Food & Beverage

  • February 3, 2014

    Tempt Hempmilk Accused Of Bogus Sugar Labeling

    A putative class action filed Thursday in Florida state court alleges that Living Harvest Foods Inc. is misleading consumers by listing the ingredient "evaporated cane juice" in some of its Tempt Hempmilk products, saying it is a false and misleading term for sugar.

  • February 3, 2014

    Gruma Can't Rely On FDA To Nix Labeling Action, Judge Told

    Gruma Corp. should be barred from again arguing that a proposed food labeling class action should be dismissed because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has jurisdiction over what food is considered “natural,” the woman bringing the suit said Friday.

  • February 3, 2014

    US Questions India Subsidies As WTO Starts Work On Ag Deal

    As the World Trade Organization started working last week to implement the agriculture section of a recently agreed-upon package of trade concessions, the U.S. and Canada questioned India's plan to sell excess wheat at prices that may undercut those of U.S. or Canadian exports.

  • February 3, 2014

    Investor Class Action Against Stevia Supplier Nixed

    A New York federal judge on Friday dismissed a proposed class action that claimed a producer of popular sweetener stevia failed to provide proper notification of a declining relationship with its primary customer to its investors.

  • February 3, 2014

    FDA Floats Criteria To Gauge Food Contamination Risks

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will identify high-risk foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act by relying on criteria including the frequency of illnesses associated with those foods, severity of those illnesses and chances for contamination, the agency said Monday.

  • February 3, 2014

    Jack Link's Loses Bid For Lower Tariff Rates On Jerky

    The Federal Circuit on Monday shot down Link Snacks Inc.'s bid for a lower tariff rate on beef jerky, finding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection properly classified the company's jerky as cured beef.

  • February 3, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Jos. A. Bank, Lenovo, Nestle

    Jos. A. Bank is pursuing acquisitions of its own after sharply rejecting a $1.6 billion takeover bid from Men's Wearhouse, while Lenovo will not get a slice of Sony despite recent success in other pickup plays.

  • February 3, 2014

    Navajo Nation Taxes Junk Food, Makes Healthy Food Tax-Free

    The largest Indian reservation in the U.S. on Thursday tacked on an extra 2 percent in sales tax to all junk food sold within the Navajo Nation boundaries, an area that includes parts of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

  • January 31, 2014

    Brand Battles: MLB, Seattle Seahawks, Hatfields & McCoys

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, MLB continues to heat up the offseason at the TTAB, the Seahawks keep filing oppositions during Super Bowl week and the legendary Hatfields & McCoys are at it again.

  • January 31, 2014

    NZ Ag Groups Won't Support TPP Without Full Tariff Removal

    A coalition of New Zealand's leading food producers on Thursday told the government's trade and agricultural authorities that it will not lend its support to an eventual Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact unless the deal includes a comprehensive tariff removal on agricultural and seafood products.

  • January 30, 2014

    Pet Owners Denied Class Cert. In Toxic Dog-Treat Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday refused to certify several nationwide classes of consumers who bought allegedly tainted dog treats from Globalinx Pet LLC, finding class certification would be inappropriate because consumer protection laws differ across the jurisdictions covered by the proposed classes.

  • January 30, 2014

    EU Panel Backs Plan To Ban Invasive Plants, Animals

    Members of a European Union parliamentary committee voted Thursday to advance a proposal to ban invasive alien species including plants, animals and insects that can carry diseases, harm the environment or cause economic losses from entering the EU.

  • January 30, 2014

    Mass. Soda Tax Proposal A Bitter Pill For Legislators

    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wants to nix a sales tax exemption for candy and soda and bring his state in line with a majority of states that currently tax the products, and while supporters say the idea will bolster Massachusetts' reputation as a health-conscious state, detractors say the resulting tax increase will be a tough sell to legislators.

  • January 30, 2014

    NAD Sends Chicken Of The Sea's Dolphin-Safe Claims To FTC

    The National Advertising Division said Thursday it has turned over its investigation into Chicken of the Sea Inc. advertising claims to the Federal Trade Commission after the company declined to cooperate with the industry watchdog.

  • January 29, 2014

    Caramel Coloring Puts Soda Cos. In Prop 65 Crosshairs

    Consumer Reports recently discovered elevated levels of a potential carcinogen in PepsiCo. sodas, leading the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to launch an investigation and handing the plaintiffs bar ready-made claims under California's Proposition 65 labeling requirements.

  • January 29, 2014

    House Passes $956B Bipartisan Farm Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved an estimated $956 billion farm bill, after congressional negotiators earlier this week agreed to a compromise that cuts food stamp funding, conservation programs and direct farm subsidies while extending federal funding for communities with large tracts of untaxable federal lands.

  • January 28, 2014

    Chobani Can't Call Its Yogurt 'Greek' In UK, Court Rules

    A U.K. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision barring Chobani Inc. from labeling its yogurt as “Greek” in the U.K., agreeing with a lower court that marketing the U.S.-made yogurt as such was misleading to consumers.

  • January 28, 2014

    Melon Farmers Avoid Prison For Deadly Listeria Outbreak

    Cantaloupe farmers Eric and Ryan Jensen, who pled guilty to allowing a Listeria outbreak that killed 33 people in 2011, were sentenced Tuesday to six months of home detention, five years of probation and $150,000 in restitution.

  • January 28, 2014

    Syngenta Dodges Bayer's Suit Over Fungicide Patent

    A North Carolina federal judge on Monday dismissed a patent infringement suit alleging that Syngenta Crop Protection LLC's Appear fungicide product had ripped off a patented chemical compound owned by Bayer CropScience Inc.

  • January 28, 2014

    Meat Groups Say Farm Bill Won't Quell Labeling Fight

    Meat and poultry groups from the U.S. and Canada on Monday voiced their staunch opposition to the newly unveiled farm bill, with each side citing the legislation's failure to resolve an ongoing trade dispute surrounding U.S. meat labeling rules that involves the two countries and Mexico.