Challenges to sugar – Health claims relating to glucose tablets not authorised

The General Court of the European Union has supported the Commission's finding that health claims made in relation to glucose tablets encouraged the consumption of sugar, that such encouragement was contrary to generally accepted principles of nutrition and health and therefore such claims could not be made even though the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) … Read more

New sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences come into force today

The Sentencing Council has published guidelines to be used by Judges when sentencing corporate manslaughter, health and safety offences and food safety and hygiene offences. The guidelines will apply to all sentences passed on or after 1 February 2016 irrespective of when the relevant offence was committed.  They are expected to result in significantly larger … Read more

Criminal liability for defective products: a refresher

With the coming into force last month of the Consumer Rights Act 2015, there has understandably been a significant focus on the civil remedies available to consumers who purchase defective products (see our recent blog post commenting on the new Act).  However, consumer businesses should also give close attention to the potential for criminal prosecution where … Read more

FDA Empowers Plaintiffs’ Bar with Trans-Fat Ban

Following almost two years of deliberation, and notwithstanding a nearly 80 percent drop in the consumption of trans fats over the past decade (due in part to industry’s movement away from the use of partially hydrogenated oils), the FDA has made “a final determination that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that … Read more

Lawyers, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, and Money

Lawyers for class-action plaintiffs in the US often “piggyback” on the work of government regulators and prosecutors — swooping in to file class actions against the recipients of FDA warning letters or the targets of government enforcement proceedings. In some ways, they are to the administrative state what the pilot fish is to sharks. Not … Read more

Australia: Country of origin claims: ACCC guidelines

Businesses that make country of origin claims in marketing their products in Australia should consult the ‘Country of Origin claims and the Australian Consumer Law’ guidelines published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in April 2014. Read more