MFA NEWS SCAN JULY 7, 2014
- Monday, July 14, 2014
DOS RECOMMENDS KEEPING LOG OF DAILY SCANNER CHECKS
The MA Division of Standards (DOS) recommends that all food stores/departments that have received a waiver to the state’s item pricing requirements and are utilizing a consumer price scanner system as an alternative to item pricing should keep a log of daily checks on scanners. As required in the regulations, Section 7.04 (5)(a), employees should conduct; “at a minimum, daily checks of each consumer price scanner …to ensure that each such scanner is plugged in and operating correctly, including conducting a test scan of at least one item for each scanner to ensure that the scanner is operational.” Although not keeping a log is not a fineable offense, these checks should be logged.
PLAN ON ATTENDING THE FMI/GMA GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT ON AUGUST 13 - 15 IN BOSTON
FMI and GMA are hosting the 2014 TPA Global Sustainability Summit this August 13 – 15, at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts, an event designed to help companies with all levels of expertise and awareness incorporate sustainability into every aspect of their business model. The Summit will give companies the tools, connections and proactive solutions to take their sustainability programs to the next level. From domestic agriculture to developing markets, the Summit will bring together leading experts to address the topics companies around the globe are facing today and in the future. Available is a special FMI/GMA Member rate for MFA members.
To register and learn more about the program visit the conference website. Please contact Teena Pham (email@example.com; 202.220.0608) if you have any questions. To receive the discounted FMI/GMA member rate, please follow the registration instructions below:
1. Once you have completed the registration information, please select the Non-Member fee code ($1495).
2. Enter the discount code (ASSN14) on the “Submit Payment” page directly below the fee summary section and click the Apply button.
3. Once applied, the discount amount will be removed from the registration fee.
4. Continue to fill out your payment information.
5. Complete the transaction by clicking the Submit button.
ECONOMIC BILL WITH LOCAL LIQUOR CONTROL TO CONFERENCE
An economic stimulus bill crafted in the MA Senate (S2241) contains language that would allow cities and towns to issue liquor licenses at their discretion as opposed to the present population based formula used to disperse licenses has gone to a Conference Committee to work out the differences between the MA House version (H4181) of its economic stimulus bill. The licensing language is not in the House version. Meanwhile, stand alone legislation to allow city and town discretionary liquor license approval (S93) was sent to a study.
food desert legislation in senate environmental bill
On Thursday, July 10 the MA Senate included language in an environmental bond bill (S2250) to address “food deserts” in the Commonwealth. The bill was then passed unanimously by the Senate. The language creates financial assistance for entities such as food stores, restaurants, farmers markets, etc. in impoverished areas under certain guidelines and reporting requirements.
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