ASSACHUSETTS FOOD ASSOCIATION NEWS SCAN UPDATE

MFA NEWS SCAN NOVEMBER 18, 2013

MFA NEWS SCAN NOVEMBER 18, 2013


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ASSACHUSETTS FOOD ASSOCIATION NEWS SCAN UPDATE

 



VOLUME 13 ISSUE 34

 

NOVEMBER 18, 2013

 

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MA SENATE PASSES MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE LEGISLATION

On Tuesday, November 19 the MA State Senate passed legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage to $11.00/hour by July 2016.  As passed, the proposal (S1925) would increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.00/hour as of July 1, 2014, $10.00/hour as of July 1, 2015 and $11.00/hour as of July 2016.  It would then be indexed based upon any increase in the Consumer Price Index each January thereafter, as announced annually in October.  The MA House has yet to debate the proposal.  

MFA would like to thank all its members who called into the Senate to oppose such a drastic increase in business costs.  We will now focus on the House when it returns from its holiday break in January.

 

MA BILL BANNING TRANS FAT RELEASED FAVORABLY

On the heels of FDA’s announcement that it is leaning towards a federal ban on trans fats (see last week’s MFA News Scan Update), the MA Joint Committee on Public Health released favorably legislation that would ban trans fat statewide in all foods and in food preparation, except for products in a manufacturer’s original sealed package.  MA bill H2007 was released favorably to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing November 21.  The MA proposal would ban its use of more than .5 grams per serving in all foods within 12 months of the active date of the law (except for its use for deep frying of yeast dough or cake batter), and within 18 months of the effective date for use in yeast dough or cake batter.  Chelsea, MA banned its use of more than .5 grams per serving in July 2013, with a complete ban of any trace of trans fat effective January 2015, the harshest prohibition in the country.

 

FMI, NGA SUPPORT LEGISLATION ON MENU LABELING EXEMPTION

The Food Marketing Institute and the National Grocers Association voiced support for legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate on November 21 entitled the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013 (S. 1756), a bipartisan bill that limits the scope of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement a chain restaurant menu labeling provision that was included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for grocery stores.  The legislation would exempt pizza delivery joints and grocery stores from upcoming federal rules requiring restaurants to post the number of calories in their food.  It was introduced by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Angus King (I-ME).  In March of 2013, Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Loretta Sanchez introduced a companion bill, H.R. 1249, the Commonsense Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, in the U.S. House, and has 50 co-sponsors.  FDA chief Margaret Hamburg said earlier in the month that the regulations would be finalized “soon,” though she did not get more specific.

 

HEALTH CARE ENROLLEMENT FOR 2015 DELAYED ONE MONTH

The start of the 2015 enrollment period under President Obama's new health care law is being pushed back a month, from Oct. 15 of next year to Nov. 15 — just past the 2014 congressional elections.  The decision does not affect current enrollments for 2014.  Administration officials said the delay will give insurers more time to assess the experiences of the first year of the plan, helping them set polices and rates for 2015.  Also, many people may enroll late for 2014 because of problems with the Healthcare.gov website.  White House spokesman Jay Carney said insurers will need additional time.

 

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