Tag: County

A Misleading Headline About Farmers Markets

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is just a website now, not an ink-and-paper newspaper, but I still read it for local news.  My interest in doing so, however, was diminished somewhat when I saw this breathless headline: Food hazards found at farmers markets, officials want fee hike Oh, no, I thought, I’d just come back from the Phinney … Continue Reading

Coffee Brewers and Servers Sued Under Prop 65

As we foreshadowed with our blog regarding 60 day notices, the Committee for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) filed a Proposition 65 enforcement action alleging that ready-to-brew coffee exposes coffee drinkers to acrylamide (a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer). CERT v. Brad Berry Co., Ltd., No. BC461182 (Cal. Sup. … Continue Reading

The Great Egg Recall of 2010: Another Review of Lessons Already Taught

You have probably heard about the great egg recall of 2010, which has required Wright County Eggs of Galt, Iowa to recall an ever-growing number of shell eggs because of fears of salmonella enteriditis.  An interesting issue here is the non-overlapping jurisdiction of USDA and FDA over eggs in the shell.  According to the FDA: … Continue Reading

Nitty-Gritty on Menu Labeling Regulations and What Can Be Done to Stem Consumer Litigation

As restaurant chains operating in King County, Washington are readying to comply with the new menu labeling law, serious questions arise. Does each menu item have to be sent to an expensive lab for testing? How accurate does the nutritional information need to be? How does a restaurant account for the inevitable variables of made-to-order … Continue Reading

California Menu Labeling Laws–Restaurants Beware of Asking What Your Customer Wants!

Yesterday, California became the first state in the Union to write into law menu labeling requirements. Like municipal ordinances recently enacted in New York City and Seattle, the California law requires certain “chain” restaurants to disclose nutritional information and calorie content information for certain items. The law, to be phased in between 2009 and 2011, applies … Continue Reading

King County Menu Labeling Goes into Effect August 1, 2008–Yet Another Call for Preemption?

Effective August 1, King County, Washington, will impose the strictest menu labeling law in the nation. King County’s law imposes menu labeling requirements, on restaurant chains that have the following characteristics: 1. The same name. 2. Operating permits from Public Health—Seattle and King County. 3. Fifteen or more locations in King County or nationwide—this legislation does … Continue Reading
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