The city’s efforts to promote healthier eating habits and reduce obesity date back to 2008, when an earlier version of the menu labeling rule was first implemented. Other cities and states enacted similar menu labeling laws and, in an effort to create a national standard, Congress included a menu labeling requirement in the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). FDA promulgated a final menu labeling regulation in 2015. NYC updated its rule to largely reflect the federal regulation, with the intention that the city rule would go into effect at the same time as the federal regulation. However, FDA has repeatedly delayed the effective date of the federal rule—first to December 2016 and then to May 2017. In May, the agency again delayed implementation of the federal regulation to May 2018. After this last delay, NYC announced it would begin to enforce its own rule beginning August 21, 2017.The injunction brought by industry trade organizations representing chain restaurants and … [Read more...] about FDA Enters the Menu Labeling Food Fight
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NYC began requiring calorie labeling disclosures in chain establishments when it promulgated its original menu labeling rule in 2008. The city updated the rule, yet deferred its enforcement in anticipation of an impending 2015 compliance date for the federal menu labeling regulation. However, FDA postponed the compliance date of the federal rule three times— first to December 2016, then to May 2017, and finally to May 2018.In the notice postponing the compliance date to May 2018, FDA called into question its intention to ever enforce the current iteration of the regulation. The agency stated that “fundamental questions and concerns with the final rule suggest[ed] that critical implementation issues . . . may not have been fully understood.”1 FDA pointed to issues regarding signage for self-service foods, distinguishing between menus and advertising, calorie variations, and applicability of the regulation to various types of establishments. Ultimately, such statements … [Read more...] about NYC and FDA Agree to Enforce Menu Labeling Rules Beginning May 2018
Government officials in Venezuela offer a bribe menu that allows people to purchase anything from a university degree to a wiping of their criminal record, according to a Bloomberg report published Tuesday. The list of available bribes is reportedly making its way around WhatsApp. Citizens can allegedly buy a $4,500 passport or pay $400 for a Chilean visa, $7,000 to wipe a criminal record, and $100 for the stamp that certifies university diplomas.The restaurant style menu list is provided by “fixers,” Bloomberg explains, experiencing a growing demand for their services. The report underlines the staggering level of corruption afflicting the socialist country, currently experiencing the worst economic and humanitarian crisis in its history. As a result, the demand for visas abroad and new passports have skyrocketed and thousands of people every day seek to join the millions of Venezuelans who have already fled life under Nicolás Maduro’s regime. … [Read more...] about Report: Venezuelan Regime ‘Bribe List’ Includes College Degrees, Wiping of Criminal Records
As a California law banning the production and sale of items created from force-fed birds took effect on July 1, the nation’s largest producer of foie gras joined with a state restaurant to file a federal lawsuit challenging the new regime and seeking injunctive relief.They contend the law is unconstitutional, both because it is too vague to give potential enforcement targets fair notice of what is banned and because it violates the commerce clause by regulating the conduct of companies outside California, the Los Angeles Times reports.Others have taken a different route in protesting the restriction on selling foie gras, a fatty duck or goose liver delicacy. A San Clemente chef made foie gras the centerpiece of multiple dishes on his restaurant’s menu the day after the ban took effect. Antoine Price entitled the menu for the evening “Foie You,” and said he was willing to be locked up, if enforcement took that direction, the Orange County Register recounts. … [Read more...] about Producer, Restaurant File Federal Suit Over Calif. Foie Gras Ban; Chef Flaunts ‘Foie You’ Menu
The Mississippi Department of Revenue’s recent flurry of regulatory activity continues unabated with a number of proposals and developments, primarily in the sales and use tax arena. With its most recent filings, the Department appears to take aim at remote internet sellers who have not voluntarily registered with the Department under its widely publicized “economic nexus” use tax proposals. Commercial construction contractors also have numerous substantive changes to consider, including a new 10 percent penalty regime that could apply even if all taxes are timely paid and even in some tax overpayment situations. Newly Proposed Amendments Sales Tax Penalties / 50 percent Remote (Internet) Seller Penalty. On June 21, 2017, the Department issued a notice that it intended to amend Reg. 35.IV.1.02 concerning application of sales tax penalties. A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.Through this proposed amendment, the Department … [Read more...] about Mississippi’s Sales Tax Regulatory Smorgasbord Continues— Internet Sellers and Commercial Contractors on the Menu!