Regulatory Update: Sesame Added As Major Food Allergen; FDA Issues Voluntary Guidance For Now

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”

Food & Beverage Post Pandemic – Bill Acevedo Provides Industry Insight 

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.

Update: Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants

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.

Partner Bill Acevedo Highlights Potential Hurdles for the Food and Beverage Industry in 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”

Feeling Thankful This Thanksgiving: FDA Expresses Gratitude For Our Food and Agriculture Workers

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.

COVID-19 Re-Opening Considerations, Part 4: Understanding The Risk Of Re-Opening

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”

Who’s Ready To Go Back To “Normal”? Re-Opening Your Business, Part 3: Business Plans

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.

New Law – Risks, Opportunities and Major Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

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”