COVID-19 Deter Class Actions? No. Plaintiffs' Attorneys Have Time For More Complaints? Yes.
Class action complaints filed in 2020 against food, dietary supplement and beverage firms should pass 2019’s total as COVID-19 has not slowed litigants but has given plaintiffs’ council more time out of court to shop for new cases.
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Supplement and food firms should "check to see if any ingredients they use may be affected or potentially contaminated by genetically engineered bio-synthesized ingredients,” said Jim Thomas, scientist and co-founder of ETC Group. Biotechnologies have emerged to yield ingredients for clean label products with organisms raised in ecosystems developed from processes that involve genetic engineering.
The bill would pre-empt state laws for labeling of genetically modified products, requiring USDA to establish “a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard with respect to any bioengineered” as well as any relevant requirements and procedures USDA determines necessary.
FDA notes three citizen petitions asking the agency to define “natural” for use in food labeling and one asking it to prohibit the term on labels in addition to federal courts requesting administrative determinations,. But a rulemaking might not be the outcome, and any decision will be a long time in coming.