September 11, 2015 | Blog | By Joanne Hawana
The International Campaign Against Microbeads in Cosmetics is most likely celebrating this week, following the California State Legislature's passage of a bill that would prohibit the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products after January 1, 2020.
What’s in a Name? When You’re Selling a Food with an Established Federal Standard of Identity, a Whole Lot!
September 8, 2015 | Blog | By Joanne Hawana
A bluntly labeled section of the Code of Federal Regulations – “Mayonnaise” – provides a description of this particular food dressing, the food’s required ingredients, optional ingredients, and how to declare those ingredients.
September 4, 2015 | Blog | By Daniel Herling
California, the beacon of individualism and often marching to its own set of rules, has joined the rest of the country as Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 633 which revises California’s take on what constitutes “Made in USA”.
August 24, 2015 | Blog | By Matthew Howsare
Yes. You read that correctly. Two US companies are selling personal flamethrowers to the public. Once grisly weapons of war, the flamethrowers are now being marketed for more practical purposes such as clearing brush and snow, incinerating weeds between cracks on the driveway, controlled burns, insect control and, of course, having fun.
August 13, 2015 | Blog
On Mintz Levin’s Health Law and Policy Matters blog, our colleague Joanne Hawana discussed the August 7 Warning Letter sent by FDA to the drug company Duchesnay, Inc., after Kim Kardashian praised the company’s morning sickness pill Diclegis in an Instagram post.
August 11, 2015 | Blog | By Matthew Howsare
On July 22, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and major furniture company IKEA jointly announced a “repair program” to address the serious and complex hazard of furniture tip-over posed by 27 million chests and dressers sold by the company.
July 28, 2015 | Blog | By Joanne Hawana
As our readers know, we write about legal developments that affect companies involved in manufacturing, importing, distributing, and/or selling “consumer products.” In many cases, these products fall squarely within the jurisdiction of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Shifting CPSC Recall Landscape? Agency Announces Major “Repair Program” that is not Labeled a “Recall”
July 23, 2015 | Blog | By Matthew Howsare
Yesterday the CPSC and major furniture company IKEA jointly announced a “repair program” to address the serious and complex hazard of furniture tip over posed by 27 million chests and dressers sold by the company.
July 23, 2015 | Blog | By Madeleine Herr
Today the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 passed the House, in a vote of 275 to 150 (more information here). Still a hot-button issue, opposition to the Act is emotionally charged, with those opposed to the bill calling it the “DARK” Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know Act).
July 20, 2015 | Blog | By Katherine Fox
The proposed Federal regulation of GMOs is proceeding. Following the White House’s recent action on GMOs, Representative Pompeo’s “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (H.R. 1599) was passed by the House Agriculture Committee on July 14.
July 15, 2015 | Blog | By Katherine Fox
The “toxic trio” is a foreboding name some associate with common and seemingly innocuous manicures and pedicures. Salon workers suffer higher-than-average rates of birth defects, miscarriages, cancers, and skin afflictions stemming from their daily use of nail products, many of which contain potentially harmful chemicals.
July 10, 2015 | Blog | By Katherine Fox
Last week, the White House waded into the GMO regulatory fray with the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) announcement of a major overhaul of GMO regulation.
July 7, 2015 | Blog | By Matthew Howsare
So what is the CPSC’s “fast track recall” program and what is the benefit of participating in it? What is a “stop sale notice” and why does the CPSC generally request it for fast track recalls?
June 25, 2015 | Blog
On June 2, 2015, the Suffolk County Legislature became the latest county legislature in New York to pass a “toxic-free toys” act. About a week later, the New York City Council got in on the action and introduced a similar bill.
CPSC Files Suit for Second Time in Three Months against a Company for Alleged Failure to Timely Report Defective Product
June 22, 2015 | Blog
On Wednesday of last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that a complaint has been filed in federal court against Spectrum Brands, Inc. (Spectrum).
FDA Determines Artificial Trans Fat Are No Longer “Generally Recognized as Safe”; Must Be Removed From Human Food By June 2018
June 19, 2015 | Blog | By Joanne Hawana
Acting to finalize a tentative decision from 2013, FDA announced on June 15, 2015 that it was issuing a declaratory order that will require manufacturers to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from processed foods over the next three years.
June 9, 2015 | Blog | By Joanne Hawana
As many readers of this blog know, the start of 2011 saw the enactment of a massive bill aimed at overhauling the nation’s food safety system to become more preventive instead of reactive to safety problems and illness outbreaks.
June 5, 2015 | Blog
Earlier this year, we wrote about a far-reaching product safety ordinance enacted into law in Albany County, NY (the “County”) entitled “The Toxic Free Toys Act.”
June 2, 2015 | Blog | By Mina Nasseri
On Friday, Federal Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke partially dismissed a lawsuit brought by commercial alfalfa farmers seeking to overturn a Jackson County ordinance that banned the use of GMO seed stock (“It is a county violation for any person or entity to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically engineered plants within Jackson County.”).
May 28, 2015 | Blog | By Katherine Fox
Joining the rising tide of local GMO legislation, last week voters in Benton County, Oregon defeated the Benton County Local Food System Ordinance, which would have prohibited the cultivation of GMO crops in the county.
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