FDA Plans to Talk Smart Food Safety

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for a public hearing on October 21 for the purpose of discussing available new technologies and how to best continue food safety efforts initiated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FDA has focused much of their efforts thus far on transparency and traceability for…

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FDA Supports Coffee Exemption on Cancer Warning

We advised our readers a few months ago of a decision by a Los Angeles Superior Court that coffee retailers in California were violating state law by not posting warnings for their customers of the presence in coffee of acrylamide, a chemical that is produced by roasting coffee beans and has been linked to cancer.…

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Sign of the Times

It’s not something that we would not have thought about 20 years ago, or perhaps even a decade ago, but the spread of global terrorism has made this thought process part of our everyday life. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) last week released the first installment of draft guidance on preserving food safety or…

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Menu Labeling Effective Monday

It may have actually become law back in 2010 with the passage of Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act), but was never legally enforced – until now. Menu labeling enforcement becomes effective on Monday, May 7. The enforcement trigger was set to be effective one year ago, when the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) delayed it…

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Competitor News

Starbucks had a very difficult reception on Wall Street to its sales and earnings narrative released yesterday. Q1 US same store sales was plus 2, all average ticket, and zero traffic gains from last year. They repeated a now familiar story of weak afternoon and evening business, and declining foot traffic of units inside some…

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FDA Issues Menu Labeling Guidance

Menu labeling, initially passed into law as part of ObamaCare back in January of 2010, has yet to be implemented, but the latest iteration was released last week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This latest final version is slated to become effective on May 7, 2018 and its purpose is largely to provide…

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New York City Agrees to Menu-Labeling Delay

In the wake of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) filing court papers a few weeks ago intervening in a current court case challenging the New York City menu-labeling mandate, the Big Apple has agreed to delay implementation. Under the terms of a stipulation filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of…

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Feds Urge Court To Block NYC Menu Labeling

Well, the federal requirement for menu labeling, passed into law as part of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) back in 2010, may have been delayed for another year, but New York City is scheduled to begin enforcing its own labeling mandate next Monday. That fact was enough for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

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FDA Kicks Menu Labeling Down The Road

Although we have to believe most affected restaurant chains were all ready for the new menu labeling requirements to become effective today, May 5 – it’s not necessarily a bad turn of events that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is delaying implementation of the mandate until 2018. The requirement, which was mandated as part…

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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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