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|Father and Son Food Company Executives Sentenced to Prison for Salmonella Outbreak|
Douglas J. Behr, Arthur S. Garrett, Eric P. Gotting, Robert S. Niemann, Manesh K. Rath; Keller and Heckman LLP;
August 17, 2016, previously published on August 2, 2016The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently upheld the sentences of two corporate executives at an Iowa egg production company who were each sentenced to three months in prison, and fined $100,000 for their role in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that affected as many as 56,000...
|OSHA Issues Rules for Food Safety Whistleblower Cases|
David E. Dubberly; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
August 5, 2016, previously published on May 9, 2016On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued final procedural rules for investigating whistleblower cases under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The new rules give employees who claim they have been retaliated against...
|United States Senate Reaches Bipartisan Agreement to Establish First Mandatory, Nationwide Labeling Requirements for Bioengineered Foods|
Melvin S. Drozen, Alissa D. Jijon, Leslie T. Krasny, Evangelia C. Pelonis; Keller and Heckman LLP;
July 29, 2016, previously published on June 27, 2016On Thursday, June 23, 2016, United States Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) reached a bipartisan agreement which would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish the first mandatory, nationwide labeling standard for...
|Unions Pressure Carolina Farmers|
William H. Floyd; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
July 14, 2016, previously published on June 30, 2016Carolina farmers must constantly deal with changing weather and markets. Add one more challenge: labor unions. Recently, labor unions have actively targeted certain agribusinesses in the Carolinas.
|Pesticide Linked to Birth Defects May Contaminate Crops|
Waters Kraus LLP;
June 9, 2016, previously published on May 3, 2016Glyphosate is the most popular herbicide in the world. Yet in 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer warned that the substance is a likely carcinogen. The state of California agrees. And animal studies have linked the widely used weed killer to birth...
|Australian Antitrust Enforcer Pursues Alleged Egg Cartel|
Prudence Smith, Nick Taylor; Jones Day;
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 2016The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) has announced it will appeal the Federal Court's decision dismissing the ACCC's proceedings against the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL), a trade association for egg producers, and four other corporate and individual respondents.
|Colorado: Law Requiring $5,000 Surety Bond for Marijuana Sellers Repealed|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 19, 2016, previously published on March 24, 2016Two weeks ago, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB 16-1041 into law, thus eliminating the requirement that medical and retail marijuana establishments post a $5,000 surety bond before receiving or renewing their state-issued and mandated licenses. The reason for the repeal is that lawmakers thought...
|OSHA, Focusing on Meat Processing Industry, Launches Emphasis Programs for Three Midwestern States|
Tressi L. Cordaro; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
April 19, 2016, previously published on April 5, 2016The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched emphasis programs in three Midwestern states in an effort to reduce injuries and illnesses that government data show have affected 7.5 percent of employees in the meat processing industry there.
|Addressing Labor Shortages With Temporary Agricultural Workers|
Ryan E. Lamb; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
March 18, 2016, previously published on February 29, 2016My labor needs are not being met by the domestic market—when can I seek foreign applicants? Are potential applicants currently living in the U.S. eligible to apply under the H-2A Visa program?
|New USDA Program Supports Rural Economic Development|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
March 10, 2016, previously published on March 9, 2016The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a new program to let electric cooperatives partner with regional organizations to boost rural economic development. The USDA has set aside $500 million for rural projects that support economic and community development plans.