Food Law Weekly News Roundup 3/15

Kellogg reaches $13 million settlement 

On March 10th Kellogg reached a $13 million settlement over class action claims that the company had misleadingly advertised sugary cereals (including Raisin Bran, Frosted Mini-Wheats, and Smart Start) as healthy. A CA federal Judge had raised concerns that previous versions of the deal had high administration fees and an over broad release provision. The new settlement class is made up of 16 million households who purchased certain Kellogg products over an 8 year period who will receive an average of $16.09 each and injunctive relief will be provided as Kellogg will limit/restrict claims such as “heart healthy” or “wholesome” on cereal boxes.

$28.6 billion in Restaurant Relief Funds approved

The recent COVID-19 relief package includes the first federal grant program since the start of the pandemic to help struggling restaurants and bars. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund ($28.6 billion) will be administered by the Small Business Administration. Eligible businesses can use the grants to cover payroll expenses, mortgage, rent, utilities, outdoor seating construction, PPE, paid sick leave, and supplier costs. This funding will is only a start to helping an industry that has dropped $219 billion in revenue over the past year.



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