MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE SEPTEMBER 29, 2014


- Friday, September 26, 2014



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MASSACHUSETTS ORGANICS BAN EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2014

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has established a new web page to support roll-out of the commercial organics waste disposal ban.  This is available via a link on the MassDEP home page, or directly by clicking here.  This page gathers together existing content from multiple MassDEP web pages and from the RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts (RecyclingWorks) program to provide a single central location for finding all relevant information on the commercial organics waste disposal ban.  MassDEP and RecyclingWorks will be continuing to add content over the coming weeks, which will be made available via links on this page.  All entities that produce more than one ton/week of organic waste are subject to the organic waste ban.

 

FOOD MANUFACTURERS MUST RENEW FEDERAL REGISTRATIONS

Food facilities required to register with FDA must renew their food facility registrations this year during the period beginning on October 1, 2014 and ending on December 31, 2014. FDA encourages food facilities to renew their registrations early on in the three-month renewal period.  The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), enacted on January 4, 2011, amended the food facility registration requirements of section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d]. The registration requirements in section 415 of the FD&C Act apply to domestic and foreign food facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States.  Section 102 of FSMA amended section 415 of the FD&C Act in relevant part to provide that food facilities required to register with FDA must renew their registrations with FDA every other year, during the period beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year.

 

NATIONAL NEWS FROM NGA

OSHA Issues Final Rules Expanding Workplace Injury Reporting Requirements

Last week, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) released final rules that expand the list of severe work related injuries employers must report to OSHA.  The new rules will replace the current rules, which require employers to report to OSHA within 8 hours, all incidents that result in an employee fatality or catastrophe.  A catastrophe is currently defined as an incident resulting in the overnight hospitalization for treatment of three or more employees. The new rule makes three major changes: 1) adds amputations and loss of an eye on list of injuries required to be reported, 2) requires proactive reporting within 24 hours of an injury to a single employee, if the injury requires overnight hospitalization, and 3) includes a plan for OSHA to publish these reports of injuries on their website.  The rule goes into effect for grocery stores and wholesalers on January 1, 2015.

 

New Federal Reserve Report Shows 445 Percent Profit on Swipe Fees

A report published by the Federal Reserve Board reveals further evidence that big banks continue to make big profits from fees they charge for debit card transactions.  The report found that the cost for debit transactions in 2013 was as little as 4.4 cents, despite banks charging an average 24 cents per transaction, yielding a 445 percent profit margin.  Despite this report, the Fed has no plans to revise the regulations surrounding interchange fees as outlined under the Durbin Amendment.  In July of 2013, a US District Court ruled that the Fed ignored the intent of the Durbin Amendment directing them to go back to the drawing board. The appeals court reversed that decision this spring, and merchant groups are asking the US Supreme Court to consider the case.

 

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MFA NEWS SCAN UPDATE SEPTEMBER 29, 2014


- Friday, September 26, 2014



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