Tag Archives: LEGISLATION

Senator Gillibrand Announces Bill to Expand FDA’s Investigative Authorities

As our readers know, this blog has previously covered the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreaks that occurred in the spring and fall of 2018. Ultimately, FDA determined that the outbreak that occurred in the spring of 2018 may have been caused by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in the Yuma, Arizona area, and the outbreak that … Continue Reading

Trade Associations Send Letter to All Members of Congress Urging Action on CBD in Dietary Supplements

On October 8, the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, and the United Natural Products Alliance – a group of trade associations representing the dietary supplement and natural products industries, sent a letter to all 535 members of Congress urging them to pass legislation that would make … Continue Reading

Congress Continues Efforts to Combat Food Waste

As previously reported on this blog, food waste is a major issue in the United States. We also have reported on previous attempts by Congress to curb food waste through legislation (see here and here). The most recent effort to reduce food waste was made by Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) when … Continue Reading

Proposed Legislation Would Lock-In USDA’s Oversight of Cell-Based Meat

As we previously reported, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued a “Formal Agreement Between FDA and USDA Regarding Oversight of Human Food Produced Using Animal Cell Technology Derived from Cell Lines of USDA-amenable Species” (the press release can be … Continue Reading

New Arkansas Law Defines Rice, Beef, Pork, and Meat

Arkansas recently joined the states that prohibit marketing a product as “meat” if it is not derived from livestock or poultry. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed HB 1407, titled, “To Require Truth in Labeling of Agriculture Product Are Edible by Humans,” into law (Act 501) last month. Significantly, Arkansas Act 501, also bans manufacturers from … Continue Reading

San Francisco to Propose Banning Sale of E-Cigarettes

The San Francisco City Attorney, in coordination with the City’s Board of Supervisors, announced on March 20, 2019 that it will introduce legislation to prohibit the sale and delivery of e-cigarettes in the City unless such products have been established as “appropriate for the protection of the public health” through the Food and Drug Administration … Continue Reading

Arizona Legislators Join Cell-Cultured Meat Labeling Debate

As previously reported on this blog, there has been considerable discussion around the regulation of cell-cultured meat both at the federal and state levels. Earlier this month, USDA and FDA published a formal agreement regarding federal agency oversight of human food produced using cell technology. Under the formal agreement, FDA will oversee cell collection and … Continue Reading

Court Rules En Banc for Injunction Against San Francisco’s Health Warning Requirement for Soft Drink Ads

  As previously covered on this blog, the City of San Francisco passed legislation in June 2015 that required health warnings to be placed on advertising for sugar-sweetened beverages (i.e., nonalcoholic beverages with caloric sweeteners that contain more than 25 calories per 12 oz.). Specifically, the warning would have read: “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added … Continue Reading

What to Know about California’s New Proposition 12 Requirements on Farm Animal Confinement

During the November 2018 election, California voters passed a ballot initiative known as Proposition 12, which establishes new standards for confinement of certain farm animals and bans the sale of products that do not comply with the new confinement standards.  The ballot initiative amended an existing California Health and Safety Code section, Chapter 13.9 (“Farm Animal Cruelty”).  … Continue Reading

Nebraska Bill Defines Meat as Derived from Livestock or Poultry

Introduced January 10, 2019, Nebraska Legislative Bill 14 would prohibit “misrepresenting a product as meat that is not derived from livestock or poultry.” The bill, which was referred to the Agriculture Committee on January 14, was introduced by Sen. Carol Blood. “I’m not bringing this bill to tell people what they can and can’t eat. All … Continue Reading

New York City Considers Warnings for Restaurant Foods High in Added Sugar

Following on its 2015 sodium warning regulation, New York City is considering a bill that would require chain restaurants to display a warning symbol and related text next to menu offerings that are high in added sugar.  “Added sugar” is defined as “sugars and syrups put into foods during preparation or processing.” The bill, which … Continue Reading

Washington and Oregon to Vote on Soda and Food Tax Bans

Washington State Initiative 1634 would ban local taxes on groceries. The initiative defines groceries as “any raw or processed food or beverage, or any ingredient thereof, intended for human consumption except alcoholic beverages, marijuana products, and tobacco. The ban would not apply to existing taxes, including Seattle’s sweetened-beverage tax (see our January 2, 2018, blog … Continue Reading

GFI and Others Sue Missouri over Plant-Based and Clean Meat Labeling Law

The Good Food Institute (GFI), the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, and Turtle Island Foods (Tofurky brand) sued the state of Missouri over a new law, Mo. Rev. Stat. § 265.494(7), which prohibits labeling a product that is not derived from harvested production livestock or poultry as meat. The … Continue Reading

Will Pennsylvania Join Other States in Banning Local Soda Taxes?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages approved by the Philadelphia city council in 2016 (see previous blogs here, here and here for background information on that tax and court challenges to the tax). Opponents of the tax had argued that the tax violated Pennsylvania’s Sterling Act of 1932, which prohibits … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Bill Would Protect State Marijuana Laws

Several U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill titled, Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act), on June 7. The bill would allow states, U.S. territories, and federally recognized tribes to choose how to regulate the use of marijuana within the borders of their state without federal interference. However, the bill would leave certain … Continue Reading

Missouri Considers Plant-Based Meat Labeling Bill

The Missouri House approved a bill that would ban companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat (St. Louis Post Dispatch). The labeling proposal is included in House Committee Bill 16, which passed the House by a vote of 107 to 38 on April 26, 2018. Now before the state Senate, the … Continue Reading

Washington Senate Passes Bill to Phase Out Salmon Farming

Current efforts to ban salmon farming in Washington State began shortly after the August 2017 failure of a net pen structure owned by Canadian-based Cooke Aquaculture that resulted in the escape of more than 240,000 invasive Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound. On March 2, 2018, the Washington State Senate passed HR 2957 by a vote … Continue Reading

Salmon Farming Update: Washington State Terminates Another Lease

As previously reported on this blog, Cooke Aquaculture (Cooke) sued the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) last month for terminating its Port Angeles net pen lease for salmon farming. On February 4, Washington State DNR announced that it was also terminating the lease for the company’s Cypress Island Atlantic salmon net pens. In … Continue Reading

Washington State Senator Considering Ban on Atlantic Salmon Farming

Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) plans on proposing legislation in the upcoming session to ban Atlantic salmon net-pen farming, reports the Seattle Times. The legislation is in response to an August 2017 incident where 100,000 fish escaped into Puget Sound from a net-pen farm. The Washington Department of Ecology defines Net-Pen finfish aquaculture … Continue Reading

School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017 Proposed to Reverse Declining Milk Consumption

As previously reported on this blog, USDA submitted an interim final rule on July 6, 2017, that would—among other things—expand the types of flavored milk allowed in the school lunch program. That announcement followed a May 2, 2017 proclamation by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue explaining that USDA would provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Senate Bill to Increase Ag Export Funding Praised by Farmers

Legislation that would increase funding for two U.S. Department of Agriculture export promotion programs was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week. Sponsored by Senators Angus King (I-ME), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Susan Collins (R-ME), the “Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act” (S. 1839) would increase funding for … Continue Reading

Court Blocks San Francisco Law Requiring Warnings on Soft Drink Ads

As previously covered on this blog, the City of San Francisco passed legislation in June 2015 that required health warnings to be placed on advertising for sugar-sweetened beverages (i.e., nonalcoholic beverages with caloric sweeteners that contain more than 25 calories per 12 oz.).  Specifically, the warning would have read:  “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes … Continue Reading
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