21
Nov

Menu Labeling Update

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has increased their efforts to get Congressional action to change the FDA menu labeling regulations this year. FMI is currently seeking House Member signatures on a letter to include the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 2017) in the year-end appropriations.  They are trying to limit distribution to only those House […]

21
Nov

Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration Draft Guidance for Industry

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has available a draft guidance for industry entitled “Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Seventh Edition):  Guidance for Industry.” The draft guidance contains 15 sections of a multi-section guide intended to provide updated information and answer frequently asked questions regarding FDA registration requirements. The 2016 Food Facility Registration biennial […]

21
Nov

FMI Q&A Portal On The Menu Labeling Final Rule

FMI is providing questions to FDA officials to get more clarity on whether specific items will be covered under the scope of the regulation and to account for scenarios unique to the food retail industry. Submit your questions on the menu labeling final rule to help FMI account for questions about all the various situations […]

19
Oct

Merchants Mark Fifth Anniversary of Debit Competition

Oct. 1st is the fifth anniversary of reforms that brought competition to the debit-card market. In 2010, Congress passed debit reform that ended the practice of Visa and MasterCard blocking their competitors from handling debit-card transactions for merchants. The reform also created incentives for banks to set their own fees for this service rather than […]

19
Oct

Card Industry Delays Continue to Slow Chip Card Transition

Without PIN, Chip Cards Are Only Partial Step toward Security One year after card companies’ deadline for retailers to accept new chip-based credit cards, delays by the card industry have left thousands of new chip readers unused and consumers with far less improvement in security than what was sought by merchants, the National Retail Federation […]

16
Aug

Online Grocery Shopping’s Popularity Continues to Grow

U.S. consumers are starting to shop for groceries more frequently online, and this option is even starting to replace in-store shopping for some, according to a new Harris Poll survey. Overall, 31% of U.S. shoppers had bought groceries online “in the past six months.” The survey was conducted in late Jun 2016. Furthermore, 10% of […]

16
Aug

Preventive Control Rules for Human Food Compliance Begins September 16

“It’s a lot to take in — like drinking from a fire hose.” That’s how Donna Garren, regulatory affairs and technical specialist with the American Frozen Food Institute, describes the challenge that food facilities are grappling with as they move toward the deadline for compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s preventive controls rule for […]

10
Aug

TRA Member Brookshire Grocery Co. Bows Spring Market Banner

Brookshire Grocery Co. opened its first three small-format Spring Market stores in the Texas communities of Frankston, Hughes Springs and Naples. The three stores are the first of 22 more of Spring Market banner stores to be opened in the coming weeks by the Tyler, Texas-based BGC, whose total store will rise to 177 when […]

02
Aug

Feds channel The Stones: You can’t always get what you want…

Feds channel The Stones: You can’t always get what you want… BY CORAL BEACH | AUGUST 2, 2016 ST. LOUIS — Neither of the top U.S. food cops on stage here had the moves of Mick Jagger, but they borrowed the sentiment from one of The Stones’ greatest hits when they summed up federal progress on the food […]

06
Jul

FDA Introduces New Sodium Guidelines

The FDA guidelines, announced June 1, mark the first time the government is establishing a recommended sodium limit. It’s one of several recent moves the FDA has made to make nutrition information more transparent. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to curb salt in America’s food. FDA released proposed guidelines intended to help the […]