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  • FDA EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR NEW REGULATION ON LABELING “GLUTEN-FREE” FOODS AND BEVERAGES

    FDA EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR NEW REGULATION ON LABELING “GLUTEN-FREE” FOODS AND BEVERAGES

    Published: 15 Feb 2017

    By Food Law Attorney Anna Wiand The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it has extend the period for public comments on a proposed rule to establish requirements for fermented and hydrolyzed foods, or foods that contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients, and bear a “gluten-free” claim. FDA is extending the comment period for the proposed rule on gluten-free labeling f...

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  • Recent Legal Changes Make it Easier to Qualify for a Miami Restaurant Liquor License

    Recent Legal Changes Make it Easier to Qualify for a Miami Restaurant Liquor License

    Published: 13 Feb 2017

    By Valerie Haber, Miami Liquor License Attorney, South Florida Alcohol Law and Food Law Attorney  Recent law, and a related policy shift by the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (“DABT”), makes it easier for Miami-Dade County restaurants to qualify for a full liquor license.  Florida alcohol beverage laws generally allow restaurants meeting certain criteria to quali...

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  • TTB Cracks Down on Pay-To-Play, With Historic $750,000 Offer In Compromise

    TTB Cracks Down on Pay-To-Play, With Historic $750,000 Offer In Compromise

    Published: 21 Nov 2016

    By: Valerie L. Haber, Miami Liquor Lawyer, Alcohol Law and Food Law Attorney  The Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) announced yesterday that it accepted an offer in compromise in the amount of $750,000 from the Craft Beer Guild, LLC. According to the TTB’s press release, this is the largest monetary offer in compromise that TTB has collected from a single industry mem...

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  • CHINA’S WINE IMPORTS GROW DRAMATICALLY, WITHOUT U.S.

    CHINA’S WINE IMPORTS GROW DRAMATICALLY, WITHOUT U.S.

    Published: 17 Nov 2016

    By Richard M. Blau, Esq. China imported US$ 1.77 billion worth of wines during the first nine months of 2016, representing a 19.1% year-on-year increase. China’s total volume of wine imports also jumped 14.42% to over 464 million liters from January to September, according to the China Association for Imports & Export of Wines & Spirits, the nation’s official trade association. China’s b...

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  • FDA’S NEW REGULATIONS FOR FOOD TRANSPORT EXCLUDE ALCOHOL BEVERAGES

    FDA’S NEW REGULATIONS FOR FOOD TRANSPORT EXCLUDE ALCOHOL BEVERAGES

    Published: 07 Apr 2016

    By Nationwide Alcohol Law and Food Law Attorney Richard M. Blau On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced final promulgation and issuance of a new food safety rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that governs transportation of food. The new rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food, which goes into effect either one or two years fol...

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  • South Florida Alcohol and Liquor Licensing – A Snapshot

    South Florida Alcohol and Liquor Licensing – A Snapshot

    Published: 31 Mar 2016

    By Valerie L. Haber, Miami Alcohol Law and Food Law Attorney Many clients come to GrayRobinson’s Alcohol Law Group with the misconception that getting a beer and wine license, or liquor license in South Florida, (including the City of Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County or Palm Beach County,) will be a straightforward process. Before reaching out to us, these clients often find t...

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  • NEW FEDERAL LAW DEFINING AND TAXING HARD CIDER ON TRACK FOR IMPLEMENTATION IN 2017

    NEW FEDERAL LAW DEFINING AND TAXING HARD CIDER ON TRACK FOR IMPLEMENTATION IN 2017

    Published: 20 Feb 2016

    By Miami By Valerie L. Haber, Miami Alcohol Law and Food Law Attorney Valerie L. Haber On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the ProtectingAmericans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Act. The PATH Act included Congress’ Cider Investment and DevelopmentthroughExcise TaxReductionAct(commonly referred to as the “CIDER Act”), which updated federal tax law to make it easier for cider ma...

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  • FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RENEWS CALL FOR NATIONWIDE 0.05 BAC LIMIT

    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RENEWS CALL FOR NATIONWIDE 0.05 BAC LIMIT

    Published: 19 Jan 2016

    By Miami Alcohol Law Attorney Valerie Haber The federal government renewed its call for states to lower the legal alcohol limit for driving to 0.05. In its 2016 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, published on January 13, 2016, The National Transportation Safety Board again called on states to lower blood alcohol concentration or “BAC” limits from 0.08 to 0.05. NTSB first cal...

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