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|All Wrapped Up: China Finalizes Long-Awaited Standards for Food Packaging|
David J. Ettinger, Chen Hu, Mark Thompson; Keller and Heckman LLP;
November 28, 2016, previously published on November 18, 2016On November 18, 2016, China's National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) finalized the following Standards applicable to food-contact materials marketed in the People's Republic of China in its announcement No. 15/2016:
|FDA No Longer Releasing Final Guidance on Laboratory Developed Tests|
Emily A. Johnson; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 28, 2016, previously published on November 22, 2016The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last Friday that it will not release much anticipated final guidance on the regulation of laboratory developed tests (LDTs). Instead, the FDA indicated that it will continue to work with the new administration, Congress, and key stakeholders to...
|Last Chance to Comment on China's Implementing Regulation of the Food Safety Law|
Yun Chen, David J. Ettinger, Eric Gu, Mark Thompson; Keller and Heckman LLP;
November 14, 2016, previously published on October 28, 2016 On October 19, 2016, the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council of P.R. China published the Regulation on the Implementation of the Food Safety Law (Draft for Approval) (hereinafter "Regulation") for public comment. This draft is an update on the version released in December...
|New York City Council Passes Retention Bill for Cafeteria Workers|
Jonathan L. Bing, Javier A. Lacayo; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
October 20, 2016, previously published on October 18, 2016The New York City Council has overwhelmingly passed a bill that mandates a 90-day transition period for displaced food service workers when a new owner or operator takes over a city building.
|Ninth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment Regarding Dole's "All-Natural Fruit" Labeling but Affirms Decertification of the Damages Class|
Edgar Asebey, Jonathan Berman, Colleen M. Heisey, Francoise S. Labrousse, Cristiana Spontoni; Jones Day;
October 11, 2016, previously published on October 2016On September 12, 2016, in an unpublished disposition, the Ninth Circuit reversed in part a district court's ruling that "All Natural Fruit" labeling on Dole Food Co. products was unlikely to deceive consumers. The plaintiff, Chad Brazil, who sought to represent a class of consumers,...
|Ninth Circuit Affirms Class Decertification Order But Reverses Summary Judgment in "All Natural" Foods Label Case|
Andrew J. Bentz, Rebekah Byers (Becky) Kcehowski, Charles R.A. Morse, Sharyl A. Reisman; Jones Day;
October 10, 2016, previously published on October 2016On September 30, 2016, in a closely watched case, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court's decertification ruling based on a faulty damages model but reversed in part the district court's ruling that "All Natural Fruit" labeling on Dole products is not likely to deceive consumers....
|Protect Two of Your Most Important Business Assets: Your Company Name and Your Important Brand Names|
Paul C. Van Slyke; Paul C. VanSlyke, Senior Counsel at Hoover Slovacek LLP;
October 10, 2016, previously published by 1IT Enterprise Magazine, Houston Texas on Fall 2016Your company name and important brand names are two types of your most valuable business assets. Without your company name and brand names, consumers and trade buyers would not be able to identify easily (and choose) your goods or services over those of another. Without a registered trademark, your...
|Say “Cheese,” But Not A Word More!|
Phillips Nizer LLP;
October 7, 2016, previously published on Augsut 24, 2016“100% Grated Parmesan Cheese.” Several consumers claim this seemingly straight forward product description is misleading, so misleading in fact that crafty lawyers have dragged Kraft and other cheese manufacturers into court on false marketing claims. So many parmesan cheese class...
|China's General Rules for Food Production Licensing Review Take Effect|
David J. Ettinger, Eric Gu, Mark Thompson; Keller and Heckman LLP;
October 6, 2016, previously published on September 29, 2016The China Food and Drug Administration's (CFDA) General Rules for Food Production Licensing Review ("General Rules") will take effect on October 1, 2016. The General Rules elaborate on the official review requirements for food production licensing and expand on the requirements in its...
|Seattle Retail and Food Services Employers Beware: New City Ordinance Restricts Scheduling Practices|
Sonja D. Fritts; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak
& Stewart, P.C.;
September 28, 2016, previously published on September 23, 2016The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a bill on September 19, 2016, enacting secure scheduling regulations for large employers in the retail and fast food businesses. Seattle is the second city, after San Francisco, to adopt such regulations. Mayor Ed Murray announced he plans to sign the...