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FDA and OSHA publish pandemic checklist to assist food industry

Kim Bousquet Melissa Gold August 25, 2020
Photo of commercial kitchen with chefs blurred from movement

On August 19, the U.S. FDA and OSHA published a checklist entitled “Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human and Animal Food Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” While the checklist is not exhaustive and does not create new legal obligations, it pulls from existing guidance provided by the FDA, the CDC and OSHA to serve as a quick reference to help the food industry. READ MORE

Force Majeure clause protection during COVID-19

Kim Bousquet Melissa Gold April 15, 2020
illustration of a cartoon man examining a contract with a magnifying glass

Many food and beverage industry companies are assessing whether they can be excused from or enforce contract performance under force majeure clauses in light of COVID-19 and related government action. READ MORE

Avoiding claims of deceptive advertising for COVID-19-related products

Kim Bousquet Melissa Gold April 6, 2020
A hand getting hand sanitzer from a bottle

As businesses pivot to manufacture much-needed health and safety items such as masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, they should also be diligent in consulting with their attorneys to avoid claims of deceptive advertising for COVID-19-related products. READ MORE

FDA: Restaurants can omit Nutrition Facts label on packaged food during COVID-19

Kim Bousquet March 31, 2020
restaurant table

On March 26, 2020, the FDA issued temporary guidance regarding nutrition labeling of certain packaged foods during the COVID-19 public health emergency. In the guidance, the FDA advises that it does not intend to object to the sale by restaurants of food packaged and sold without Nutrition Facts labels. READ MORE

COVID-19: How FDA-regulated food and beverage companies can make hand sanitizer

Kim Bousquet Melissa Gold March 25, 2020
Close-up shot of the back of a bottle of hand sanitzer

During the COVID-19 outbreak, many companies may be interested in retrofitting their production facilities to help provide medical supplies and/or cleaning supplies. The FDA has issued a temporary policy allowing companies to produce alcohol-based hand sanitizer, so long as a number of important conditions are met. READ MORE