Gulp! The food industry just won the latest battle in the war on obesity. Last week, a New York State Supreme Court Judge stopped New York City Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban the sale of large sugary drinks, calling the ban "arbitrary and capricious".
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Sara is a partner at <a href="http://www.davis.ca" rel="nofollow">Davis LLP</a>. Her practice is focused on the life science industries, and the intersection of intellectual property and regulatory laws as they impact these industries. <br> <br> Sara's works with clients to get products from idea to market , providing strategic advice on regulatory and intellectual property issues and marketing strategies, and managing global product portfolios. Sara also has particular experience with judicial review of regulatory decisions in the food and drug law sectors. <br> <br> She is a regular contributor to a number of publications, is an active <a href="http://www.thefoodlawyer.ca" rel="nofollow">blogger</a> and tweeter.
Geographic(al) indications, or "GIs" are a type of intellectual property that identifies a product as originating from a specific region and acts as a certification that the product has certain qualities or is made in a certain way. In a sense, a GI gives "street cred" to a product based on where it comes from. If Canada enters into a trade agreement and acknowledges all of the GIs currently recognized in Europe, Canadian companies will lose the ability to label products that are subject to GIS. Consider this: Kraft Parmesan cheese will no longer be allowed to be called "parmesan" (or "parmesan-like" as companies can't even draw similarities or make comparisons to protected GIs).
10/11/2012 05:18 EDT
The average Canadian likely knows more about the "Caramilk secret" than it does about the issues currently on the table in two major trade negotiations that could significantly impact the Canadian food industry. Clues about the status of the talks and the issues on the table have largely come only through leaked information and speculation.
09/12/2012 05:04 EDT
Did you know there are at least 17 "other" names for eggs, 12 for milk and eight for peanuts that are commonly used in food labels? Effective August 4, all Canadian food labels have to clearly indicate if the product contains one of the most common food allergens or gluten. And even better -- the labels have to disclose common names of the allergen, like milk, eggs, soy, etc. Can you hear that? That's the collective sigh of relief from food allergy sufferers and people with gluten intolerances!
07/17/2012 07:56 EDT
I recently read that food is the new fashion -- if that's the case, it's a great time to be in the food biz. And if it's true that eating healthy is the new black, I guess we food lawyers are the newest stylists. Canadians are caring more and more about what we put in our bodies; I work with food and beverage companies to make sure it's their products that are being put into those bodies.
06/25/2012 05:06 EDT
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