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THE AG & FOOD LAW UPDATE: AUGUST 26, 2016

A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions to: camarigg at uark.edu JUDICIAL: Includes PACA,...

Lawsuits filed over term “100% Natural” on food labels

A number of recent lawsuits target food companies advertising their products as “100% natural” while containing trace elements of pesticides.  In...

Oregon judge strikes down GMO ban

A judge in Josephine County, Oregon overturned a county ballot measure banning farmers from growing genetically engineered crops. According to the...

Court dismisses suit against Whole Foods alleging false advertising

On April 26, the United States District Court Northern District of California granted Whole Foods’ motion to dismiss a class action...

Arkansas Food Innovation Center Workshop, May 18

With the recent consumer focus on locally-grown foods, many farmers and food entrepreneurs are trying to expand their markets by creating...

Department of Justice to aggressively pursue food safety violations

Earlier this week at the Consumer Federation of America’s 39th Annual National Food Policy Conference, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C....

Boulder County, CO may prohibit GMO crops on county-owned land

According to Boulder Public Radio, Boulder County authorities may soon prohibit farmers from growing genetically engineered crops on county-owned farmland. Last...

Florida creamery cannot label its product “skim milk”

A federal court in Florida ruled against a small creamery earlier this week preventing them from labeling their skimmed milk product “skim...

California bill would standardize food label expiration dates

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu has proposed a food labeling measure, AB 2725, designed to give...

Washington AG sues another group over GMO initiative

Capital Press reports that Washington’s attorney general Bob Ferguson filed suit against Food Democracy Action, a group that campaigned for GMO labels...

Legislation introduced requiring labeling of genetically engineered salmon

The Juneau Empire reports that U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced a bill last week requiring all genetically engineered salmon to...

Perdue Farms to eliminate antibiotic use in poultry

The Wall Street Journal reports that Perdue Farms Inc. will eliminate antibiotics used in chicken it sells as nuggets and strips...

USDA proposes improving healthy food access

Posted February 18, 2016 Under a proposed rule change announced Tuesday by the USDA, retailers who accept food stamps would have...

Court rejects lawsuit alleging Chipotle’s advertising deceived customers

Posted February 15, 2016 A federal judge in California recently rejected a lawsuit that alleged Chipotle deceived consumers by advertising its...

Chobani ordered to stop running ads against rival yogurt maker Dannon

Posted February 2, 2016 A federal judge ruled last Friday that New York-based yogurt maker Chobani must cease running ads claiming...

Washington Attorney General alleges intentional deception by Grocery Manufacturers Association

Posted January 28, 2016 Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to penalize the Grocery Manufacturers Association. His office contends the...

Campbell’s to begin disclosing GMO ingredients

Breaking from industry rivals, Campbell Soup Company will become the first major food company to begin disclosing the presence of genetically...

Chipotle Served with Federal Grand Jury Subpoena

Posted January 7, 2013 On Wednesday, in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC),Chipotle Mexican Grille Inc....

Congress repeals COOL after WTO rulings

After more than a decade battle, Congress repealed a Country of Origin Labeling Law (COOL) in December, according to a NBC...

California consumers can challenge organic food labels

Posted December 8, 2015 The Supreme Court ruled that consumers could file lawsuits under California law alleging food products are...