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New Movement on Two Key Federal Issues

Thursday, August 07, 2014  
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Two important issues at the Federal level, music licensing and gluten free labeling, have seen new movement this week.
 
Music Licensing
After years of complaint from all parties, the U.S. Department of Justice is taking a look at how music licensing fees are administered. Our partners at the National Restaurant Association have submitted testimony voicing restaurateurs’ concerns about the arbitrary and nonnegotiable process by which licensing fees are currently set, and the fact that challenging unfair fees requires restaurant owners to file costly lawsuits in federal court. It is the industry’s hope that more common sense regulations come out of the process that protect restaurateurs from long, costly federal lawsuits.
 
Gluten Free Labeling
The FDA has officially standardized the definition of what can and cannot be labeled “gluten free.” Up until now, restaurants and food producers have had only flimsy guidelines to regulate what constitutes as gluten free. It is important to note here that the new regulations do not apply to restaurants, although it is recommended that all restaurants follow the standards. Food producers are now required to include barley and rye in their calculation, and the food must contain fewer than 20 parts of gluten per million in order to be labeled as gluten free.

Our team will continue to monitor these issues and share any new information that develops. As always, if there are any questions, contact us at info@nysra.net or 800.442.5959.

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