What’s Brewing: Calorie Labeling, Minimum Wage, Sick Leave

Dunkin’ franchise owners can expect to find a friendlier ear in federal government now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House. Any attempts to raise the minimum wage on the federal level are arguably pretty much DOA now. Ditto for other issues, such as reclassifying managers as hourly workers, and union-friendly rulings by…

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FDA Extends “Healthy” Food Comment Period

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formally extended the comment period associated with the federal definition of “healthy” foods both generally and for the purposes of nutritional labeling. Originally, the comment period was set to close on January 26, 2017. As the new year approached however, the FDA received many requests to extend the…

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FDA Formally Extends Menu Label Deadline

The Food and Drug Administration published a final rule on menu labeling last week that formally extends the compliance date until May 5, 2017.  The federal labeling requirement already has quite a lengthy history – first mandated by passage of the Affordable Care Act back in 2010. It was originally to be effective as of…

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FDA Has New Definition of Healthy

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revised and updated its definition of healthy as relates the nutritional contents of packaged foods.  In a guidance issued last week, the agency seeks to first reconcile the parameters of “healthy” with its own new Nutrition Facts Panel rule that was adopted in May. The new definition…

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Sweetening the Government’s Role

For the past year or so, some have focused attention on how much sugar the average American consumer ingests on a regular basis.  The genesis of this focus was arguably the 2012 push by former New York City Mayor Bloomberg to limit the size of sugary drink beverages that a restaurant could sell.  Since that…

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FDA Releases Final Rule on Food Safety Transportation

Commercial kitchens should take note that earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized its new rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food as mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The rule, published in the Federal Register on April 6, sets new requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor…

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FDA Postpones Labeling

As much as Congress is moving to get GMO labeling on the books as quickly as possible, federally required menu labeling has been officially put on a much slower track.  The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week formally delayed enforcement of the new requirement until one year after it releases its final guidance…

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Spending Bill Extends Menu Labeling Date

Speaking of federal extensions, further review of the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress a few days before Christmas reveals that the compliance date for federal menu-labeling regulations was extended by the law.  Originally, the rules were set to take effect on December 1, 2016, but language in the spending bill provides that compliance with…

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“How Sweet It Is!”

That’s not quite what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is saying currently about added sugars in packaged foods.  The FDA has proposed including a per cent daily value notation for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts Panel of packaged foods.  The per cent daily value notation is a statement on packaged food that suggests…

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FDA Delays Menu Labeling

The menu labeling mandate which was to take effect on December 1, 2015 has been delayed by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for another year, now not becoming effective until December 1, 2016.  In announcing the delay to the compliance date of another year, the FDA acknowledged that it needed the extra time to…

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