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No-deal Brexit: New guidance on producing and labelling food products

In the final batch of technical notices, the UK Government has provided guidance on what impact traders can expect on food labelling and packaging in the event that the UK exits the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement on 29 March 2019. Producing and labelling food Currently, EU rules, such as EU Regulation 1169/2011 or “FIC”,

UK Government publishes first no-deal Brexit notices for food

The Government has released its first batch of technical notices which aim to prepare UK citizens and businesses for an exit from the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement on 29 March 2019. Of most relevance to food businesses are the notices on developing genetically modified organisms (“GMOs“) and producing and processing organic foods. Under the

Rules of Origin: a ‘hidden hard Brexit’ for the UK food industry?

The Food and Drink Federation (“FDF“) has published a report on the potential impact of rules of origin on UK food and drink exporters in the likely event that the UK ceases to be part of the EU customs union after Brexit. Rules of origin are the detailed content requirements that determine whether goods are

Majority in favour of improving fairness in EU food supply chain

Initial responses to the European Commission’s public consultation on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer suggest that, bar retailers, the majority of significant stakeholders (including Member States, farmer groups, agricultural organisations and NGOs) are in favour of action at EU level to increase fairness and balance in the food supply chain. The

FDA’s Changing Culture: What Food Companies Need to Know

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is undergoing a major culture change, and nowhere is that impact being felt more than in the food industry.  While visibly preparing new regulations to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the agency has quietly become much more inspection-oriented and enforcement-minded, even under its historic authorities.  Here is

Ninth Circuit Suggests Flexibility in Type Size for Food Statements of Identity

While the Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling in POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola has received attention for its holding on preemption, the decision provides interesting statements in the technical realm of the FDA’s type-size requirements for statements of identity in food labeling. The issue involved the statement of identity for Coca-Cola’s Pomegranate Blueberry Minute Maid drink, “Pomegranate

FDA Strategic Plan Emphasizes Food Safety Law Implementation

The Food and Drug Administration has released the final strategic plan for its Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program for 2012–2016, which will guide the agency’s food-related priorities for the foreseeable future.  The plan in large part reflects FDA’s efforts to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act and leaves little doubt that FSMA implementation is the agency’s