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). … 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… 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… 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

Challenges of advertising functional foods in Australia

Australia’s health rating system On the 27 June 2014, state and territory governments confirmed that Australia will introduce a voluntary 5 star health rating system on food labels. The system requires manufacturers to display a ranking between 1 and 5… Read more

Australia – a new recall protocol for the food industry

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is an independent statutory body established by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (Cth). FSANZ develops standards that regulate the food industry in Australia and New Zealand, such as use of ingredients,… Read more

Alcohol pricing restrictions

With no announcement in the March 2013 Budget on the issue of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol, speculation has arisen that the UK Government may be re-thinking its approach to the issue of alcohol pricing. The proposal for Minimum Unit… Read more

Contaminated meat: legal implications for corporates

On 16 January 2013 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed that the Food Safety Authority of Ireland had identified horse and pig DNA in a range of beef products on sale at several supermarkets. This prompted widespread testing of beef… Read more

Lawyers, food and money

David L Wallace has published an article in Product Liability Law & Strategy in which he examines food litigation in the US and its parallels with tobacco litigation. ... Read more