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Saturday, 19 September 2015 14:55

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Food Safety Meeting

The next Food Safety and Food Defense Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for October 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., in the Eyster Auditorium, located at 3125 Conner Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399.


Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Update from FDACS regarding implementation plans and information specific to the Preventive Controls (PC) rules for Human Foods and Animal Foods Food Safety Training: Update from academic partners regarding upcoming food safety training programs to support both regulatory and regulated industries to comply with FSMA PC and Produce Safety rules.

Retail Food Safety Inspections: Update from FDACS regarding recent program changes to the food safety inspection program. Outbreak Updates: Information from our state and federal partners regarding recent foodborne illness outbreaks, including cucumbers contaminated with Salmonella Poona; Norovirus outbreaks in Florida, etc.

Oriental Fruit Fly: An update from FDACS regarding the quarantine imposed and emergency response to the Oriental Fruit Fly in Miami-Dade Co.

National Food Safety Education Month: An update from all stakeholders on consumer outreach efforts associated with food safety education, especially during the month of September.

Food Safety at Farmer’s Markets: Opportunities to provide food safety outreach and informed messaging addressing high risk foods such as raw milk (see attached photo).

Key Food Safety Meetings in 2016 (Informational):
BRC Food Safety of the Americas – Marriott Waterside in Tampa, FL: April 6 – 8
Global Food Safety Conference in Berlin, Germany: February 29 – March 3
Conference for Food Protection in Boise, ID: April 17 – 22
International Association for Food Protection in St. Louis, MO: July 31 – August 3
Safe Quality Foods International Conference in Orlando, FL: October 25 – 27

FDA Tobacco Notice
Please see the following message from FMI Regulatory Counsel, Stephanie Barnes, on FDA’s order to stop sale and distribution of certain R.J. Reynolds Tobacco products. Please contact Stephanie for more information (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued orders that will stop the further sale and distribution of four currently marketed R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company cigarette products – including its Camel Crush Bold brand – because the company’s submissions for these products did not meet requirements set forth in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The FDA’s evaluation found that Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol and Vantage Tech 13 cigarettes were not substantially equivalent (NSE).

When the FDA issues an NSE order, the tobacco product in inventory, including at a retail location, becomes adulterated and misbranded. As a result, it is illegal to sell or distribute the product in interstate commerce, or sell or distribute the product received from interstate commerce. Doing so may result in the FDA initiating enforcement action, including seizure, without further notice.

Recognizing that retailers may have limited options for disposing of products in their current inventories, the FDA indicated that they do not intend to take enforcement action for 30 days on previously purchased products that a retailer has in its inventory. Importantly, the policy does not apply to inventory purchased by retailers after the date of the order. FDA encourages retailers to contact their supplier or manufacturer to discuss possible options for existing inventories at specific retailer locations. Courtesy of the Food Marketing Institute.

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Friday, 11 September 2015 15:01

The Checkout - 9/11/2015

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EMV Liability Shift Approaching
October 1, 2015 marks the date when the liability for credit card fraud shifts to those merchants/retailers who have not transitioned to accept chip cards and obtained the necessary Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) equipment. With the transition rapidly approaching, it is vital that companies properly educate themselves on what it means for their respective businesses. Courtesy of NGA, the websites EMV Connection and offer excellent information and provide crucial resources on the implications of the shift to EMV. If you want to make the switch to allow your business to accept EMV cards, while also increasing the security of your customers’ financial data, then contact FRF today and let our staff help you get prepared. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 850.222.4082.

Overtime Ruling
Unfortunately, the Department of Labor has rejected the industry’s request for an extension of the comment period for the significant changes for overtime compensation. There have been many comments filed indicating the impact that raising the salary threshold for exempted managers would have on the retail grocery industry. The Florida Grocers Association will continue to monitor this issue and keep you updated.

Food Safety Meeting
Recently, the Florida Grocers Association and the Florida Retail Federation met with the Department of Agriculture, Division of Food Safety, to discuss the new Food Safety Inspection Scoring System. We had a good meeting and we brought up some things that they have adjusted and corrected in this new process. To review all the questions and answers that were submitted to the Food Safety Officials click here.

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