IRS Issues Proposed Rule on ACA Play or Pay Requirements

By Ilyse Schuman and David Weiner, Littler Full implementation of healthcare reform under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is less than a year away. The most important aspect of the new system for employers is the "employer shared responsibility" or "play or pay"
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ABA’s Overview on Developing an Environmental Pathogen Management Program Available

In the context of a preventive control strategy (see related item), FDA has made it clear that it sees environmental controls as a critical component of a facility’s overall strategy.  While FDA’s proposal does not currently require an environmental testing program, i
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ABA’s Petition Efforts on Warehouse Exemption Comes to Fruition

ABA’s citizen petition in July 2012 urged FDA to exempt storage facilities from FDA’s preventive controls provisions under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  FDA’s new proposal, “Preventive Controls for Human Food:  Current Good Manufacturing
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ABA: Extending the 2008 Farm Bill is the Right Move

Washington, D.C. – The American Bakers Association (ABA) fully supports the nine-month extension of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 into the 113th Congress. The 2008 Farm Bill was extended as part of the tax package aimed at avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. &qu
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USDA To Allow More Grains Back Into School Meals

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to suspend daily and weekly maximum quantities placed on grains, meats, and meat alternatives for the school year 2012-2013, saying the action is positive for both school foodservice operators and school communities, as
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ABA Successful in Securing Extension for FSMA Facility Re-Registration

Late last week, FDA approved ABA’s request for an extension of FSMA Biennial Registration Renewal. The agency indicated that since registration did not become available until October 22, 2012, FDA intends to exercise enforcement discretion with respect to registration renewals s
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ABA White Paper for Air Permitting Now Available

ABA recently published a White Paper to help members understand the current regulatory environment in response to the many inquiries it has received regarding air permitting in the state of Indiana and EPA Region 5. Almost 2 years ago, the Indiana Department of Environmental Managemen
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ABA Leads Grain Chain – Submits Robust List of Dietary Guidelines Panel Nominees

ABA led the grain-chain organizations in developing a robust group of eight highly respected nutrition and physical activity experts who would contribute science-based and common-sense advice for policies resulting from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Once the committee is
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ABA Efforts Pay Off – USDA Updates School Meals Grain Guidance

In response to continuous and aggressive efforts by ABA to educate policy and lawmakers on the many hurdles of implementation, USDA's Food and Nutrition Service recently issued updated guidance recognizing the industry's challenges related to the new grain requirements for the
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