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Menu Labeling – Supplemental Guidance

On the same day that FDA’s menu labeling regulation became effective for compliance by industry, the agency published notice of the availability of its finalized Menu Labeling: Supplemental Guidance for Industry (May, 2018). This guidance is “sup… Read More
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Final Menu Labeling Guidance Issues: Setting Effective Date for Menu Labeling Final Rule

FDA has published a Level 1 guidance document, entitled “A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods—Part II (Menu  Labeling Requirements in Accordance with 21 CFR 101.11).”  81 Fed. Reg. 27… Read More
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SNAP, Crackle, Pot! Kentucky Federal Court Holds FNS Cannot Deny a Retailer’s Food Stamp Authorization for Misdemeanor Marijuana Conviction

USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) is authorized to administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”).  This $80 billion program, formerly known as the food stamp program, provides monthly supplemental nutrition benefits… Read More
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2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Released... And Some Thought Already Being Given to the 2020 Guidelines!

The Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services have released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) following what had been a captivating review of the Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a proc… Read More
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OFW’s Bruce Silverglade to Participate at FDLI Food Advertising and Litigation Conference

OFW Law’s Bruce Silverglade will be a featured speaker at that Food and Drug Law Institute’s annual “Food Advertising and Litigation” conference on September 24, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Silverglade will participate in a panel discus… Read More
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The Dietary Guidelines and Moderate Alcohol Consumption

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) have an opportunity to reiterate vital guidance on moderate drinking of alcoholic beverages with the coming new edition of Dietary Guidelines for… Read More
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John Block Reports: Let’s Keep A Strong Alcohol Section in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block: Today’s Quiz: What has more alcohol – a 12 oz can of beer? A 5 oz glass of wine? Or, a mixed drink with 1.5 oz of spirits? Answer – they all have t… Read More
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“Serving Facts” for Alcohol Beverages—FINALLY!

Yesterday, a 9-year effort by consumer and public health groups, and beer, wine and spirits maker Diageo, succeeded when a unit of the Treasury Department issued a ruling permitting voluntary Serving Facts labels for alcohol beverages. The Treasury… Read More
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“Alcohol Facts” Becomes a Reality: FTC Requires Four Loko To Label Its Product

Nutrition Facts, Supplement Facts, Drug Facts…… Alcohol Facts?  For a number of years, alcoholic beverages have been the only category of consumable product that does not bear basic product information in a consumer-friendly form.  Conventional… Read More
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New CDC Study of Calories from Alcohol Supports Alcohol Beverage Label Reform

Alcohol accounts for a large portion of the daily calories consumed by many American adults, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study concludes. The study found 19 percent of men and 6 percent of women take in more than 300 calori… Read More
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