MFA NEWS SCAN AUGUST 24, 2015

MFA NEWS SCAN AUGUST 24, 2015


- Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NEW FROM USDA FNS REGARDING SNAP: SCAMMERS OFFERING ASSISTANCE TO SNAP RETAIL STORES FOR A FEE

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There have been reports of SNAP applicant retailers receiving calls from a third party offering assistance obtaining SNAP authorization.  In most instances, the individuals contacted have recently submitted their SNAP Retailer Application and the scammer is offering to expedite their SNAP authorization for a fee.  Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers.  SNAP does not charge a fee for processing your retailer application, nor does any outside entity have the ability to expedite your application.  Any request for information about you or your business will come via an official letter from USDA after you have filed an application.  If you are uncertain about any request regarding your application to become a SNAP retailer, you may contact the SNAP Retailer Service Center at 877-823-4369.  If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, please visit: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/ for more information on identity theft.

 

NEWS FROM the National Grocers Association

Update on GMO Bill

The Organic Consumers Association has started a petition on MoveOn.org urging the President to veto Congressman Pompeo's GMO bill (H.R. 1599).  The petition, which currently has 17,000 signatures, claims that the language in the bill that preempts the states from creating their own labeling laws contradicts a 2009 executive order issued by the President. From the petition, "...your Administration's 'general policy' is that 'preemption of State law by executive departments and agencies should be undertaken only with full consideration of the legitimate prerogatives of the States and with a sufficient legal basis for preemption."  A companion bill to H.R. 1599 has yet to be introduced in the Senate.

 

New USDA Country of Origin Labeling Website

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service website has been redesigned, which includes new improvements to the COOL portion of the site. Click HERE to view outreach brochures, industry presentations, and training materials for state cooperators, as well as the COOL Compliance and Enforcement Requirements document.

 

-LOCAL ISSUES-

 

somerville, MA plastic bag ban vote delayed

An expected vote to ban plastic bags in the city of Somerville by the Laws & Ordinance Committee has been delayed.  The vote was scheduled for August 20, however the ban was never brought up due to a full agenda.  According to a Ward Alderman, the vote may not take place for several months.

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA TO DEBATE MINIMUM WAGE OF $15.00/HOUR

The Neighborhood and Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts and Celebrations Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss a minimum wage of $15 on Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00PM.

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MFA NEWS SCAN AUGUST 24, 2015


- Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NEW FROM USDA FNS REGARDING SNAP: SCAMMERS OFFERING ASSISTANCE TO SNAP RETAIL STORES FOR A FEE

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