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French MEP feeds foie gras furor
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • France, USA
  • October 19 2012

French MEP Francoise Castex has reportedly condemned California’s statewide ban on the production and sale of any product that is “the result of force-feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging its liver beyond normal size,” calling the prohibition on foie gras “a battle for Europe.”


Golden Rice study criticized on ethical grounds
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • China, USA
  • September 14 2012

A recently published study involving transgenic rice has reportedly drawn criticism from Greenpeace China, which has accused U.S. researchers of using Chinese children “as guinea pigs in a genetically engineered ‘Golden Rice’ trial.”


Commercial pesticide company to pay $12.5 million for criminalcivil FIFRA violations
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 21 2012

A major U.S. commercial pesticide manufacturer will pay $12.5 million in criminal fines, civil penalties and restoration projects for violating provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by applying insecticides to bird-food products, falsifying product registration documents, and distributing unregistered pesticides


Testing lab owner sentenced to prison for falsifying results
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 28 2012

The owner of an environmental testing laboratory in Douglassville, Pennsylvania, has reportedly been sentenced by a federal court to nine months in prison for his role in a conspiracy that resulted in reporting false water test results


FTC revises “Green Guides” for environmental marketing claims
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • October 5 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised its Green Guides to “help marketers avoid making misleading environmental claims.”


ABA sponsors program on California’s proposed GM food labeling law
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • July 20 2012

The American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources will hold a teleconference on July 31, 2012, titled “California’s Proposed GM Food Labeling Law: Pros, Cons, and Legal Issues.”


Pew report points to gaps in FDA toxicity data for food additives
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • August 16 2013

The Pew Charitable Trusts' Food Additive Project has published a paper in Reproductive Toxicology claiming that gaps in the toxicity data for food


Lipsticks found in manila contain toxic chemicals
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • August 15 2013

Environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition has reportedly found lipsticks containing excessive levels of hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, lead


Apples top EWG list of most contaminated produce for fourth year
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • May 2 2014

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has issued its 2014 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which ranks pesticide contamination in "48


Consumers taking new shots at product manufacturers
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 29 2010

With an increasing number of companies touting their products as "green" or "environmentally friendly," consumers have reportedly begun challenging those claims in court complaining that they paid more for products that did not meet their expectations