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Registration Filling Fast For April 11-12 Food Law Symposium

Next week’s food law symposium at Seattle University School of Law, cosponsored by my law firm, Stoel Rives is approaching quickly (I will be one of the moderators). In attendance will be Governor Christine Gregoire, top officials from the CDC and the USDA, representatives of the food industry, scientists, consumer advocates, food lawyers (both plaintiff … Continue Reading

USDA to Study Distillers Grains

We recently published an email alert concerning studies allegedly linking distillers grains and E. coli O157:H7. The Des Moines Register ran a recent article on the subject.  The article mentions the ongoing study by the USDA. The USDA study  “will collect hide and feces samples from 300 control and 300 cattle fed diets supplemented with distillers grains.  Cattle … Continue Reading

Criticizing Food Sellers for Being Too Cautious About Food Safety?

I was surprised to see criticism in the blogosphere about recent efforts by Trader Joe’s and Wegmans supermarkets to restrict certain items of Chinese-grown produce (e.g., spinach and garlic) from their shelves.  The critique seems to be that because some U.S.-grown produce has been linked to recent E. coli outbreaks, U.S. retailers lack standing to … Continue Reading

Why The Fuss About Food Liability?

As we planned the launch of this blog, many asked, “Why the fuss now about food liability?”  Food poisoning has always been a part of human history.  Food liability litigation has been around for a long time.  Products liability law traces its roots to food cases. The answer has several parts.   … Continue Reading

California Farm-Raised Salmon Cases – Preemption

The California Supreme Court last week issued an opinion that federal law does not preempt complaints brought under state deceptive-marketing laws against grocery stores for allegedly selling artificially colored salmon.  The trial court found that claims were preempted by section 337(a) of title 21 of the U.S. Code, a provision of the Federal Food, Drug, … Continue Reading