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Weekly Update: Seattle hotel Initiative 124 update

Last week WLA challenged Initiative 124, which would implement onerous workplace provisions on Seattle hotels. The title failed to accurately reflect the initiative’s substance and would have misled voters that the measure addresses only health and safety.

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FDA Releases Final Menu Labeling Guidance and is Expected to Begin Enforcement in May 2017

On April 29, the Food and Drug Administration released its final guidance on the federal menu-labeling rule and is expected to publish notice of the guidance in the Federal Register later this week. Compliance and enforcement will start in May 2017, one year after publication.


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A consumer advisory is a publicly-posted notice that certain ready-to-eat foods pose a health risk because they are not processed to destroy pathogens. Consumer Advisory consists of two parts: Disclosure

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Weekly Update: Shakeup in Gov. Inslee’s Cabinet – How will it affect this session?

On February 5, in a move that surprised Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration, the Senate voted to reject the appointment of Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: What you need to know about federal menu labeling rules

In December 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its menu-labeling regulations. While these rules were initially set to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2015, the FDA delayed implementation by one year to Dec. 1, 2016, due to a great deal of bipartisan pressure from Congress.

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FDA releases menu-labeling guidance

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released additional draft guidance to help restaurateurs comply with the menu-labeling law that will require certain chain restaurants to add calorie data to menus and make other nutrition information available on request. The law takes effect Dec. 1, 2016.

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Weekly Update: Restaurants will take new liquor rules to court

This week the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) will adopt new rules that regulate pricing practices for spirits and wine sales. For two years, the WRA has been in vocal opposition to these rules that appear to violate Initiative 1183, but restaurants’ concerns have fallen on deaf ears.

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Weekly Update: Washington Restaurant Magazine merger issue on its way to your mailbox

The July 2015 issue of Washington Restaurant Magazine is a “must have” for all WRA members. It focuses on the merger of the WRA with the Washington Lodging Association.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Healthy foods – a growing trend in 2015

The handwriting is all over the wall. Eating healthy is a major concern for consumers, and restaurateurs are quickly moving in to meet this demand.

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Can you comply with menu labeling rules?

As the industry prepares to comply with new menu-labeling requirements, the National Restaurant Association has expanded its partnership with nutrition specialist Healthy Dining to better provide restaurants with access to food and menu analysis and implementation of best practices.