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  • Michigan’s BYOB Wine Legislation Now in Effect

    March 14, 2014

    New legislation allowing patrons to bring their own, unopened bottle of wine to a restaurant for consumption as part of their meal takes effect this week.

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  • Growlers - Glass or Bottle?

    September 10, 2013

    The State of Michigan should be applauded for providing beer lovers more opportunity to taste the finest brews that Michigan manufactures and brewers can produce by legalizing the sale of beer in Growlers. Before restaurant owners start to line up these new containers on the bar for off site consumption, one issue requires some clarification: So, what exactly is a Growler – is it a glass or is it a bottle? More importantly, why does it matter?

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  • Days of Wine and Roses

    June 10, 2013

    Under legislation unanimously approved May 7 by the  Michigan Senate, winemakers with annual production of up to 5,000 gallons will be able to sell wine outside the confines of their vineyards. Connoisseurs will be able to try before they buy - vineyards can provide up to three, two-ounce samples per customer.

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  • Food Defense Strategy Exchange

    May 6, 2013
    I attended, and was privileged to be asked to speak at, the 4th Annual Food Defense Strategy Exchange hosted by Tyco Integrated Security recently in Chicago. It was really a great event, with meaningful participation by attendees and a… Read More »
  • Comment Period Extended For Proposed FSMA Rules

    April 25, 2013

    Last week, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development hosted officials from the Food & Drug Administration at a "Listening Session" on the newly proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), namely the Preventive Controls for Human Food and the Produce Safety Standards. These proposed rules were published in January 2013 and are currently subject to comment by industry. This "Listening Session," which I attended via webinar, was helpful in many ways, including providing an opportunity to ask questions of and provide informal comments to the FDA officials.

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  • Years Later, PCA Employees Indicted

    April 15, 2013

    The FDA, in its seriousness about food safety, is using its enforcement tools in a way to make the industry take notice. FDA actions may affect your company's risk profile, even years after the fact.


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