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On Jan. 1, 2019, a new law aiming to limit children’s intake of sugary beverages became effective. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the “Children’s Meals” law on Sept. 20, 2018, in an effort to combat the rising obesity rate in California, which increased 250 percent between 1990 and 2016. The Children’s Meals law modifies the California Health and Safety Code to require that all California restaurants make the default beverages offered on a children’s menu: (1) water, sparkling water, or flavored water, with no added natural or artificial sweeteners; or (2) unflavored milk or a non-dairy milk alternative with no more than 130 calories per container or serving. Restaurants in California may provide or sell alternative beverages to children, but only upon the customer’s request.

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Justin J. Prochnow assists companies with regulatory, business, and legal needs in the beverage, food, dietary supplement, cosmetic, medical device, and OTC industries. Justin works closely with companies to ensure regulatory compliance with statutes and regulations enforced by the Food and Drug Administration,

Justin J. Prochnow assists companies with regulatory, business, and legal needs in the beverage, food, dietary supplement, cosmetic, medical device, and OTC industries. Justin works closely with companies to ensure regulatory compliance with statutes and regulations enforced by the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission and other regulatory agencies. This includes the review of product labels, labeling, advertising, websites and other marketing materials. Justin assists companies with responding to governmental and regulatory actions, including FDA inspections and warning letters, FTC Civil Investigative Demands, and ASRC and NAD cases. He prepares and reviews business documents for industry members, including consulting, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements. Justin and his team also defend industry companies from both governmental agencies and civil litigators in litigation ranging from breach of contract cases to the growing number of class actions alleging false and misleading advertising.

Meet Justin Prochnow

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Michael R. Goodman is an attorney and registered patent agent who advises clients on FDA regulatory compliance and intellectual property needs in the food, medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, dietary supplement, and consumer products industries. Michael assists companies of all sizes in navigating regulatory

Michael R. Goodman is an attorney and registered patent agent who advises clients on FDA regulatory compliance and intellectual property needs in the food, medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, dietary supplement, and consumer products industries. Michael assists companies of all sizes in navigating regulatory compliance and developing strategies to avoid delays in their operations. He also prepares, reviews, and negotiates supply and distribution, manufacturing, and advertising agreements, as well as assists with stock and asset purchase agreements.

Before joining Greenberg Traurig, Michael worked as a pharmaceutical consultant focusing on quality assurance and regulatory affairs working with pharmaceutical, medical device, and dietary supplement companies through recalls, audits, filings, and regulatory responses. Michael also took temporary leadership roles in several companies in order to ensure compliance with FDA regulations.