Food Safety

Downey Brand’s Food and Agriculture Group includes a burgeoning Food Safety Practice, dedicated to helping clients navigate the often-complicated world of food safety compliance.

Our attorneys have extensive practical experience with issues of daily importance to farmers, ranchers, input suppliers, packers, processors, and grocers, allowing our clients to focus on the weighty demands of their operations.

Our team understands that food safety is a technical, continuously evolving legal field, and we are active participants, as well as advisors, to industry trade groups, associations, and their members who must deal each and every day with the specific concerns of specialized industries. We are also involved with the agencies that regulate the industry and the legislative committees that work to determine future regulation.

Our comprehensive approach reflects the reality of today’s Food and Ag industry—a thriving, highly-regulated industry with complex business needs. Our attorneys both advise and litigate on a broad spectrum of issues, including:

  • Food Safety Modernization Act and related regulations
  • Supply Contract Disputes
  • Pesticide Regulations
  • Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act
  • Land Use and Environmental Regulations, including Prop 65
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture Licensing
  • Regulatory and Administrative Disputes, Including Writ Proceedings
  • Food Processor Licensing
  • Federal Bioterrorism Act
  • License Suspension and Revocation Hearings
  • Crop Damage
  • Water Quality
  • Wastewater Regulation
  • International Trade
  • Product Recalls

We understand that ensuring a safe food supply is important to both our food industry clients and their customers, and we work together as a team to ensure that both lives and livelihoods are protected.

Experience

  • Draft production and supply contracts for many growers, packers, and processors to ensure compliance with most up-to-date federal and state food safety regulations.
  • Provide industry feedback and participate in federal comment process essential to Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation.
  • Represent food industry clients in false advertising, California Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law (Sherman Law), product liability, Business and Professions Code 17200/17500, and Prop 65 cases, including class actions.
  • Represent clients and negotiate settlements for cases brought by local District Attorneys and the Attorney General as part of the Food, Drug, and False Advertising Task Force.
  • Represent egg producers in seeking clarification and/or invalidation of Proposition 2.
  • Represent livestock and egg farmers in actions filed by arnimal welfare advocacy groups.
  • Provide guidance to clients regarding recall procedures, liability, and compliance.

Selected Experience
  • Draft production and supply contracts for many growers, packers, and processors to ensure compliance with most up-to-date federal and state food safety regulations.
  • Provide industry feedback and participate in federal comment process essential to Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation.
  • Represent food industry clients in false advertising, California Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law (Sherman Law), product liability, Business and Professions Code 17200/17500, and Prop 65 cases, including class actions.
  • Represent clients and negotiate settlements for cases brought by local District Attorneys and the Attorney General as part of the Food, Drug, and False Advertising Task Force.
  • Represent egg producers in seeking clarification and/or invalidation of Proposition 2.
  • Represent livestock and egg farmers in actions filed by arnimal welfare advocacy groups.
  • Provide guidance to clients regarding recall procedures, liability, and compliance.

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