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Food Laws and Regulations

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OpenTable sharing personal data

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 days ago

Many thanks to J. Kenji Lopez-Alt for surfacing the default settings on the updated Opentable app that enables sharing of diner data with 3rd parties. His IG post illustrates how to shut this down....

The Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Consortium reacts to pending tariffs

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 days ago

PARMA, ITALY, October 7, 2019 — Following the World Trade Organization’s decision to grant permission to the Trump administration to impose an annual tax of $7.5 billion on European exports such ...

Culture: Your Crash Course on the EU Cheese Tariffs

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 29 days ago

"...'We hope that somebody is advising the White House that this action will hurt the US economy and put a number of jobs and companies at risk,' says Marfuggi. If the tariffs are imposed, small bu...

Helping low-income women afford healthier food may have reversed a rise in childhood obesity

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . In other words, the policy changes have resulted in physically and mentally healthier children—an outcome that, after all, is central to WIC’s mission. Established as part of the Child Nutr...

Bipartisan bill on food expiration labels could cut many tons of food waste

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . That would help reduce the staggering amount of safe-to-eat food that ends up in landfills. According to a June report by the Government Accountability Office, between 30 and 40 percent of ...

Buy your wine now

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

" . . . “This year, we’ve brought it forward. We have to get enough stock, at least six months, into the UK before the end of March. It’d just be dumb not to. There’s no Brexit that’ll be good for ...

ICE arrests 680 people in raids on food plants in Mississippi

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

A raid of seven poultry processing plants in six cities in Mississippi is believed to be the biggest single-state, one-day ICE operation in U.S. history. “This will affect the economy,” Maria I...

Taco Bell's San Francisco Liquor License Battle

patsully
by patsully 3 years ago

I'm very surprised that Taco Bell chose San Francisco as their second "Cantina" location. Perhaps the theory is that succeeding in a chain averse city would validate the concept for greater expansi...

U.S. farmers stalk fraudulent imports to save their markets

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . Sales of organic food have more than doubled in the United States in the past 10 years, to $48 billion a year, but U.S. acreage devoted to organic grain has not kept up. Less than 1% of row...

Florida - Personal Garden Bill Clears First Hurdle

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

" . . . 'I think when one thinks about the idea of a code-enforcement officer going onto a property that you own and requiring you — under threat of fine — to tear up a garden that you have prepare...

Minnesota will pay residents to make their lawns bee-friendly

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

" . . . Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a series of budget bills that included the provision of $900,000 for helping homeowners populate their pristine lawns with bee-friendly plants, like nativ...

One man ate 'expired' food for a year, and he's just fine

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

" . . . Last year, Mom’s Organic Market founder and CEO Scott Nash did something many are afraid to do: He ate a cup of yogurt months after its expiration date. And then tortillas a year past their...

California Free Fishing Days: July 6 & August 31, 2019

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

“. . . 'Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for seasoned anglers to introduce friends and neighbors to their love of the sport,' said California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director ...

Mission Pie vs. the Gig Economy

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . In April, the news broke that DoorDash — one of the many food delivery services of the sort Heisler will not do business with — was applying tips given to its delivery workers to their base...

Where the 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand on Food and Farming

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . Food and farming haven’t been high on the list of campaign priorities in recent decades, except maybe in Iowa. But this year, that appears to be shifting. With the pivotal role that rural v...

Trump threatens Tequila tariffs

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

Trump announced he was “invoking the authorities granted to me by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act” in order to “address the emergency at the southern border”. From 10 June, all g...

Boston Liquor Laws

TroyTempest
by TroyTempest 6 months ago

Last weekend I was in Boston, and we decided to go to the North End for Italian food. I was craving a Martini, and was told that they didn't have gin. So, I asked if there was scotch. Another no...

To block California soda taxes, companies paid for ‘Black Panther’ tickets, fancy dinners

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . Monning said the soft drink industry is a formidable adversary. Many colleagues tell him they can’t vote for legislation that would reduce sales because they have a distributor in their dis...

Avocado shortages, virgin margaritas: Border shutdown would hit American palates

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

" . . . From the avocados on avocado toast, to the limes and tequila in margaritas, the United States is heavily reliant on Mexican imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol to meet consumer demand....