Under the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research Act of 2021 (FASTER Act), sesame has now been added to the list of major food allergens for which labeling disclosures are mandatory. By January 1, 2023, food companies must declare the presence of sesame on food packaging labels. Currently, the Food Allergen Labeling and ConsumerContinue reading “Regulatory Update: Sesame Added As Major Food Allergen; FDA Issues Voluntary Guidance For Now”
The global outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020 brought about unprecedented change, disruption and innovation within the food and beverage sector. In a recent Los Angeles Times virtual panel, Bill Acevedo comments on what businesses did to quickly adjust and succeed despite the year’s significant challenges, as well as the new landscape of the food and beverage industry.
Wendel Rosen is again participating in the Food from the Bar Food Drive in support of the heroic work of the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB). The need has never been greater, and ACCFB needs our help. The Food from the Bar drive officially starts May 1 and goes through May 31, but you can donate online now. Together we can make a real difference in our community.
On April 17, 2021, the Small Business Association (SBA) released a comprehensive Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Program Guide outlining eligibility and the application process. Restaurants and other foodservice entities can now start preparing their RRF Grant Applications (SBA Form 3172). The SBA has explicitly stated not to submit RRF forms at this time.
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) was created to provide direct relief to restaurants and other foodservice venues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Small Business Association (SBA) has yet to release the RRF applications, we encourage restaurant owners to continue monitoring the SBA website for news and updates on the RRF grants and the application process.
Help is on the way for restaurant owners who were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion bill aimed at boosting the American economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sargento Cheese Faces Litigation for Its ‘No Antibiotic’ Claim – Bill Acevedo Provides Legal Insight on the Lawsuit
In an article by Food Navigator USA, Partner Bill Acevedo comments on the recent legal challenges leveled against Sargento Foods and the “no antibiotic” claim used on many of its’ product packaging. The December 2020 and January 2021 lawsuits state that the phrasing on Sargento Foods’ packaging is false and misleading, pointing to independent lab testsContinue reading “Sargento Cheese Faces Litigation for Its ‘No Antibiotic’ Claim – Bill Acevedo Provides Legal Insight on the Lawsuit”
Join Tammy Brown and David Goldman for a discussion of the challenges of managing employees in the age of COVID-19. The presentation will include a review of the laws and regulations that pertain to COVID-19, working remotely, handling employees returning to the workplace, sick leave and employee vaccinations. In addition, the most relevant new employment laws enactedContinue reading “Returning to the Workplace: COVID-19 and New Laws for 2021”
Food Navigator-USA published an article on December 21, 2020 about the outlook of the food and beverage industry in 2021. They sought information from food and beverage attorneys, including Wendel Rosen Partner Bill Acevedo. In the article, Bill lists the issues the industry may continue to face as the impacts of COVID-19 transfer to the newContinue reading “Partner Bill Acevedo Highlights Potential Hurdles for the Food and Beverage Industry in 2021”
It’s been a trying year for all. This Thanksgiving, In keeping with this sentiment, the FDA is taking a moment to thank the essential workers who have worked tirelessly to continue to supply our food throughout the pandemic.
Update: FDA Signals Enforcement Will Not Be Used To Ensure Compliance With New Nutrition Facts Labeling Requirements — For Now
Manufacturers with more than $10 million in annual food sales were required to switch to the new label by January 1, 2020, while smaller manufacturers were given an extra year to comply. Yet, 2020 has been anything but a “normal” year.
Food & Beverage Update: FDA and OSHA Provide Health and Safety Checklist for Food Operations During Pandemic
On August 11, 2020, the FDA and OSHA issued jointly developed guidance to assist the food industry as it continues to operate during the challenging times presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just a few weeks ago, the trend line showed that the infection, hospitalization and death rates were moving markedly downward. States across the country were eager to re-open businesses and ramp the economy back up. Now, we are in the midst of a retrenching of our positions, hunkering back down somewhere between a state ofContinue reading “COVID-19 Re-Opening Considerations, Part 4: Understanding The Risk Of Re-Opening”
In this blog, Bill Acevedo highlights three industries to analyze the State of California’s re-opening guidance to explore the gray areas that nonetheless remain for operating in the “new normal” economy.
Written by Anna Nagornaia, Associate, Wendel Rosen LLP’s Business Practice Group Regardless of what industry you are in, if you applied for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), there are major developments that you need to know. On June 3, 2020, the Senate passed H.R. 7010 entitled the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility ActContinue reading “New Law – Risks, Opportunities and Major Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program”
CNN has a helpful collection of information outlining where all 50 states stand on re-opening. There is not enough space in this blog post to go through that data, especially as each state has a slightly different approach for re-opening. Regardless of your particular state, though, one of the fundamental components of any re-opening planContinue reading “Re-Opening Your Business, Part 2: Navigating Government Orders and Regulatory Guidance”
In my very first class in college – a political science lecture – the professor stated, “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” In other words, every position is relative to the circumstances presented. That phrase has stayed with me over the years, especially as my profession is based upon the representation of myContinue reading “Re-Opening Your Business is Going to be a Process, Not a Ribbon Cutting”
Equity incentives – often in the form of stock options – are a key part of executive compensation. Option holders work for a company exit that can produce a big payday for them. Now more than ever companies need to keep their employees focused on better times in the future. When cash to pay salariesContinue reading “Are Your Options Underwater?”
Since the inception of the COVID-19 shutdown of the American economy instituted by governmental officials across the United States, food and beverage businesses have been designated as critical infrastructure and essential businesses. Early on, little guidance on how to operate in a pandemic beyond social distancing was provided in conjunction with the hastily prepared governmentalContinue reading “Statutory Liability Protection for Essential Businesses is an Essential Need”
This post will discuss the need for companies thinking about fundraising in a private offering of securities to make additional disclosures to prospective investors regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supplemental Paid Leave for Illness Related to COVID-19: A New Cost of Business for Large California Food Companies?
On Thursday, April 16, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-51-20, effective immediately. The Executive Order requires all food sector businesses that employee 500 or more “food sector workers” to provide COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave.