This week, Shook, Hardy & Bacon celebrates 15 years of the Food & Beverage Litigation Update. Our first issue, published October 9, 2002, explored a number of legislative and litigation trends—including a governmental initiative to ban soft drinks in schools, a lawsuit challenging allegedly toxic ingredients in a protein bar and a U.S. Food and Drug Administration meeting on acrylamide—that we continue to cover each week as they progress through the evolving regulatory landscape.

With our 650th issue, we are excited to announce the launch of the Food & Beverage Litigation Update website. On the website, you can find all 650 issues of the Update in the Archive as well as many issues divided into individual stories that are tagged and categorized with subjects and jurisdictions for your browsing convenience. We will continue to send you a weekly compilation of our coverage, and we welcome you to follow along with our stories as they appear on the website throughout the week.

Thank you to all of our readers, whether this is your first issue or your 650th. We look forward to hearing what you think about this new format of the Food & Beverage Litigation Update!

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For decades, manufacturers, distributors and retailers at every link in the food chain have come to Shook, Hardy & Bacon to partner with a legal team that understands the issues they face in today's evolving food production industry. Shook attorneys work with some of the world's largest food, beverage and agribusiness companies to establish preventative measures, conduct internal audits, develop public relations strategies, and advance tort reform initiatives.