The Consumer Advocacy Group, Inc. has filed a series of Proposition 65 (Prop.
65) 60-day notices since December 2013 against supermarkets and rice
companies in California, Texas and Taiwan, alleging violations of the law for
failure to warn consumers that their rice products contain arsenic (inorganic
arsenic compounds), known to the state to “cause both cancer and reproductive
toxicity.” The most recent notice was filed February 17, 2014. Under
Prop. 65, private citizen enforcers must notify the alleged violator and local
prosecuting authorities of their intent to sue so that the alleged violator has
the opportunity to correct any alleged violation and local district attorneys
have the opportunity to bring government action. The first in this series of
notices, brought against Far West Rice, Inc., also alleged that the company’s
rice contained lead.


Issue 514

About The Author

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>