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Prop. 65: lawsuit targets fish oil supplements containing PCBs
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 12 2010

Environmental and public health groups have sued eight manufacturers and retailers of fish oil supplements sold in California under the state Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop. 65) alleging that the fish oil supplements contain high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and require warning labels


All things legislative and regulatory
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 18 2010

During a March 9, 2010, hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health, several chemical industry executives testified that they favored reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) amid growing public awareness about exposure to chemicals through products and environmental emissions


Enjoining GM alfalfa deregulation went too far according to U.S. Supreme Court
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • June 25 2010

In a 7-1 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that a district court erred in enjoining the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) from even partially deregulating Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa while the agency takes steps to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA


Scientists urge EFSA action regarding BPA reduction
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • European Union
  • June 25 2010

Several environmental, health and women's organizations have called on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to consider "all relevant studies" on bisphenol A (BPA) as the safety watchdog prepares to present its opinion on the chemical next month


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


Codex Alimentarius Commission approves GM food labeling guidance
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Global
  • July 15 2011

According to news sources, the Codex Alimentarius Commission concluded its meeting in Geneva by reaching an agreement on labeling foods that contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients


Recent court developments: BPA, Nutella and Alaskan fishing regulations litigation
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • July 15 2011

A multidistrict litigation court in Missouri has denied motions for class certification in 24 transferred cases against companies that make baby bottles and sippy cups allegedly containing bisphenol A (BPA


Recent agreements to settle disputes: contaminated GE rice lawsuits, dairy pricing and false pet food ads
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • July 15 2011

Bayer CropScience has agreed to pay up to $750 million to settle the claims of rice farmers who allege that the company’s genetically engineered (GE) rice contaminated their conventional crops and led to market losses when some countries closed their borders to U.S


Radioactive beef confirmed in Japan
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Japan
  • July 15 2011

Japanese officials have reportedly confirmed that beef registering up to seven times more radioactive cesium than permitted has entered the food supply, raising concerns among consumers about the country’s safety precautions


Lawmakers urge FDA to halt approval process for GE salmon
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • July 22 2011

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop the approval process for genetically engineered salmon