Updated January 24, 2013
The defeat in November 2012 of Proposition 37 in California was viewed as a keystone ballot initiative in the movement, now nationwide, that is advocating for the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) food products. The initiative in California was hardly considered a "high water mark" for those advocating for such labeling. There are numerous efforts afoot across the nation attempting to achieve the same ends as those pursued in California.
With the 2011 enactment of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the regulatory landscape for the foodservice industry and its suppliers has begun to change. FSMA's passage was the most substantial overhaul of food safety regulations in nearly 70 years.
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Washington, D.C. food sector insiders are closely watching the U.S. Supreme Court deliberations on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka health reform).
The Washington Insights initiative was launched in the fall of 2012 to provide timely information to IFMA members on government actions and their impacts on our industry. The Washington Insights Committee has identified four main areas from which the relevant policy developments are tracked, analyzed, and reported for the benefit of the broader IFMA membership.