Washington Insights

Washington Insights provides IFMA members with a new value added service that monitors and reports on government and regulatory matters that have potential to directly impact the foodservice manufacturer community. For members wanting to understand regulatory and legislative issues and their unique implication to foodservice suppliers, IFMA provides this unique perspective in ways that make it easy to stay up-to-date.

Comment Period Open for "Smart Snacks in School"

The Obama administration released its long awaited nutritional guidelines for snack foods sold in schools. The comment period is open for 60 days before the rules are finalized for the next school year. Examples of what's in: Baked Potato Chips, Granola & Cereal Bars; Examples of what's out: Candy, Snack Cakes, Pretzels.

Faegre Baker Daniels December 2012 Food & Agriculture Legal Update

Faegre Baker Daniels December 2012 Food & Agriculture Legal Update.

Farm Bill Insights

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill on June 21. Over 70 amendments were considered. Some that were accepted include amendments to help organic growers get crop insurance, require the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) to study the feasibility of establishing a food safety insurance program, establish a pilot program to support healthy foods for the hungry and require national dietary guidelines for pregnant women and children.

Follow-up Information on GMO Labeling

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.

Food Safety Modernization Act Implementation Insights

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. 

May 19

Gold & Silver Plate Celebration

This Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards event during NRA Week enables manufacturers to honor the nation's top operator talent. Annually, IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the celebration. This event affords the perfect opportunity to entertain operator customers. 

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