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Food Laws and Regulations

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How to Transform Your American Vaccination Card into a French Health Pass

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 days ago

Our friends at Paris by Mouth walk through step by step how to obtain the French Health Pass that will be required as of August 1 to enter restaurants, cafes (even outdoor areas) and trains.

$655M and new regulations to strengthen meat industry competition

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 days ago

" . . . The meat industry has long been dominated by a few big players, a system that has been exposed in the recent past both by pandemic-related shortages and the litany of investigations, lawsui...

Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker Join Forces on Bill to Ban Most Factory Farming by 2040

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . The Farm System Reform Act would prohibit new large factory farms from going into business and force others to cease expansions before halting operations entirely within two decades. Warren...

The Guardian...Revealed: the true extent of America's food monopolies and who pays the price

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 days ago

" . . . The size, power and profits of these mega companies have expanded thanks to political lobbying and weak regulation which enabled a wave of unchecked mergers and acquisitions. This matters b...

Alameda County supervisors vote to allow sale of home-cooked food under state law

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 3 months ago

“Alameda County supervisors on Tuesday took the first step toward allowing home cooks and chefs to prepare, cook and serve meals from their homes. More than 50 advocates showed up to a home kitc...

Bao House Grand Opening, July 1, Berkeley MEHKO

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 26 days ago

We've been tracking the movement to legalize home cooking operations for a number of years. As noted here, Alameda County recently voted to allow permits to sell, following the lead of Solano Count...

"Labels Unwrapped"

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 28 days ago

"...What information is required on food labels? Who regulates food labels? And why are food labels important? Although most of us encounter food packaging on a daily basis, many of us struggle to ...

The Volokh Conspiracy: To Serve Ceviche

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 29 days ago

Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Gorsuch engaged in a hypothetical argument using ceviche as an example. Best line came from Sotomayor: "Again, no. Under the reading recommended by the serie...

2020/21 Local Dungeness Crab in Markets and Price Agreement

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

Today the crab fleets in California and Oregon reached price agreement with wholesalers to start the season. Yesterday's offer from the fishers was $3.10 per pound. https://wildrivers.lostcoastoutp...

Legislation Restricting Use of 'California' on Olive Oil Labels Gains Momentum

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

On a panel discussion on the future of small farms in California last week, State Senator Cecilia Aguiar-Curry briefly mentioned her bill to restrict the use of "California" on olive oil labels. ...

The Chronicles of Pusateri

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by mordylishus 2 months ago

They're into sanitation now. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/pusateris-ford-price-gouging-1.5511240

Lawsuit alleges Chipotle Mexican Grill owes workers and New York City nearly $500 million for violating Fair Work Week law

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . The lawsuit alleges that Chipotle committed 599,693 violations of the law, including failing to give scheduling pay premiums and failing to offer current workers shifts before hiring new wo...

bottles of wine in restaurants- can minors share?

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by cheryl 18 years ago

As I'm graduating High School this June, my parents have offered to take me out to a multi-course restaurant to celebrate (incase anyone is curious, I was thinking of Babbo, in NYC). What I want to...

Pandemic Worsens Dominant Food Retailers’ Anti-Competitive Tactics Against Local, Independent Grocers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

The National Grocers Association has issued a white paper and asks Congress to investigate antitrust violations by dominant retail chains. https://www.nationalgrocers.org/wp-content/uploads/2021...

US Courts Deliver Body Blows to Wine

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

"Wine lovers took a big legal setback on Tuesday, as a US federal appeals court ruled that a Florida wine shop cannot ship wine to customers in Missouri, even though Missouri stores can. The cas...

"February 23 is Patty Day, Toronto’s tastiest holiday"

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . But the Jamaican beef patty of Toronto differs from patties elsewhere both in style and, because of 1985’s Patty Wars, in name: in Jamaica they are simply 'patties,' while in Toronto, they ...

Hazard Pay for Grocery Store Workers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . These ordinances are shining one more spotlight on long-standing inequities exposed by the pandemic. While a number of companies provided their employees—who have faced unprecedented risks ...

NYC bans selling Foie Gras at restaurants & groceries!

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by gutreactions 1 year ago

Mayor DeBlasio is set to sign a bill banning the sale of foie gras in New York City, a delicacy enjoyed at many high end restaurants, starting in 2022. Restaurateurs are expressing their outrage, n...