A Food and Beverage Law Blog
Sunday, February 22, 2015

On  February 13, 2015, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service approved the Arctic apple, a genetically modified strain of apple developed to resist browning.  A Canadian company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., first filed its petition for deregulation nearly three years ago.  The technology works by “turning off” the production of a certain Read More

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You may recall prior Digest posts regarding the World Trade Organization’s evaluation of the validity of the US Country of Origin Labeling (“COOL”) law. On Monday, the WTO decided against the United States and has held that the COOL violates international fair trade rules. This is the third time the WTO has found COOL to be Read More

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Yesterday, a D.C. Circuit decision came down upholding the country of origin labeling requirements (“COOL”). COOL is the law that requires retailers licensed under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act to, among other things, label certain meat products with information regarding where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered. In yesterday’s ruling, the Court took an expansive approach to the Zauderer Read More

Friday, January 31, 2014

A decision has not come down from the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling “COOL” law , but Canada is positioning itself to launch a trade-war with the United States just in case. Earlier this week, the Farm Bill was passed by the House of Representatives and made its way to the Read More

Monday, July 15, 2013

In support of FDA’s proposed produce rule implementing portions of the Food Safety Modernization Act, FDA issued today several publications to help small- and medium-sized growers understand their future obligations under the proposed rule.  FDA has been creating fact sheets to to describe requirements such as the obligation to assess potential routes of microbial contamination of produce.  Read More

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The US House of Representatives passed Farm Bill legislation that was stripped of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”), commonly known as the food stamp program. This was the first time since 1973 that the food stamp program was not part of the final Farm Bill, although SNAP remains part of the Farm Bill passed Read More