A Food and Beverage Law Blog
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says its final rule allowing outside groups to evaluate food additive risks will streamline its “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) reviews. The agency recently released its GRAS final rule for its food additive program, switching reviews from a more formal but slower “petition-based” process to a voluntary “notification” process. Read More

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bryan Cave attorney Merrit Jones recently published two client alerts regarding California’s Prop 65 that impact the food and agriculture industries. The first alert relates to the bisphenol-A (BPA) listing that took effect on May 11, 2016.  Already, two notices of violation have been served alleging harmful exposure to the chemical without providing a warning. Read More

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The current food label will soon be no more. After two decades, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just finalized the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. Making it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices, the FDA announced that the changes are based a combination of public input, updated scientific information, Read More

Friday, February 19, 2016

With the continuing influx of foreign foods, algae, insects, microorganisms and foods with new molecular structures in our diets, the European Union has decided to put in place a harmonized procedure to vet – or not – these “novel foods” before they are placed on the market. This procedure is set out in the recent Read More

Friday, June 27, 2014

Following up on last year’s “gluten-free” labeling rule, the FDA has now published guidance to help industry interpret and apply the rule.  All food products claiming to be “gluten-free” must comply with the rule by August 5, 2014.  At its essence, according to the FDA, “gluten-free” means that the food does not contain an ingredient made Read More

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Another recent decision from the Northern District of California provides defendants with reason for cautious optimism regarding food labeling class actions.  In Sethavanish v. ZonePerfect Nutrition Co., No. 12-20907-SC (N.D. Cal. Feb. 13, 2014), the court denied the plaintiff’s motion for class certification.  That plaintiff alleged that the “all natural” representations on ZonePerfect bars were false and Read More