Food & Agriculture

Ark. Farmers May Smell Trouble From N. Carolina Lawsuit


By Robert W. George

Arkansas’ Right-to-Farm statute, first adopted in 1985 and last amended in 2005, is generally believed to protect farmers, especially poultry and swine farmers, from lawsuits by neighbors seeking damages for the sounds, sights and smells naturally produced from confined animal feeding operations (CAFO.) 

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FDA Poised to Regulate Lab Grown Meat & Poultry


By: Robert W. George and Kael K. Bowling

A June 15, 2018 notice from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. suggests that the Food and Drug Administration may have won the first round of a debate about who should regulate meat and poultry products grown in laboratories rather than on farms. In its notice, FDA touts its prior experience evaluating new areas of food innovation and schedules a public meeting in Washington, D.C. for July 12, 2018 to start the dialogue about how to regulate “cultured meat products” made from cells collected from animals that are multiplied using non-traditional food technologies.

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USDA Releases Proposed Mandatory GMO Labeling


By: Robert W. George and Kael K Bowling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released on May 4, 2018 proposed rules which, if finalized, will require certain foods produced from genetically modified organisms (GMO) crops or ingredients to be labeled as “bioengineered” beginning January 1, 2020 thus avoiding the controversy over the GMO terminology.

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Former VP of Tyson Foods Joins Litigation Group at Firm


Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP is proud to welcome attorney Robert W. George to the firm where he will serve as senior counsel in the commercial litigation practice area. George will be based in the Rogers office of the firm and work in both federal and state courts representing clients in environmental and toxic tort claims, as well as commercial disputes. His practice will also include the handling of claims involving fraud, theft, unfair competition and trade secrets, false advertising and trademark infringement.

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FDA Extends Compliance Date For Certain Uses of PHOs


By Robert W. George and Kael K. Bowling

Deadlines are fast approaching for food manufacturers to eliminate Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs) from their products. In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration determined that PHOs were no longer Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) and established Monday, June 18, 2018 as the deadline for removal of PHOs from food product formulations.

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