MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE JUNE 17, 2013

MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE JUNE 17, 2013


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MASSACHUSETTS FOOD ASSOCIATION NEWS SCAN UPDATE

 

WHAT’S NEWS


VOLUME 13 ISSUE 18

 

JUNE 17, 2013

 

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HOUSE DEFEATS FARM BILL SNAP PROPOSAL, THEN DEFEATS FARM BILL

According to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the National Grocers Association (NGA), the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected a proposed amendment to the Farm bill this morning by a vote of 346 to 79, then later in the day voted down the entire proposal by a vote of 195 to 234.  The defeated amendment called for the creation of a pilot program in 9 states mandating the collection of data on every food item (complete or partial) purchased with SNAP benefits.  This would have included the label description, brand name, size of the item, number of units sold, and aggregate cost of each item, an enormous and costly undertaking for retailers.  After defeat of the amendment, the entire proposal was defeated later this day.

 

OSHA INSPECTIONS ON BALERS/COMPACTORS MAY BE ON RISE

Recently FMI issued a warning that OSHA inspections for the proper use and postings at compactors and balers is on the rise, particularly where minors (who are not allowed to operate or unload the machines) are employed.  In some instances penalties may be calculated based upon the number of minors employed, as opposed to the seriousness of the violation.  Leaving the key in the machine is mentioned as one of the most common violations, since it leaves access to the machine open to minors, thus a violation of the to the Fair Labor Standards Act.  To view the warning please click here.

 

NEW FORKLIFT REGULATIONS PROPOSED

On July 8 the Department of Public Safety will hold a public hearing regarding proposed changes to the present regulations 520 CMR 6.00 relative to hoisting machinery and forklifts.  The proposed regulation can be found here.  The Department will also hold a public hearing that day at 1:00 PM on proposed changes to increase the hoisting license fees for an initial hoisting license from $60 to $75 and the fee for a renewal hoisting license from $40 to $60, which are set by the Legislature.  The Department is proposing these changes to make the fee schedule consistent with the statutory fees.  MFA is going over the proposed changes.  Please call the office for more information.

 

LOS ANGELES TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS

On Wednesday, June 19 the Los Angeles City Council became the country’s largest city to pass a ban on plastic bags.  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to sign the measure which would phase out single use plastic grocery bags at large grocery stores beginning January 1, 2014.  The ban would then extend to smaller convenience and liquor stores by the following July.  It is the 77th jurisdiction in the State of California to phase out the use of plastic grocery bags.  Another dozen CA jurisdictions are expected to adopt ordinances phasing out single use plastic bags later this year.

 

MA ORGANICS BAN NEWS

The state continues to push towards its ban on organic waste from going to the landfill or being incinerated, as outlined in a recent article from Eco Mass News.  The MA Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has also posted the following updated information relative to organics and food waste programs on the MassDEP web site: Updated Organics Action Plan – this replaces the May 2012 version and provides updated program status as of June 2013: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dep/public/committee-4/orgplan12.pdf

Updated List of Food Materials Processing Facilities:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dep/recycle/reduce/06-thru-l/fcdcmpst.pdf

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