Product Recall – Global

Understanding Recall Issues A major recall in the food manufacturing and retailing sector was once a rare event guaranteed to make the news headlines. Not anymore. Hardly a week passes without some new eruption of salmonella, listeria, E. coli, or other noxious contaminants cropping up somewhere along the food production and distribution chain. When the source is far back along


US-EU Organic Trade Agreement

Lori Hardaway

Good news for organic food producers!  Organic food trade between the United States and the European Union will be getting easier this summer.  The two countries have signed an agreement allowing products meeting the organic standards in one country to be sold in the other.  This mutually beneficial arrangement broadens the organic market without imposing further burdens on manufacturers creating

EEOC Warns that Requiring a High School Diploma May Violate the ADA

Esther McDonald

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has stated that an employer’s requirement that job applicants hold a high-school diploma may violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. The EEOC made the statement in an informal discussion letter posted on the EEOC website last month. The EEOC said that the diploma requirement must be “job related for the position in question and consistent


Laura Dunn Nelson

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in January 2011, represents major changes in food safety oversight. It requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop science-based preventive controls throughout the food industry. This is a marked change from the FDA’s previous functions that were mostly reactive; e.g. to respond to incidents of

Venezuela- Food firms are likely to see profit margins squeezed because of price controls and inflation

Rafael Gomes

Perils: Regulatory Risks Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: Food Industry/All Sectors Analysis: On 3 May 2011, the Central Bank announced that annual inflation had reached 22.9% in the first quarter of 2011. Although Planning Minister Jorge Giordani portrayed this as a victory, stating that the government had planned to lower annual inflation to 20% by 2012, there are worrying signs that lead

Food exporters, especially from north-eastern Japan, are at high risk of having their export orders cancelled in the coming month.

Rafael Gomes

Peril: Contract Risk Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: All Sectors Analysis: In the past week, a number of countries have imposed screening of imports, primarily of food products, from Japan. These include China (including Hong Kong), Indonesia, South Korea and Thailand, while the European Union has recommended that member states start scanning imports as well. These measures come after reports

Treasury Department Reportedly Considering Tax Break for Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

Esther McDonald

The U.S. Department of Treasury may issue an order giving plaintiffs’ lawyers a substantial tax break allowing them to deduct costs upfront in contingency fee lawsuits.  These costs are typically fronted as a loan to the client; the client promises to repay the loan, sometimes with interest, at the end of the litigation.  Under this arrangement, the cost is a loan

DOJ Issues Final ADA Regulations for Public Accommodation and Initiates Rulemaking for Public Accommodation Websites and Equipment

Esther McDonald

In conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Justice unveiled several important regulatory actions this week that will impact all businesses that open their doors to the public, including places of retailers and restaurants. Persons who are involved in the design and construction of public accommodations facilities, as well as owners

Data Security and Cyber Liability-Stay Tuned

Harold Frick

There are already three states that require retailers to comply with  PCI (payment card industry) data security standards.  The Federal Government is now looking at laws mandating  PCI standards for retailers.  This was the subject of a recent FMI convention in Las Vegas. We will have future posts by key experts discussing Cyber Liability, the threats to retailers and the general public,