Monthly Archives: January 2013

Me, me, me! (shameless self promotion at its finest!)

Hi readers.   Since this is my blog, I’m taking the opportunity shamelessly self promote myself.

Here’s a link to me, talking about the two new proposed rules under FSMA - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlSPy6yrRfE&feature=player_embedded

And, here’s a link to a webinar I did earlier today on the branding of foods and beverages - http://www.anymeeting.com/gilbertsllp/ED50DB86884B Continue reading

Assessing the Impact of the Proposed (FSMA) Rules

Check it – I (along with some other super smart people) was interviewed for, and quoted in, this fantastic article which appeared in today’s edition of International Trade Today by Broker Power  - www.brokerpower.com.  The article looks at the impact of the two Proposed Rules (under FSMA) on importing and exporting facilities.

New FDA Food Safety Rules Could Close Doors for Small Businesses and Developing Countries (Reprinted with permission of Warren Communications News) Continue reading

Exciting Innovation through Combining Food and Beauty

I stumbled across a really interesting interview on the Supply Side Cosmetics Insights website regarding the partnership between Skin Authority and the Dole Nutrition Institute. 

The CEO of Skin Authority, Celeste Hilling spoke to Supply Side Cosmetics Insights about the partnership.  You can read the entire interview here. Continue reading

Update: FTC Upholds Administrative Law Judge Decision Regarding POM (no evidence of) Wonderful

On January 10th, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”, the US agency responsible for protecting consumers from fraud and deception) upheld an Administrative Law Judge’s decision that unsupported claims were made about POM products in advertisements.

As I reported here, in May 2012, FTC Administrative Law Judge upheld a FTC complaint against the makers of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements.  The FTC alleged that the advertising of the POM products made false and unsubstantiated claims relating to the prevention or treatment of heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction.  Continue reading

Branding Foods and Beverages in Canada

Hello all!

I just had an article publish in Lawyer’s Weekly Magazine and thought some of you might be interested in reading it.

The article is about using intellectual property (IP) and regulatory laws to brand foods and beverages.  IP and regulatory laws are really the heart of my practice (in the food space and otherwise) and I like to say they go together as well as wine and cheese, or popcorn and chocolate (don’t dis it until you’ve tried it!).  I hope you enjoy the article (and learn something about what I do as a regulatory and branding lawyer)! Continue reading

The US Food Safety Modernization Act – Progress!

Happy New Year readers!  I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and that you are well-rested and ready to tackle 2013 (bring it!).

For my first posting of the New Year, physician I’m delighted to report on progress in the wide world of food safety.

As many of you know, I have been closely following the FDA’s progress in implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – it’s been slow and many of the deadlines provided for in the Act have come and gone. Continue reading