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Food Safety

Food safety is fundamental to the health of our nation and your business. From agricultural enterprises to food processors, food distributors, and grocery stores, businesses involved in the development, distribution and sale of food products need legal counsel that can help them manage the risks associated with producing, delivering and selling this most basic of commodities.

The attorneys of McGuireWoods’ food safety practice wrote the book on food safety — literally. Two of our partners are the authors of Food Safety Law (Law Journal Press, 2010), the essential treatise on food-related legislation, regulation and litigation. Our food safety lawyers have advised companies on some of the largest and most prominent food recalls in U.S. history, and our national litigators have defended food manufacturers, suppliers, restaurants, and packaging entities in high-profile and potentially costly cases alleging foodborne illness outbreaks.

We defend and counsel clients on a host of issues relating to foodborne illnesses, including the management of complex, class action litigation, multidistrict litigation and the defense of individual personal injury actions. We provide guidance on product recalls, regulatory compliance, labeling issues, governmental investigations, and commercial disputes with vendors, wholesalers and retailers, first- and third-party insurance issues and claims, and media relations.  We also defend clients against allegations of criminal violations of USDA and FDA regulations.

Over the years, we have developed a strong network of relationships with professionals in the fields of microbiology, HACCP, manufacturing, medicine, and epidemiology, among many others. Access to these resources enables us to assess and respond quickly and effectively to regulatory inquires and legal allegations when and where they arise.

CONTACTS

James F. Neale Partner T: +1 434 977 2582
Angela M. Spivey Partner T: +1 404 443 5720
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

Representative Matter

North American packaged foods company

Representation of a North American packaged foods company in a four-day trial in Delaware state court. The case sought insurance coverage for the indemnity payments and defense costs client incurred as a result of a recall.
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North American packaged foods company

Prevailed on Motion to Dismiss in novel labeling claim seeking class action injunctive relief that would have forced food producers selling meat products to warn consumers that the products may cause cancer.
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North American packaged foods company

Nationwide defense of North American packaged food company in adulterated food personal injury claims arising in connection with highly publicized food recalls, including more than 600 cases in 24 states, and 20,000 individual claims.
Representative Matter

North American packaged foods company

Effectively consolidated 29 separate state and nation-wide class actions that sought recovery for personal injury and for economic injuries allegedly suffered by consumers of peanut butter allegedly contaminated with salmonella.
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International producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services

Represented meat manufacturer in claim regarding foreign object in meat product. Case was settled two weeks prior to trial with favorable settlement for our client.  In a separate case, representation involving claims of spoiled meat products. Case was settled with favorable settlement for our client.
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Regional supermarket

Represented regional supermarket in all aspects of recall of ground beef containing salmonella. Interfaced with regulators, advised client on public relations matters, resolved claims and defended lawsuits leading to favorable settlements.
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Heather Carlton Heather L. Carlton
Associate
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2562
F: +1 434 980 2251
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Meghan M Cloud Meghan M. Cloud
Counsel
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2534
F: +1 434 980 2254
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Diane Flannery Diane Flannery
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1015
F: +1 804 698 2047
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Susan L Germaise Susan L. Germaise
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8239
F: +1 310 956 3139
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Sidney Kanazawa Sidney Kanazawa
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8238
F: +1 310 315 8210
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Bethany Gayle Lukitsch Bethany Gayle Lukitsch
Senior Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4711
F: +1 804 698 2261
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Brian Malkin Brian J. Malkin
Senior Counsel
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1704
F: +1 202 828 2964
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Patrick M Meacham Patrick M. Meacham
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

T: +1 919 755 6674
F: +1 919 755 6578
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James F Neale James F. Neale
Partner
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2582
F: +1 434 980 2263
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Jontille D Ray Jontille D. Ray
Senior Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1173
F: +1 804 698 2232
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Angela Spivey Angela M. Spivey
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5720
F: +1 404 443 5792
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Martha Swicegood Stwodah Martha Swicegood Stwodah
Senior Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4335
F: +1 804 698 2088
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R. Trent Taylor R. Trent Taylor
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1182
F: +1 804 225 5409
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Speaking Engagement

Challenges Facing the Food and Beverage Industries in Complex Consumer Litigations

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

7th National Forum on Food Borne Illness Litigation

January 29, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Speaking Engagement

Food Regulatory Compliance Summit

October 3-4, 2013
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

Food Labeling Class Actions: The Latest Damages Boon?

Navigating the Challenges of Class Certification, Preemption and Standing

October 1, 2013
Strafford CLE Webinar
Event

Food Fight!

The Legal and Regulatory Battle Over Food Labeling and How Those in the Food Industry Can Protect Themselves

April 11, 2013
Complimentary Webinar
Speaking Engagement

Food Safety & Technology: What’s next for 2013

March 14, 2013
Complimentary Webcast
Event

Anatomy of a Recall

Five Steps Toward Food Safety Preparedness

October 11, 2007
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Legal Alert

Are You Covered for Food Product Recalls?

April 2, 2014
Legal Alert

2014 Food Industry Outlook

January 8, 2014
Legal Alert

“Heart Healthy” Redefined

The American Heart Association Tightens Requirements for Use of “Heart-Check Mark” in Food Labeling and Advertising

November 4, 2013
Legal Alert

Bottoms Up!

TTB Expands Permissible Nutrient Labeling on Alcoholic Beverages

October 3, 2013
Legal Alert

FDA Attempts To Secure The Border

Proposed FSMA Rules Aim To Even Playing Field Between Domestic And Foreign Food Suppliers

August 6, 2013
Legal Alert

The War Over FSMA

After FDA Ignored Congressional Deadlines, Will Court Order Spur Action?

July 8, 2013
Article

FDA’s Strategic Shift from Reaction to Prevention

Food Safety Magazine
March 5, 2013
Legal Alert

FDA’s Strategic Shift From Reaction to Prevention in Full Swing

Release of Two Proposed Rules Under the Food Safety Modernization Act

February 25, 2013
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