Food safety law makes one wonder

February, 2011

Eric F. Greenberg | Attorney-at-Law

A new food safety law is imminent at press time-unless it isn’t. The U.S. Senate passed its version over a year after the House passed it, and then it got sidetracked by procedural and political squabbles into mid-December. Assuming a bill gets made into law, perhaps even by the time you read this, and assuming it contains many of the key provisions that have been included so far, there is much to discuss, even as there will be even more once the bill is made law.

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WHAT ONE COURT CASE CAN TEACH

What One Court Case Can Teach

By Eric F. Greenberg, Attorney-at-law

To help understand the recent scourge of private lawsuits brought against food packagers over the information on their product labels, let’s dive deeply into the recent decision in Mazella v. The Coca-Cola Company, in which consumers in New York State sued Coke claiming its bottled Gold Peak iced tea was misleadingly labeled as being “slightly sweet.” Spoiler alert: The case was dismissed—that is, thrown out—by the judge. I’ll discuss the judge’s lengthy Opinion and Order from July 21. (I can send you a copy if you ask for it at my email address below.)

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