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WA ecology department finds toxic chemicals in children’s products
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 24 2014

Tests conducted by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) have revealed that although "most" manufacturers are evidently following laws that


Peru imposes 10-year ban on GMO foods
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Peru
  • December 7 2012

Peru has passed a law that prohibits genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from being imported, produced or used anywhere within the country for the next 10 years


Danish councils establish database to identify products containing nanomaterials
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Denmark
  • December 7 2012

The Danish Consumer Council and Danish Ecological Council, in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, have reportedly developed a database intended to help consumers identify products that may contain nanomaterials


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.”


Dole targeted with “greenwashing” class action
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • November 30 2012

A putative class action alleging that Dole Food Co. misleads consumers by claiming it is an environmentally friendly and socially responsible company despite purportedly purchasing bananas from growers using pesticides in Guatemala has reportedly been filed in a California federal court


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.”


EU court allows challenges to proposals for chemical phase-out
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • European Union
  • March 22 2013

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has upheld the European Chemicals Agency's (ECHA's) decision to list several substances as "substances of very


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


Growth chemical blamed for bursting watermelons in China
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • May 23 2011

Watermelons have reportedly been bursting on farms in eastern China during recent wet weather, a phenomenon that state media attribute to the growth chemical forchlorfenuron


EPA proposes revising rule on protection for human subjects in pesticide research
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • February 11 2011

EPA has issued a proposed rule that would revise the agency's rule on protections for subjects in human research involving pesticides