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Contaminated Cheese and Chicken
Posted on 25 Feb 2015 by DLA Piper

One person dies from listeria linked to soft cheeses. Two people have been hospitalized and one has died in an ongoing listeria outbreak purportedly linked to Hispanic-style soft cheeses. The three cases were all reported in Washington state. The cheeses... Read More

Food Safety Audit Firms May be Held Liable for Consumer Injuries Resulting from Negligent Inspections
Posted on 23 Dec 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

A food safety audit firm can be held to answer in court for claims that its negligence in performing an audit led to the sale of contaminated food and the subsequent injury, or death, of a consumer of that food. If ultimately found liable, the food safety... Read More

Navigating FDA and USDA Reporting/Notification Requirements for Adulterated and Misbranded Food
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

When incidents of adulterated or misbranded food arise that trigger a need to report to or notify a federal agency, food companies face a number of somewhat confusing, and not always congruent, requirements. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration... Read More

FDA Announces Final Determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils are Not GRAS
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

On June 16, 2015, FDA announced its final determination that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for any use in human food.[1] In effect,... Read More

FDA Announces Plan to Streamline Animal Food Regulation
Posted on 7 May 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

On March 27, 2015, FDA announced a strategy to establish ingredient definitions and standards for animal food. The goal of FDA’s strategy is to promote consistency in the Agency’s regulatory review and clearance of animal food ingredients... Read More

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China Passes Sweeping Amendment to Food Safety Law: The Most Stringent To Date
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

On April 25, 2015, after two rounds of comment solicitation and revision in 2013 and 2014, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China passed the amended Food Safety Law (“Law”).[1] The Law, which will enter into... Read More