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  • Labels, Legislation and Limits to Both

    Feb 17, 2016
    While I thought 2015 would go down as the “year of the label,” it appears that labeling will continue to be the center of our attention for months to come. In a world of multi-channel communication, many of us question the efficaciousness of labels, ...
  • Becoming a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual

    Feb 12, 2016
    This week, FMI hosted a three-day training session that allows food retailers and other interested parties to become preventive controls qualified individuals (PCQI) as defined by FDA through a curriculum developed through the Food Safety Preventive ...
  • New Year, New State Legislative Sessions – What Grocers Need to Know

    Feb 10, 2016
    FMI monitors over 80 issues at the state level. Currently, more than 7,000 bills have been introduced for discussion this New Year. To help prepare for this onslaught of state legislative and regulatory activity, FMI releases the 50 State ...
  • Today is the Iowa Caucus, Tomorrow is Groundhog Day

    Feb 1, 2016
    Today, February 1, is the day of the Iowa Caucus, a day when Iowa voters meet in their various electoral precincts or “caucuses” to begin the process of electing a nominee for the Democratic and Republican parties. While Iowa only represents a small ...
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Government Relations

    Dec 30, 2015
    Government relations activities in the food retail industry had significant cross-over with the Food Safety Modernization Act and other regulatory issues, such as chain restaurant menu labeling, but blog readers in 2015 were much more interested in ...
  • COOL and the WTO: Are We Finally At the End of the Road?

    Dec 18, 2015
    There are lessons to be gleaned from the road we’ve taken on COOL, not the least of which is that government needs to work with and listen to industry as it seeks to regulate areas where it has little expertise and specialized knowledge. As the FDA ...
  • How New Jersey’s Liquor Law Can Be Changed to Reap Economic Growth

    Dec 18, 2015
    Based on the success of the Massachusetts law, as evidenced by the FMI study, New Jersey should enact legislation to increase the amount of liquor licenses that are currently allocated. This will allow for more equity in the marketplace and reduce ...
  • New Recordkeeping Requirements for Retailers that Grind Raw Beef Products

    Dec 15, 2015
    On Monday, December 14, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a final rule amending its recordkeeping regulations for all official establishments and retail stores that grind ...
  • Thanksgiving Without Turkey?: No Need to Fear, There is Plenty for Everyone

    Nov 20, 2015
    It is important to remember, though, that turkey is pretty much the star of Thanksgiving dinner, and like any celebrity it gets treated a little bit special. Supplies of turkeys destined for Thanksgiving tables are locked in early in the year, and ...
  • ACA Automatic Enrollment Repeal Included in Federal Budget Agreement

    Nov 5, 2015
    Eliminating mandatory auto-enrollment does not reduce individuals’ access or eligibility for health care coverage, but it removes the potential for redundancies. The auto-enrollment clause would have resulted in unwanted dual-enrollment for those ...
  • With “Ban the Box,” Employers Are Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    Oct 22, 2015
    Should a box appear on a job application, requesting the solicitant to check whether or not they have a criminal history? Over 100 cities and counties and 19 states have adopted what are known as “ban the box” laws. These initiatives typically seek ...
  • Grocers Get Their Turn to be Heard On EMV in House Hearing

    Oct 21, 2015
    The panel consisted of four merchants and one witness depicting the consumer perspective. FMI was thrilled to have Art Potash with Potash Markets from Chicago, Illinois testify on our behalf to give the grocer’s perspective. Art is an active member ...
  • Visa Says it Competes for Merchant Business…Fact or Fiction?

    Oct 9, 2015
    This week, the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee held a hearing on EMV migration and the challenges small businesses are facing under the liability shift deadline. When the House Small Business Committee announced it would hold ...
  • What Food Retailers Need to Know About Predictive Scheduling

    Oct 8, 2015
    So why should you, the busy food retailer, care about a municipal ordinance that affects a single city that you may not even be doing business in? Because this legislation, the first of its kind, looks to be the opening salvo of a barrage of similar ...
  • Congress Prevents a Government Shutdown, For Now

    Oct 1, 2015
    Yes, another shutdown was avoided, but the threat of one caused unnecessary confusion for businesses and consumers. We hope Congress can find common ground and pass a long-term spending measure to avoid the need for a repeat of this exercise in ...