MFA NEWS SCAN JUNE 2, 2014
- Monday, June 09, 2014
MA DIVISION OF STANDARDS TO REVIEW FOOD STORES/DEPARTMENTS ON ITEM PRICING WAIVER COMPLIANCE
Massachusetts food stores and food departments who have received a waiver from the MA Division of Standards (MDOS) to convert from the state’s individual item pricing system to a consumer price scanner system are advised to review and double check their compliance requirements with the new state’s item pricing waiver laws and regulations, including: required signage; required number of scanners based on square footage of retail selling space, recordkeeping requirements, functionality of scanners in stores/departments and all other requirements. The MDOS reports that it will soon begin its own compliance review of waivered retailers, due to requirements of the waiver law that require them to annually file with the Legislature a report consisting of the impact of consumer price scanner implementation on pricing accuracy and employee job loss, or change of employment status, if any, resulting from the item pricing waiver program. This report will also contain recommendations for legislative changes, if any, which the director of the division of standards deems “necessary to affect the purposes of the program”. Consumer groups such as Consumer World.org are reported to be soon releasing their own survey results on compliance with the law. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK COMMENDS INDUSTRY
The Greater Boston Food Bank has thanked the industry for its donations generated by the MFA’s recent Family Reunion Convention held over the Memorial Day weekend. All leftover product from the convention as well as product donated by attendees and turned in at the MFA registration desk is turned over to the Food Bank upon conclusion of the four day event and sent back on the Food Bank’s truck to its’ facility in Boston for distribution to the needy. On behalf of the generosity of our industry, MFA thanks all who participated in the weekend event!
EBT TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN FOR MAINTENANCE
According to the Food Marketing Institute and the National Grocers Association, Xerox will be performing a planned maintenance on Sunday, June 22 from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. EDT. During this time, there will be a short period when WIC/EBT transactions will not be able to be processed. For more information on this scheduled maintenance, click HERE.
House Committee Approves FY15 USDA-FDA Funding Bill,
Report Includes Menu Labeling Language
According to the Food Marketing Institute and the National Grocers Association, last week the House Appropriations Committee approved a Committee Report that contains language to adopt the “Option 2” alternative to menu labeling regulations. The language pertaining to the supermarket industry is as follows:
Menu Labeling — “… The Committee continues to urge FDA to adopt the proposed alternative Option 2 definition of similar retail food establishments, which only applies the rule to restaurants or retail establishments where the primary and majority of business is the selling of food for immediate consumption or the selling of food that is processed or prepared on the premises…”
Please contact the office if you have any questions. We will keep you updated.
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