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
“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.
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
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
On December 3, 2015, the California Supreme Court held that a claim for intentionally mislabeling produce as “organic” is not preempted by the federal regulatory regime for certifying organic growers. This decision may tend to increase exposure to companies endorsing products as “organic” under California state law false advertising, unfair competition, and other consumer protection Read More
This morning, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor announced that FDA is extending the compliance date for the menu labeling rules one year, making the new compliance date December 1, 2016. Since finalizing the menu labeling rules in December of 2014, FDA states that it “has had extensive dialogue with chain Read More