Product Safety and Recall in the U.S. and EU

Joe Falcone and Howard Watson have published an article in Product Liability Law & Strategy addressing the varying approaches taken by the EU and the US to ensure the safety of products placed on the market in those jurisdictions, specifically with respect to supply chain and recall requirements as well as penalties for non-compliance. 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 stars to indicate the nutritional quality of the product. Read more

EPA Targets Nanotechnology: Hi-Ho, Nanosilver, Away?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken an aggressive approach to regulation of nanoscale silver under the Federal Fungicide, Insecticide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). In this article attorneys David L. Wallace and Justin A. Schenck summarize historical and recent regulations governing nanoscale silver and provide recommendations for companies involved in selling products containing nanoscale silver. … 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, processing aids colouring, additives, vitamins and minerals. FSANZ is also responsible for some labelling requirements … Read more

Conflict of laws in product liability cases and the territorial application of the Consumer Protection Act 1987

Lawrence Allen & Others v Deputy International Limited [2014] EWHC 753 (QB) The English High Court handed down judgment in a case concerning the applicable law in relation to product liability claims and the territorial scope of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (“CPA“) which transposes the Product Liability Directive (85/374/EEC and 1999/34/EC) into UK law. Read more