MFA NEWS SCAN SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

MFA NEWS SCAN SEPTEMBER 14, 2015


- Monday, September 21, 2015



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MA AG RELEASES E-CIGARETTE REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE THIS MONTH

New regulations prohibiting the sale of electronic smoking devices to minors and placing other restrictions on promotions and sales will go into effect later this month after Attorney General Maura Healey recently filed the finalized rules.  The sale of electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices will be prohibited to anyone under the age of 18, and all sales will be required to occur in a face-to-face exchange, except in cases where vending machines are located in an establishment open only to people over 18.  Samples, promotional giveaways and other free distributions will be prohibited under the new rules, and all retailers will be required to keep e-cigarettes out of the reach of consumers.  While most of the new regulations will take effect on Sept. 25, a packaging requirement mandating that all nicotine liquids and gels be sold in child-resistant packaging will take effect next year on March 15. The packaging restrictions are intended to keep children from ingesting the liquids or gels, which can carry high concentrations of nicotine.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

 

MFA TESTIFIES AT PROPOSED PITTSFIELD POLYSTYRENE BAN

On Monday evening, September 14, MFA testified at an Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee hearing in the city of Pittsfield against a proposed ban on Styrofoam.  The Subcommittee is made up of five City Councilors.  MFA testified that the proposed ban, which is intended to target Styrofoam, or blown polystyrene, could be interpreted to ban more than just the typical white foam containers used to transport take-out food and would prohibit packaging presently used for bakery items, cut produce and deli platters, far more encompassing than the stated purpose of the ordinance.  The Subcommittee voted 3-2 to table the issue, giving Subcommittee members more time to digest the testimony presented to them by MFA and others.  They are scheduled to take the proposal up at their next meeting set for October 5.  We will keep you informed.

 

MA LEGISLATURE’S COMMITTEE HEARINGS UNDERWAY

Although off to a slow start and recently back from their summer break, the MA Legislature’s Joint Committees have been holding hearings on a number of proposals important to our industry.  The Joint Committee on Public Health held a hearing on September 17 on the following relevant bills:

  • S1220Legislation that would allow businesses and other entities to be prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors for those who may be experiencing anaphylaxis due to an allergy;
  • H2023Legislation that would prohibit the sale of “energy drinks” to persons under 18;
  • H1885Legislation that would require food establishments to have at least one trained individual on hand that knows the manual procedures approved by the department of public health to remove food lodged in a person’s throat;
  • H1949Legislation that would require all food establishments to identify the presence of certain allergens in their food being served (nuts, milk, eggs, fish, etc.) and list them on menus or on a list readily available to customers and employees;
  • H1941Legislation requiring consumer warnings on fish informing consumers about the safety and the risk factors of consumption of the fish based on toxin levels in the fish and their hazards to human health, in particular the health of young children, women of child-bearing age and pregnant women.

We will be monitoring these bills for movement.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

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MFA NEWS SCAN SEPTEMBER 14, 2015


- Monday, September 21, 2015



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