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ABA Welcomes two new staff members: Matt Grogg and Samantha Moore

Matt Grogg, ABA’s new director of meetings and education, replaces Karin Soyster Fitzgerald, CMP, CAE, who recently accepted a position with the International Fire Chiefs Association. ABA wishes her all the best! In his new role at ABA, Matt will additionally serve as the IBIE Housing
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Call to Action – Ask Congress to Support Sugar Reform!

The U.S. House of Representatives is currently in the midst of working on passing the 2012 Farm Bill. The current sugar program is potentially forcing you to overpay for sugar by hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars each year. Your contact with your members
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ABA Urges FDA to Gather Voluntary Information Through Food Facility Registration

This week ABA submitted comments to FDA in response to its proposal requesting voluntary information for a food facility profile as part of the registration process. The information the agency wants to add includes facility type; products; hazards; preventative control practices; food
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Highway Reauthorization Bill Signed Into Law

Right before the July 4th recess, the U.S. Congress did something extraordinary – it finally reached agreement on a modest extension of the long-awaited highway bill. Signed into law by President Obama on July 6, the $105 billion transportation bill provides federal funding for
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Congresswoman Judy Biggert to Address the ABA HR and Labor Conference

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL), member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, will address attendees at the ABA HR and Labor Conference in Chicago at the conference’s Welcome Reception on Sunday, July 15. “We are very pleased to have Representative B
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ABA Opposes Maryland Proposal on Community Health Program Reviews & Increased Licensing Fees

ABA and seven other food industry partners weighed in this week with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene opposing new and increased fees for community health program plan reviews for food processing plants. Under the Maryland proposal, existing licensing fees would in
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Court Decision on Healthcare Will Further Harm the Baking Industry

Statement from ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie on the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act will continue to add to our country’s economic uncertain
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Court Decides in Favor of GHG Rules

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Court issued its decision on industry petitions regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The main focus of the suit was on EPA’s “tai
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ABA Urges FDA to Remove In-Plant Photography Protocol

ABA voiced strong concern in a letter to FDA regarding the agency’s recent approach toward the taking of in-plant photographs during routine facility inspections, including FDA’s amendment of its Investigations Operations Manual (IOM). ABA noted that warrantless use of in-plant photog
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