MFA NEWS SCAN FEBRUARY 24, 2014

MFA NEWS SCAN FEBRUARY 24, 2014


- Monday, March 03, 2014



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WIC CONTINUES ROLL OUT OF WIC CARD PROGRAM

The MA WIC office continues on its plans to convert to an electronic benefits system in lieu of paper vouchers.  The program will begin as a pilot program in Berkshire County in July, with the rest of the state to follow in October.  WIC will be holding monthly meetings with the WIC Vendor Advisory Council to discuss the program’s progress and address issues that may arise, with meetings scheduled for March 27, April 30, May 29 and June 25.  Due to the ongoing program, a moratorium will be placed on new WIC vendor applications from March 17 through November 17.  If you have any questions or comments please contact the office or the WIC Director Judy Haus at (617) 624-6100.

 

Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy Program now Accepting Feasibility Study Grant Applications

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy Program is again accepting applications for Feasibility Study grants.

 

Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy supports the use of anaerobic digestion and other technologies that convert source-separated organic wastes into electricity and thermal energy. Both private and public-sector entities are eligible to apply for Feasibility Study grants.

 

MassCEC continues to accept applications from public entities for Technical Services grants, and applications from both private and public-sector entities for Construction or Pilot Project grants.

 

For more information about opportunities through Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy visit:

http://www.masscec.com/programs/commonwealth-organics-energy

 

FREE WORKSHOP ON DRAFTING A FOOD DEFENSE PLAN

Attached below is your invitation to attend FDA’s Food Defense Plan Builder Workshop to be held April 14, 2014 at the Seaport Hotel & Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA.  Important registration and workshop instructions are contained in the attached invitation.  There is no charge to attend but space is limited and you must register by April 4, 2014.  Be sure to follow the instructions in the attached invitation in regards to downloading the Food Defense Plan Builder (FDPB) tool (to your laptop) prior to the workshop and you must bring this laptop to the workshop.  This is a hands on training for industry participants and they will leave the workshop with a draft Food Defense plan.  If you have any questions call Mary Yebba of FDA at (781) 587-7466 or email her at mary.yebba@fda.hhs.gov or contact the office.

 

FDA Proposes Updates to Nutrition Facts label on Food Packages

The FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new public health and scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.  The proposed label would also update out-of-date serving size requirements to better align with how much people really eat, and it features a fresh design to highlight key parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.  For more information click on the title above or contact the office.

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MFA NEWS SCAN FEBRUARY 24, 2014


- Monday, March 03, 2014



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