Industry interests that lost their challenge to the listing of 4-MEI as a chemical
known to California to cause cancer have abandoned the appeal they filed
before the Third District Court of Appeals in February 2012. Cal. League of
Food Processors v. OEHHA, No. C070406 (Cal. Ct. App., case complete August
15, 2012). Additional information about the challenge and trial court decision
appears in Issues 420 and 429 of this Update. California EPA’s Office of
Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added the chemical,
commonly found in foods such as soy sauce, roasted coffee and the caramel
coloring added to colas and beer, to the Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) list in
January 2011.

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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.

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