school , FDA , GMO , labeling

GMO Labeling Legislation Update: Industry Friendly Bill Introduced in Congress as State Legislatures Consider Bills Mandating GMO Labeling
Posted on 28 Apr 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

Legislative activity surrounding the labeling of food produced from or containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) continues to escalate as lawmakers on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures consider a variety of proposals. State Legislative... Read More

GMO Crops May Be Grounded In Oregon, While GMO Labeling May Be Stripped Off In Vermont
Posted on 10 Sep 2014 by DLA Piper

By: Stefanie Jill Fogel , Mary B. Langowski , and Tiffani V. Williams Congressman expects state measure against GMO crops will pass. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has predicted that Oregon will approve a statewide ban on the cultivation of GMO... Read More

Purina and Jim Beam Hit By Lawsuits In California Federal Courts
Posted on 27 Apr 2015 by DLA Piper

Nestle Purina hit by lawsuit over allegedly poisonous dog food. A lawsuit filed February 5 in the US District Court for the Northern District of California contends Nestle Purina PetCare’s Beneful dry dog food has “resulted in serious illness... Read More

Appeals Court Hears Arguments Anew On Country-Of-Origin Labeling
Posted on 25 Jun 2014 by DLA Piper

By Stefanie Jill Fogel and Mary B. Langowski On May 19, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, sitting en banc, heard arguments in a case brought by the meat industry challenging COOL as a violation of free speech under the First Amendment. In... Read More

Vermont Attorney General's Office Releases Draft Regulations to Implement Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Law
Posted on 24 Dec 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

Vermont’s Office of the Attorney General has published draft regulations intended to implement the already enacted Vermont Genetically Engineered (GE) food labeling law. Vermont’s GE Labeling Law Vermont’s Act 120, [ enhanced version... Read More

Food and Beverage News and Trends: Citizen Petition Filed For Hummus Standard of Identity
Posted on 15 Apr 2014 by DLA Piper

By Margaret D. Craig , Stefanie Jill Fogel , and Mary B. Langowski Citizen petition filed for hummus standard of identity . A citizen’s petition has been submitted to the FDA seeking to establish a standard of identity for hummus, based on... Read More

Food Court Report: Judge Fails to Find Ascertainable Class Members, Predominance, or Adequate Representation in Labeling Suit against Skinnygirl Cocktails, LLC
Posted on 25 Feb 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

United States Judge, Manish S. Shah, refused to certify a putative class in a labeling suit finding that the class members could not be easily identified, that the class representative was inadequate; and that common issues to class members did not predominate... Read More

Plaintiffs Challenging Food Labels May Be Required to Conduct Expensive Consumer Perception Surveys to Demonstrate Deception
Posted on 5 May 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

A federal judge in California recently made it more difficult for plaintiffs to demonstrate that food labels are misleading. The judge's ruling points to the need for consumer perception surveys to demonstrate that consumers were misled by allegedly... Read More

Grocery Manufacturers Association, Others Say 2009 FDA Guidance On Use Of the Term “Evaporated Cane Juice” Has Caused Chaos In Food Industry
Posted on 4 Jun 2014 by DLA Piper

By Stefanie Jill Fogel and Mary B. Langowski In 2009, the FDA told manufacturers not to use the term “evaporated cane juice” on the grounds that the term could be used to conceal the fact that a product contains added sugar. The... Read More

Tags: Food , sugar , natural , labeling