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Nov 06

Presidents Conference

The IFMA Presidents Conference is the place “Where Leaders Meet.” The 54th annual premier top-to-top forum, co-hosted by the NRA and IFDA, brings together influential leaders of foodservice from the operator, manufacturer and distributor communities.

August 2015 Washington Insights Update

Congress has been adjourned this month for the annual August recess. Most members, and many staff, have been away from Washington. Seemingly little negotiation has occurred on big-ticket items which members must address once they return. Perhaps the most looming item is appropriations, which must be addressed before September 30 to prevent a government shutdown. September is expected to be a busy month on Capitol Hill – in addition to appropriations, Congress must vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, transportation funding, and child nutrition reauthorization.

House Passes Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill

The U.S. is a step closer to enacting a consistent, national approach to certifying and labeling genetically modified (GMO) foods. A bill passed by the U.S. House today would alleviate food manufacturers’ burden of complying with differing state GMO labeling laws. However, the bill also would lead to an FDA-mandated definition of “natural,” among other provisions.

Washington Insights Update

This month, Congress is focused on clearing its agenda prior to the month-long August recess. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate continue to hold appropriations hearings, attempting progress towards passage of legislation to fund the government past September 30. In addition, Congress is attempting to address funding for transportation programs which expires at the end of July, as well as moving legislation to address the drought in the Western United States, particularly California.

Menu Labeling Guidance for Small Entities

The FDA recently released a menu labeling Small Entity Compliance Guide. The guidance provides answers to what may be burning questions from operators considered small entities - which means they are "independently owned and operated and not dominant in its field of operation." 

Analysis of Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommendations

This week, the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

October Update on Key Topics and Priority Issues

During the October 22nd Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.

President's Immigration Executive Action Will Impact Employers

On November 20, President Obama announced executive action to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States temporarily and apply for work authorization. This executive action also includes improvements to employment-based immigration procedures and policies. All of these measures will significantly impact U.S. employers and their employees.

“Boots-on-the-ground” perspective on what Foodservice may see following the November 2014 election

FaegreBD Consulting provides a perspective from Washington D.C. on the developments in public policy relevant to foodservice.

September Update on Key Topics and Priority Issues

During the September 24th Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.

June Update on Key Topics and Priority Issues

During the June 18th Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.