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NewsFeed - Foley's Quarterly Food Industry Web Conference Series (March 2010)

26 March 2010


  • Web Conference


9:30 a.m. Pacific
10:30 a.m. Mountain
11:30 a.m. Central
12:30 p.m. Eastern
Please join us for the latest session of Foley's NewsFeed Web conference series as we discuss new legal developments for the food industry. Topics include:

The Ongoing Impact of the Commodity Exchange Act on the Food Industry
Foley Partners Scott E. Early and Kathryn M. Trkla will provide an overview of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) regulatory framework and offer guidelines for commercial users of the exchange futures markets and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives. Topics include:

  • The basic regulatory structure of exchange and National Futures Association self-regulation subject to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission oversight
  • Differences in how the CEA treats agricultural commodities versus other commodities
  • Requirements for commercial users of the futures markets
  • CEA implications for OTC derivatives transactions
  • Recent regulatory developments

Antitrust Update: Recent Developments Affecting the Food Industry
In this segment, Holden Brooks, a member of the firm's Antitrust Practice, will discuss the unprecedented U.S. Department of Justice workshop series, Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy beginning in March 2010, as well as the voluminous public comments on farming, dairy, livestock, poultry, and general competition in agriculture submitted in conjunction with the workshops. Additionally, Ms. Brooks will discuss recent antitrust actions in the food industry, including Feesers, Inc. v. Sodexho, Inc., the recent divestiture order in the Bemis Company, Inc. acquisition of Alcan Packaging, the settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Smithfield Foods for pre-merger "gun-jumping" activity, and others.

Understanding the FDA's Reportable Food Registry
Food Industry Team member Joyce E. Gresko will review the basics of FDA's Reportable Food Registry, including:

  • What is a reportable food?
  • Who may be considered a "responsible party" required to make a report?
  • The scope of required information in a Reportable Food Registry report and the submission and review process
  • Related recordkeeping requirements
  • Practical steps for following up with the FDA and other government authorities

The one hour program is complimentary, but pre-registration is required. Participation is limited, so register today. Foley will request one hour of CLE credit for participants.