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  • Everything Old is New Again

    Jan 6, 2015
    As we start 2015 and welcome a new Congress to Washington, D.C., it’s important to keep in mind the cycle of issues and that old, but true wisdom that “everything old is new again.” Take for example country of origin labeling (COOL). Our industry ...
  • Havana Daydreaming ….Not So Fast

    Dec 18, 2014
    When President Obama announced yesterday that he was taking steps to begin normalizing relations with Cuba, many Americans no doubt abandoned their seasonal “vision of sugar plums” in favor of a decidedly more adult dream – shelves overflowing with ...
  • 2014 in State Legislatures: What Grocers Need to Know

    Dec 18, 2014
    FMI monitors over 80 issues at the state level. In those issue areas alone, we saw 4,603 bills introduced; 990 bills pass their house of origin; and 668 bills enacted into ...
  • Clearing Up Fish Fears

    Dec 15, 2014
    Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently requested comments on a draft document entitled “What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish.” FMI submitted comments on the draft ...
  • USA Today Op-Ed on Menu Labeling

    Dec 2, 2014
    USA Today sought out FMI to provide an Op-Ed of the Food and Drug Administration’s recent final regulation on menu labeling....
  • FSMA Series: Supplemental Proposed Rules

    Dec 2, 2014
    This is the last blog post in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) series, and I thought it was only appropriate to end with the most recent updates on FSMA implementation. It’s quite rare for an agency to republish proposed rules and the ...
  • There is No Shortage of Thanksgiving Turkeys

    Nov 24, 2014
    As Thanksgiving nears, the story of Ben Franklin and the Great Seal is now being crowded out by yet another turkey myth - that there is a shortage in the supply of turkeys that is not only driving up prices, but could also leave some consumers ...
  • FSMA Series: Produce Safety Rule

    Nov 20, 2014
    SMA requires FDA to regulate what occurs on a farm. As one can imagine, the proposed rule has created significant controversy....
  • FSMA Series: Foreign Supplier Verification Program

    Nov 10, 2014
    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), for the first time, includes changes related to foreign supplier verification that will affect importers of foreign food. TheForeign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) will fundamentally change the way ...
  • FSMA Series: The Sanitary Food Transportation Act (SFTA)

    Nov 7, 2014
    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) includes changes related to sanitary transportation that will affect retailers and wholesalers with distribution centers; and retailers and wholesalers with distribution centers and truck fleets. The Food and ...
  • FSMA Series: Preventive Controls Plan

    Nov 6, 2014
    Included in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a mandate that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require comprehensive, science-based preventive controls for food facilities that process, pack or hold food regulated by FDA. It does ...
  • Voting for the Right to Sing our Own Song

    Nov 5, 2014
    The lesson from last night’s election reminds me of the Twisted Sister song, “We’re Not Going to Take it.” We witnessed real frustration with the direction of the country and voters exercised their rights to “change for the sake of change” instead ...
  • Red, White and Vote!

    Nov 3, 2014
    According to the Pew Research Center, voter turnout regularly drops in midterm elections, and has done so since the 1840s. However, a recent visit back home to Tennessee by a colleague of mine tells a different story....