A Food and Beverage Law Blog
Thursday, August 11, 2016

A new federal law will require food makers to disclose when foods contain genetically modified ingredients. The law, which was recently signed by President Obama, will require such food products to be labeled with text, a symbol, or an electronic code readable by smartphone indicating the presence of GMOs. Small businesses will also have the Read More

Monday, July 18, 2016

“Natural” claims aren’t just for the food industry – the Federal Trade Commission recently approved four final consent orders against companies that allegedly misrepresented their personal care products as “All-Natural” or “100% Natural,” despite the fact that they contain man-made ingredients. For more information, see the alert posted here.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

As many of you know, FDA has opened a docket to accept comments on whether and how it should define the term “natural” for food labeling purposes.  Today, FDA announced that it will be extending the comment period until May 10, 2016.   As outlined by FDA: Although the FDA has not engaged in rulemaking Read More

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In this post, we take a look at three recent decisions in which food industry defendants were accused of falsely advertising their food products as “fresh”. As discussed in our prior post, a clear-cut, consensus definition for “fresh” has yet to emerge in the United States, leaving food and beverage companies exposed to significant false Read More

Friday, November 20, 2015

“Fresh” is quickly becoming a not-so-fresh battleground for consumer-brought false advertising lawsuits as we see more and more actions challenging the use of “fresh” in advertising and labels for food and beverages. Most recently, a federal district court in Illinois certified a class of consumers who claim that they were misled into believing that single-serving 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