Please stop by Booth # 840 and visit Jason Klinowski of Freeborn & Peters. Members of our Food Industry Team will be on hand to greet everyone. Come see us!
On Thursday, May 9, 2013, Jason Klinowski will be one of three panel speakers addressing the “Hottest Topics in Food Today” at a food industry event hosted by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The topics the panel speakers will cover at this event include new food safety technology…
On January 29, 2013, the USDA published the session recording and presentation materials from its recent PACA Trust Provision Webinar. If you missed the webinar or would like to view it again, below is a link to a recording of the event.
As you will see, the USDA hosts the session recording and you will need to follow the directions provided to listen to the recorded session.
For those of you who do not wish to listen to the recorded event, you may find the presentation materials with speaker notes here: PACA Trust Webinar – January 2013
Given the significant amount of questions asked during the webinar, the speakers were unable to answer them. So, the USDA and I invite you to ask your questions directly to any of the speakers.
Karla Whalen – Director, PACA Division
Tel: (202) 720-4180 E-mail: email@example.com
Josephine Jenkins – Acting Chief, Investigative Enforcement Branch, PACA Division
Tel: (202) 720-0616 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Klinowski, Esq. – PACA Trust Attorney, Freeborn & Peters LLP
Tel: (312) 360-6536 E-mail: email@example.com
On January 24, 2013, Jason Klinowski joined Karla Whalen (Director – PACA Division) and Josephine Jenkins (Acting Chief – Investigative & Enforcement Branch – PACA Division) in Washington, DC to serve as special guest speaker and subject matter expert on a Webinar event that focused on the PACA Trust. During this Webinar, Jason spoke to the produce industry from a private practitioner’s point of view and discussed how the PACA Trust operates in both civil and bankruptcy court proceedings.
A link to this Webinar event will be added here shortly.
On October 23, 2012, I had the privilege of addressing an audience of about 50 executive level food company representatives in a large roundtable event that Freeborn & Peters LLP, Mesirow Financial, Worldwide Facilities, Inc. and Red24 jointly hosted. This event focused on food recalls and discussed both the legal issues surrounding recalls and the types of insurance coverage available to help protect company’s balance sheet from the economic impact of a recall.
Among the legal issues discussed, I addressed the purposes of a recall, recall best practices, recall classifications, recall reporting misconceptions and recall planning. On the insurance side, Mesirow Financial and Worldwide Facilities addressed the gaps in traditional insurance coverage for food recall events and the types of recall coverage available to fill those gaps. Lastly, Red24 discussed issues related to the crises management side of food recalls. This was a very informative and well attended event.
On October 23, 2102, Freeborn & Peters and Mesirow Financial will host a food industry roundtable event for food company executives. At this event, Jason Klinowski will discuss legal issues related to food recall events, specifically addressing issues related to preparing for and managing government inspections. Other speakers will discuss security and insurance issues related to food recall events. Please contact me directly if you are interested in attending this “invite only” event.
Here are the details:
During his presentation, Jason Klinowski addressed the issue of whether a health department could recoup the costs it incurs responding to a foodborne illness outbreak in light of the department’s statutory duty to respond and to protect the public health. The presentation looked at both the legal theories for recovery and the practical considerations (pros & cons) of such litigation.
This event was co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Public Health Association. A special thanks goes out to Kevin Dreesman of the Illinois Department of Health for organizing this event and for inviting me to address its attendees.
On Friday, September 21, 2012, Jason Klinowski served as one of five panel speakers at the Turnaround Management Association’s “Trying to Stay Healthy in a Distasteful Economy” Breakfast Forum Event, which was held at The Standard Club. During this event, Jason discussed the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and the Food Safety Modernization Act in order to illustrate some of the challenges they present to the food & agribusiness industries.
Tyler Mayoras of O’Keefe & Associates moderated the panel, which consisted of: Wayne Carpenter (Managing Director of Lake Pacific Partners), Ed Cooper (Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo’s Food & Agribusiness Office), Justin Segel (CEO of American Pasteurization Company), Jason Klinowski (Agricultural & Food Law attorney at Freeborn & Peters) and Troy Terwilliger (CFO of Graceland Fruit).
I wanted to personally thank everyone who came out to Michael Jordan’s Steak House and joined Freeborn & Peters LLP’s Food Industry Team for a cocktail reception following the Midwest Produce Conference + Expo. For those of you who could not join us, please look for us at the upcoming PMA Fresh Summit Convention this October!
McCarron & Diess recently launched what they are calling a PACA Web Guide.
“This WebGuide is written in non-legal language, and is searchable to obtain general information about PACA, or about a particular PACA issue.”
The WebGuide’s author warns its readers that “problems under the PACA often need further clarification from PACA officials or an attorney. The WebGuide is not legal advice.”
The USDA also maintains lots of free online information about PACA and it provides a free online training course that may be accessed here: USDA’s Online PACA Training. This 10 part course is written in a non-legal language and those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from the USDA. The purpose of the USDA’s online PACA training course is to provide you with valuable information on your rights and responsibilities under PACA.
Some of the topics covered in the USDA’s online training course include:
- The difference between a Price After Sale transaction and a Consignment
- How to make a claim for damages in the event of a breach of contract
- How to preserve and enforce PACA trust rights
- How to interpret an inspection certificate
- When to expect payment
- What constitutes a proper rejection of produce, and the consequences of acceptance
- And more…
As a Produce Industry advocate, I am a big fan of free access to information that is important to the day-to-day operations of the industry.