Claire Mitchell

Claire Mitchell

Claire Mitchell, is a  business transactional and regulatory compliance attorney for the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. Claire counsels companies at all levels of the food and beverage supply chain, including international, national, and regional producers, processors, and retailers, on a variety of regulatory compliance, risk management, and licensing issues. Claire advises clients on consumer product labeling, marketing, advertising, and packaging, product safety compliance strategies, state and federal liquor licensing matters, and commercial contract negotiation, including negotiation of brokerage, custom crush, sponsorship, concession, and contract manufacturing agreements.

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FDA Cracks Down on Company’s Facebook “Likes”

Social media has become a critical component of a company’s product marketing and promotion. However, based on FDA’s increased enforcement action around social media activity, it is a risk to be carefully considered. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a December 11, 2012 warning letter on its website that cited a dietary supplement … Continue Reading

Register Today for FDA’s Public Meetings on Two Major FSMA Proposed Rules

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made some progress toward implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by issuing two new proposed food safety rules. Specifically, the agency published proposed rules to establish standards for (1) growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption (the “Produce Safety Rule”) and for … Continue Reading

Initiative 522 Forwarded to the Washington State Legislature

After reviewing the voter petitions filed in support of Initiative 522 (I-522), the Washington Secretary of State’s Election Division announced last Friday that the measure received enough signatures and has been certified.  The official certification was signed by Secretary of State Kim Wyman. I-522, also known as “The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” … Continue Reading

Another GMO Labeling Iniative on the Horizon, This Time in Washington

Last week on January 3, 2013, sponsors of Initiative 522 (I-522), a measure that would require the labeling of certain genetically engineered foods, filed their petitions with the Washington Secretary of State’s Office for review. The filing of I-522 comes in the wake of Proposition 37, a similar initiative that was ultimately rejected by California … Continue Reading

FDA Extends Food Facility Registration Deadline Until January 31

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the deadline for food facilities to submit their registration until January 31, 2013. Under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States are required to renew their facility … Continue Reading

FSIS Tells Ground Poultry Producers to Reassess Their Food Safety Plans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a press release on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, announcing that companies producing raw ground chicken and turkey and similar products will be required to reassess their sanitation procedures and pathogen control plans over the next few months. Specifically, over the next 90 days, … Continue Reading

Pepperidge Farm Facing Potential Class Action Lawsuit Over All Natural Claims

Although California’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, better known as Proposition 37, failed earlier this month when put to a vote, food companies still remain vulnerable to attacks over the use of genetically engineered ingredients in their products. Specifically, it appears that marketing a food as “all natural” when it contains a genetically … Continue Reading

Proposition 37 Rejected In California, But Other GMO Labeling Initiatives May Be On The Horizon

The high profile battle over Proposition 37 is now officially over. The California voter initiative, also known as the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, would have required certain raw and processed foods that have or may have been “entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering” to be labeled as such. However, California … Continue Reading

California’s Proposition 37 and WTO Agreements

Recently, I attended the annual American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) Conference in Nashville, TN. A topic on many of the attendees’ minds was California’s Proposition 37 or “The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.” A previous discussion of Proposition 37 can be found here. If passed in November, the voter initiative would require certain … Continue Reading

FDA Now Accepting Registration Renewals

This morning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that as of 12:01AM this morning, the updated food facility registration system is now accepting food facility registration renewals. The renewal period was expected to open on October 1, 2012, however, FDA delayed the registration after receiving numerous requests from the Grocery Manufacturers Association and other trade associations … Continue Reading

Mark Your Calendars! Biennial Registration of Food Facilities Under FSMA Starts Next Week

Registration of food facilities with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been a requirement for almost a decade. Since the passage of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness Response Act on June 12, 2002, facilities engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food for consumption in the United States have been required … Continue Reading

Beef Products, Inc. Files Defamation Suit Against ABC

Just yesterday, Beef Products, Inc. (BPI), along with Technology, Inc. and Freezing Machines, Inc., collectively filed suit against ABC in Circuit Court in Union County, South Dakota claiming that ABC’s news coverage of lean finely textured beef (LFTB), or what became infamously known by the nickname “pink slime,” was defamatory and ultimately devastating for the … Continue Reading

Oregon to Adopt 2009 FDA Food Code

The Oregon Public Health Division’s (OPHD) Foodborne Illness Prevention Program announced that it is moving forward with the adoption of the 2009 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code.  The new rules will take effect on September 4, 2012. Oddly, however, the agency noted that it would not be adopting the “No Bare Hand Contact” section … Continue Reading

Canada Proposes Single Food Safety Inspection Model

In May 2012, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published a report called The Improved Food Inspection Model: The Case for Change which outlined the agency’s current approach to food inspection, the context for a new food inspection approach, and the proposed components of an improved food inspection model. The report explains that when CFIA was first established … Continue Reading

Update on BPA Regulation

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that bisphenol A (BPA) is now formally banned from use in baby bottles and sippy cups. The announcement came as a surprise to some as the FDA had only just recently, on March 30, 2012, issued a decision to deny a petition by the Natural … Continue Reading

Egg Safety Rule Now Effective for Midsized Facilities

Egg-associated illness caused by Salmonella has long been recognized as a serious public health problem. Specifically, Salmonella Enteritidis, a bacterium commonly found inside shell eggs that appear normal, continues to be one of the leading bacterial causes of foodborne illness in the United States. These eggs primarily become contaminated on the farm because of infection … Continue Reading
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