Food Law Weekly News Roundup 2/15

Bankruptcy Judge ensures feed for 54,000 Cows

Easterday Ranches, Inc. a cattle farm in Washington State, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after Tyson sued the ranch for over $200 million on claims of invoice fraud and cut payments to Easterday. This led to projections by Easterday that they would run out of cattle feed within a few days. At the bankruptcy hearing, Judge Whitman Holt approved a motion to bar creditors from claiming the money in order to prevent Easterday from being forced to terminate operations and risk the lives of 54,000 cattle.

Lawsuit Challenges US Approval of Heme in Impossible Burger

The Center for Food Safety has filed suit arguing the FDA erroneously approved soy leghemoglobin for human consumption without sufficient long-term studies. Soy leghemoglobin is a key ingredient in the Impossible Food’s plant based products that creates the “umami taste” and “mimics the appearance of blood to be reminiscent of actual animal-derived meat.”. The Center for Foods safety claims there is significant risk of adverse effects discovered in a short-term trial with tests conducted on rats.

Baby Food Producers Face Lawsuits Regarding Heavy Metals in Baby Food

Following the release of a report by the subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy disclosing the levels of heavy metals, including arsenic, led, calcium, and mercury, in baby food, a pair of consumer class actions were filed. The suits were filed on February 5th against Gerber and Plum, PBC, two of the seven companies included in the report. While the FDA does not have thresholds for the allowable levels in baby for, the existing quantities were determined to pose a severe health risk. Consumers allege violations of consumer protection statutes based on false and deceptive failures to disclose.



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