As part of the PetFood Industry Webinar Series, HB Partners Ryann Glenn and Emily Lyons will be hosting a free webinar about managing FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) requirements and pet food product recalls on January 20, 2022.

This presentation will provide an update on how domestic and foreign pet food manufacturers are managing

We have previously blogged about ag-gag laws in general and the Iowa law in particular, the last post about Iowa being on January 3, 2020.  Animal rights groups such a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) or the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) conduct undercover investigations of farm and ranch properties to uncover incidents of animal abuse.  They often gain access to the property by subterfuge, such as applying for employment without disclosing their true motive.
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Husch Blackwell Partner Michael Annis and Senior Associate Emily Lyons are slated to provide five On-Demand Webinar Sessions at this year’s Digital Animal Health Summit hosted by the KC Animal Health Corridor on August 24, 2021.

The Digital Animal Health Summit features 1:1 business partnering, on-demand webinars, emerging company presentations and live stream programming with industry leaders. The Summit brings together organizations from within the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, which is home to more than 300 animal health companies, representing the largest concentration in the world.
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On June 12, 2020, we blogged about the so-called ag gag law enacted by the Arkansas legislature.  Animal rights organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) or the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) often conduct undercover investigations of farms and ranches to uncover abusive practices and publicize them to the world.  A typical method for undercover investigation is to seek employment under false pretenses, then secretly film possible abuses.
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Husch Blackwell’s Emily Lyons and Mike Annis will present “Green Rush: Making and Marketing Pet Foods and Treats with CBD” at the virtual Petfood Forum CONNECT conference on Thursday September 17 at 9 am (CDT.) Emily recently spoke with Tim Wall, Senior Reporter for Petfood Industy, to preview the discussion here.
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On June 7, 2018, we blogged about the Fourth Circuit’s opinion reinstating challenges to North Carolina’s so-called “ag-gag” law. Such statutes are common. Their objective is to prevent undercover investigations of agricultural facilities designed to uncover and publicize abuse of animals. These statutes raise serious First Amendment issues and the courts have generally enjoined their enforcement, in whole or in part.
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Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) jointly issued an interim guidance to meat and poultry processing companies to facilitate continued operations and mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.  This interim guidance document marks the first time the federal government has issued comprehensive recommendations to a specific industry on safe operation of a facility during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
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Earlier this year, a class action complaint was filed against Coca-Cola and one of its subsidiaries, Fairlife LLC, alleging false advertising for selling “humanely sourced” milk. Why false? According to the complaint, which was filed in June, the dairy cows milked at Fairlife’s flagship farm were subjected to allegedly “horrendous animal abuse,” despite Fairlife’s claims in its advertising and on its labels that its animals lived in “extraordinary care and comfort.”

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We blogged several times – most recently, on April 24, 2019 – about Iowa’s “ag-gag” law, which makes it a criminal offense to gain employment in or access to farm or ranch operations by means of false pretenses. The primary purpose of these kinds of statutes is to prevent undercover investigation of agricultural operations that engage in animal cruelty.

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