Risky Business

Agricultural Stormwater or Pollution?

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Jan 9, 2015 4:14:11 AM

An important environmental lawsuit is currently pending that might make you think differently about "stormwater".

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) recently filed a “Friend of the Court” brief in the United States District Court in North Carolina, supporting a motion for summary judgment submitted by Rose Acre Farms. The brief asked the court to reaffirm that any stormwater that incidentally contacts dust and feathers from poultry houses via ventilation fans and deposited on the ground constitutes “agricultural stormwater” that is exempt from National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit permitting requirements. Rose Acre Farms submitted the motion for summary judgment following notification by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) that company was required to obtain a NPDES discharge permit.

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Topics: Risk Manager on Your Side, Agricultural News and Insights

Food Liability: Training Your Employees Food Safety

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Apr 10, 2014 3:57:41 AM

April 10, 2014. According to the federal government, approximately 76 million Americans are affected by foodborne illnesses each year. Although most episodes of foodborne illnesses are short-lived, many people have died from food poisoning. Foodborne illnesses are almost always caused by improper growing, processing, distribution, or preparation of food. Produce may become contaminated with certain germs and cause people who ingest them to develop Salmonella, Lysteria, Shigella, or E. coli food poisonings. Recently, there have been numerous food recalls, such as the Nestle cookie dough recall and sprout recall. These foods have been linked to food poisoning outbreaks, and food manufacturers face potential liability for the food they produce, because they are responsible for, among other things, providing their employees with proper food safety training and ensuring that the food is handled properly. Failure by a manufacturer to do so may result in food liability.

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Topics: Risk Manager on Your Side, Agricultural News and Insights

New FDA Food Labeling Requirements

Posted by Goosmann Law Team on Mar 20, 2014 9:05:48 AM

March 20, 2014. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration passed new laws changing the requirements of what a serving size is on food product labels. Parts of the nutritional information will now be highlighted such as calories, sugar content and portions. The new labels will need to disclose the stats for each serving size as well as the stats for the entire package. You may find an FDA discussion of the new requirements HERE.

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Topics: Risk Manager on Your Side, Agricultural Lawyer on Your Side, Agricultural News and Insights