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Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top food and supplement headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

April 17, 2020

2 Min Read

California governor Gavin Newsom orders sick pay and protections for food workers

A new executive order from California governor Gavin Newsom effectively fills in the crucial gaps left by federal relief that gave safety measures and additional paid sick leave to workers at companies with under 500 employees. This week Newsom also issued $125 million in stimulus checks for undocumented workers in the state. Read more at Eater


The PPP is out of money. Here's plan B

After the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it had exhausted the $349 billion in funds for the Paycheck Protection Program, many small businesses are desperately looking for other options to stay afloat. A portion of these businesses may be eligible for the Federal Reserve's recently unveiled Main Street Lending Program, which mostly functions like a traditional loan would but with exceptionally low interest rates. It is open to companies with as many as 10,000 employees. Read more at Inc


How you'll grocery shop after the coronavirus pandemic

Supermarket delivery was once considered a luxury for most consumers. Now, with the vast majority of U.S. households on lockdown, such services have been thrust into the mainstream with little preparation for the surge in demand. This could lead to an uptick in "dark stores," or stores being converted into fulfillment centers, which would both boost efficiency while allowing big-box chains to expand in other sectors. Read more at The Atlantic


Children's fruit drinks need clearer labels, study finds

A new study out of the American Journal of Public Health recommends that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revise its labeling regulations to encourage shoppers to make better dietary decisions. Researchers focused on juice products and pointed out that many of them had confusing sweetener claims and some drinks that didn't contain any actual juice had misleading images of fruit on their packaging. Read more at Medical Xpress…  


These photos show the staggering food bank lines across America

An unprecedented number of Americans are in need of food assistance as the pandemic rages on and unemployment rates continue to soar. One San Antonio food bank that is used to feeding 60,000 people on a weekly basis must now adapt to double that amount with dwindling resources. Read more at Mother Jones

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