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Food Industry Overview - Government Regulatory Requirements


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8. Government Regulatory Requirements

A. Federal Requirements

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publishes the rulebook for promotional allowance marketing, titled Guides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and Services, these guides are usually referred to as “The Guides”, “the FTC Guides” or the “Fred Meyer Guides”.

The Robinson-Patman Act (1936) passed as an amendment to the Cayton Act, Robinson-Patman was the result of small grocery retailers’ complaints to the Federal government that they could not compete with the large chain supermarkets that had begun to spring up around the time of the Great Depression.  The primary intent was to outlaw discriminatory allowances that amounted to discriminatory pricing in favor of larger retailers.

There are significant Federal controls on the sale and resale of alcoholic beverages; publications are available from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms at the ATF Website shown in Section 11 of this outline.

There are labeling and packaging regulations along with controls on the manufacture of food and beverage products.  (Food and Drug Administration)

B.  State Requirements - Each state has their own specific requirements and regulations regarding the manufacture, sale, resale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

C.  Local Requirements - Many localities have control over the purchase, sale, resale and consumption of food and beverages.

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