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MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE JUNE 10, 2013


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JUNE 10, 2013

 

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SAVE THE DATE!  JULY 10 - HEALTH CARE SEMINAR

Plan on attending a health care seminar hosted by the MA Food Association on the morning of Wednesday, July 10 at Acosta Sales & Marketing in Marlborough, MA.  With implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act ongoing, learn what you need to know to prepare for compliance and how the MA law will be affected.  More details will be sent out in the next few weeks.  Please let MFA know if you plan on attending.  There is no charge for MFA members to attend, but you must RSVP if you plan on attending.

 

MFA TESTIFIES AT HEARING ON MINIMUM WAGE

On June 11 before the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Brian Houghton of MFA testified on a panel with representatives from various industries in opposition to proposals before the Committee to raise the state’s minimum wage.  Two proposals (S878, H1701) seek to raise the minimum wage from the present $8/hour to $9/hour sixty days after passage of the law, then to $10/hour on July 1, 2014 and up to $11/hour on July 1, 2015.  Another proposal (H1757) seeks to raise the minimum wage to $11/hour on July 1, 2013, then to $11.50/hour on July 1, 2014 and up to $12/hour on July 1, 2015.  Each proposal also calls for indexing the minimum wage rate thereafter.  Also testifying on the panel with MFA were representatives from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), MA Restaurant Association (MRA), New England Convenience Store Association (NECSA) and the Retailers Association of MA (RAM). 

 

THANKSGIVING OPENING LEGISLATION TO BE HEARD

For those who wish to testify, legislation (H169) allowing retail stores and shops to open on Thanksgiving Day will be heard before the Joint Committee on Community Development & Small Business on June 20 at 10:00AM in Room B-1 of the State House.  With Association members both supporting and opposing this proposal, MFA will remain neutral on the legislation.

 

NEWS FROM THE

NATIONAL GROCERS ASSOCIATION & FOOD MARKETING INSTITUTE

FARM BILL:

On June 10, the Senate passed the farm bill (S. 954) on a 66-27 vote. The bill did not include any language restricting SNAP Choice, which ultimately would have driven up operational costs for grocers. Attention now shifts to the House where SNAP issues face much greater contention.

 

COOL:

On June 10, Mexico announced that it will continue challenging the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements before the World Trade Organization (WTO) and, if necessary, will adopt retaliatory measures against the United States.

 

MEAT LABELING PROPOSED RULE:

Last week, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a proposed rule calling for new requirements for labeling beef products that have been mechanically tenderized, including adding new cooking instructions.  FSIS also issued a Compliance Guideline for Validating Cooking Instructions for Mechanically Tenderized Beef Products.  Public comments are due August 9.

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MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE JUNE 10, 2013


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