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USDA Issues “Smart Snacks in School” Proposal

USDA Issues "Smart Snacks in School" Proposal On February 1, USDA unveiled its “Smart Snacks in School” proposed rule that includes provisions such as promoting availability of healthy snack foods with whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables or protein fo
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Court Rules NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

The Washington DC Court of Appeals recently ruled that President Obama’s three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional. In its ruling, the court agreed with a Washington state family owned business seeking to invalidate the NLRB rul
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FDA Announces Final Rule on Administrative Detention of Food

On February 4, FDA announced a final rule amending the criteria for administrative detention to prevent potentially unsafe food from reaching the marketplace. This action makes the criteria consistent with changes to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act under the Food Safety Moder
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D.C. Circuit Court Invalidates NLRB Appointments

Littler ASAP, by Alan Model –  For the past year, unionized and nonunionized employers across the United States have been alarmed by the National Labor Relations Board's expansive interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act and the resulting potential impact
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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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