MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE AUGUST 22, 2104

MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE AUGUST 22, 2104


- Monday, August 25, 2014



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NEWS FROM THE MA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The Massachusetts Food Association was asked to circulate the following statement from the MA Department of Public Health with regards to the transportation of refrigerated foods in MA:

Safety Tips for Transporting Refrigerated Foods

According to the Federal Food Code, temperature is one of the prime factors that can control the growth of bacteria in food.  Many, though not all, types of pathogens and spoilage bacteria are prevented from multiplying to microbiologically significant levels in properly refrigerated foods that are not out of date.  The Federal Food Code requires that potentially hazardous food/time-temperature control for safety (PHF/TCS) food be received at a temperature of 41°F or below with the exception of milk, molluscan shellfish, and shell eggs, which may be received at temperatures specified in laws governing those particular foods.  Regarding shell eggs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a final rule on August 27, 1998 to require that shell eggs packed for consumer use be stored and transported at an ambient temperature not to exceed 45°F. Upon receipt, PHF/TCS food shall be free of evidence or previous temperature abuse.

When transporting PHF/TCS foods in a car, temperature extremes that may leave perishable foods in sub-optimal temperatures for two hours or more can allow bacteria to multiply rapidly and can put consumers at serious risk of contracting foodborne illness.  Never allow raw meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or produce that requires refrigeration to sit at room temperature for more than two hours; the limit is one hour if the air temperature is above 90°F. Coolers or insulated food transport containers with ice or cold paks are recommended in addition to use of air conditioning in the car on a hot day.  The Federal Food Code requires that food packages be in good condition and protect the integrity of the contents so that the food is not exposed to adulteration or potential contaminants.  When the final destination is reached, place PHF/TCS foods under refrigerated temperature control as quickly as possible.

 

DIVISION OF STANDARDS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The following Q & A’s were published in the latest edition of the MA Weights and Measures Association newsletter:

Q: “The regular price of an item I wanted to buy was $3.99.  The sale price read ‘2 for $5.00’.  I didn’t want 2.  Do I have to pay the regular $3.99 price?”

A: No, you should only be charged $2.50 for one item unless the sign specifically says that you must purchase two and then the $3.99 price would apply for one.

Q: “If the expiration date on a sale price sign has passed, but the sign remains posted, does the store have to honor the sales price?”

A: Yes, because the lowest price on the item, shelf, or sign must be honored regardless of the date.

 

OMB Approves Patent Troll Study

According to the National Grocers Association, on Friday, August 15, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its proposed study on Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), or "patent trolls."  In September of 2013, the FTC proposed the study, which seeks to gather information from PAEs and examine how they do business.  The study is intended to help the FTC gain a better understanding of how PAEs impact innovation, competition and the American economy as a whole.

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MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE AUGUST 22, 2104


- Monday, August 25, 2014



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