Kellogg, Pepsi And Other Major Brands Ask Congress To Stop Marijuana-Infused Copycat Foods

Kellogg, Pepsi And Other Major Brands Ask Congress To Stop Marijuana-Infused Copycat Foods
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Major food and beverage companies like Pepsi, General Mills and Kellogg are asking Congress to do more to prevent the proliferation of marijuana-infused copycat products that mimic their well-know brands. In a letter led by the Consumer Brands Association that was sent to congressional lawmakers on Wednesday, more than a dozen companies and industry trade association associations said that misleading packaging of cannabis products that are modeled in the style of popular commercial items poses a public safety risk, particular for children. “Children are increasingly threatened by the unscrupulous use of famous brand logos, characters, trademarks and trade dress on THC-laced edible products,” the letter says. Via CBA. “While cannabis (and incidental amounts of THC) may be legal in some states, the use of these famous marks, clearly without approval of the brand owners, on food products has created serious health and safety risks for consumers, particularly children, who cannot tell the difference between these brands’ true products and copycat THC products that leverage the brand’s fame for profit,” it continues. A potential remedy that the associations and companies are suggesting would be to revise a section of an anti-counterfeit bill that’s been attached to broader, wide-ranging manufacturing legislation that is heading to bicameral conference. The food industry operators say that expanding the bill to penalize companies that sell “famous” marks that don’t necessarily meet the definition of “counterfeit” could help resolve the problem. Here’s the language change they want to the SHOP SAFE Act components of the America COMPETES Act:  “[A]n electronic commerce platform shall be deemed contributorily liable in a civil action by the registrant for the remedies hereinafter provided for a case in which, without the consent of the registrant, a third-party seller uses in commerce a famous or counterfeit mark in connection with the sale, offering…

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