Food, Drug & Agriculture

Homegrown Restaurants Tied to E. coli Cluster King 5 News reports that Seattle and King County public health officials are investigating an E.coli outbreak at several Homegrown restaurants in the Seattle area. Officials say four people have tested positive for Shiga-producing E. coli (STEC) after eating food at three different Homegrown restaurants in King County: Redmond, Kirkland, and Seattle at the Westlake Avenue location. View Full Post
On May 15, 2018, the Federal Circuit in In re BigCommerce issued an order in response to writs of mandamus seeking dismissal and transfer.  Nos. 2018-120, 2018-122, 2018 WL 2207265 (Fed. Cir. May 15, 2018).  The panel ruled that for purposes of the patent venue statute (28 U.S.C. View Full Post
Industry Insight: FDA Extends Deadline for Eliminating PHOs The U.S. Food & Drug Administration determined in 2015 that Partially Hydrogenated Oils (“PHOs”) are not “Generally Recognized as Safe,” or GRAS. PHOs are the leading source of trans fats in the human diet. In the nutrition industry, much is disputed, but the unhealthy nature of trans fats, a form of unsaturated fat, is not. View Full Post
UWMC hit for a third consecutive year A patient has contracted Legionnaires’ disease while undergoing treatment for cancer at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), the third consecutive year that the deadly respiratory illness has hit the hospital. The news comes less than a year after the death of a woman in her 20s who contracted Legionnaires’ while a patient at the hospital. View Full Post
On May 22, 2018 FDA announced that it had issued warning letters to three companies marketing kratom products with medical claims.  FDA’s letter asserts that the claims that the products could be used as pain killers, to reduce opioid dependence, to treat diabetes, to lower blood pressure, and to treat other ailments; are medical claims that have not been reviewed by the Agency.  View Full Post
The “Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity” is an international agreement which aims at sharing the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way. View Full Post