On October 19, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) published a final rule amending its bottled water quality standard regulations by establishing an allowable level of di (2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”). The new DEHP limit and related requirements will take effect on April 16, 2012.
Under Section 410 of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”),

Senators Hatch and Harkin, the principle architects of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA) (amending the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA)), submitted a letter yesterday to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg "exress[ing] their support for the upcoming new dietary ingredients (NDI) guidance." The Senators stated that the guidance should reflect the intent

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ("USDA") Food Safety and Inspection Service ("FSIS") issued a proposed rule that is intended to ensure that commercial catfish products are properly marked, labeled, and packaged, and are not adulterated. The rule implements recently enacted legislation which was advocated by U.S. catfish producers, and singles out domestic and

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4, 2011, requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to undertake sweeping regulatory action to strengthen the safety of the nation’s food supply. Many of the items on FDA’s “to do” list require significant and swift action. Over the next two years, FDA must

On August 10, 2010, Illinois enacted H.B. 4658, the Employee Credit Privacy Act, which governs the use of credit information for employment purposes. The new law makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to:

  • Fail to hire or recruit, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against an individual because of the individual’s credit history;
  • Inquire

On May 4, 2010, Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), the House Energy and Commerce Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman, and Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, released a discussion draft of a privacy bill intended to address concerns about online behavioral advertising and place limits on how consumer personal information