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Grocery Council Check Out Line 3-31-2015

FRF Grocery Update | March 31, 2015

This issue of THE CHECKOUT LINE contains important items that you as Florida food retailers need to address.

Menu Labeling

If you have 20 or more stores under the same name, you must comply with the Menu Labeling Standards. The greatest challenge is the compliance date of December 1, 2015. Please click for more information on these requirements.

Grinding Logs

Recently the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) published a proposed rule to modify recordkeeping for retail stores that grind raw beef products. According to the proposal the retailer must keep records that disclose the identity and contact information of the supplier of all source materials that they use in the preparation of each lot of raw ground beef.

Again this is a proposed rule, and FRF's Grocery Council will be weighing in with our national partners (FMI and NGA) to make your voice heard. We will keep you updated on this rule. See the FRF website for more information.

Ambush Union Elections

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted new election rules for union elections for determining if employees will be covered by a union. For years, the average period of time between filing the petition and the actual election has been 38-42 days. Under this new rule the election could be in as few as 11 days! By reducing this time period, employers will find it difficult to share both sides of the story with their employees. Thus favoring the union and making it more difficult to be union free. Despite the fact that congress passed a joint resolution to disagree with this rule, we are no doubt facing an Obama veto. Therefore, the effective date of this rule is April 14, 2015. Please click for more detailed information and recommendations on dealing with this critical issue.

Coupon Bar Codes - Change is Coming Soon#

JICC Urges Retailers to Prepare for Retirement of Coupon Barcodes

On January 29th the Joint Industry Coupon Committee (JICC) urged retailers to prepare for the retirement of UPC Prefix 5 barcodes from manufacturer coupons. These symbols will no longer be used after June 30, 2015 as manufacturers shift to exclusive use of the GS1 DataBar™ format for coupons. To ensure readiness, retailers may simply need to enable the functionality in their systems. In some instances, software and/or hardware modifications may be required. To avoid a disadvantaged position in the marketplace after June 30, retailers are encouraged to implement and activate these technologies as soon as possible.

The decision to move to exclusive use of the GS1 DataBar™ was announced in 2007, with the phase out period for UPC Prefix 5 barcodes beginning in 2011 and concluding June 30, 2015. For additional information, visit the GS1 US website, courtesy of NGA. Also, see the FRF website for more details.

SNAP Update

Once again we want to inform you that SNAP EBT cards will begin to expire in the month of April. All EBT recipients will receive a new card in the mail. The problem comes when a recipient has moved and has not provided their new address to the Department of Children and Families. See the FRF website for a poster explaining this which you can post for customers to see.

We are pleased to report that we are making progress in the expansion of SNAP benefits from 15 days to 28 days. We will keep you updated with our progress.

Mark Your Calendars:

June 10th—FRF Summer Meeting - Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando
Grocery Council - 10:00am-Noon
Loss Prevention Council - 1:30-3:30pm

October 12th—Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards Dinner
5:00-7:30pm - Downtown Hilton Tampa

Welcome Reception—FRF Loss Prevention Conference - 7:30-9:00pm
Downtown Hilton Tampa

October 13th—FRF Loss Prevention Conference - 8:00am-4:00pm
Downtown Hilton Tampa

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