Increased Shigellosis in SE Michigan

By Sandra Walker // Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Public health officials are seeing an increase in Shigella infections in Saginaw and Genesee Counties. Shigella are bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illness which includes mild to severe diarrhea. As a result, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is asking licensed retail food…

2016 WIC Vendor Conference

By Ed Dichoza // WIC Division – Vendor Management & Operations WIC Vendor Management and Operations will be hosting the Inaugural WIC Vendor Conference on August 11, 2016, at the Radisson Downtown – Lansing.  The conference program is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Our goal is to enhance the WIC Program/WIC vendor relationship…

The Double-Speak of Big Banks

What the largest financial institutions won’t reveal about swipe fees NACS Online George Orwell’s 1984 novel has nothing on banks these days in terms of double-speak, wrote Lyle Beckwith, NACS senior vice president of government relations, in a blog posted to The Hill. “The banks don’t like an amendment to the Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law that…

Proposed Snap Rule Will Harm Convenience Stores

NACS cautions that prohibiting convenience stores from accepting SNAP benefits will negatively affect not only retailers but their customers and communities NACS Online The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants retailers who accept food stamps to stock more food choices, a move that could harm tens of thousands of smaller stores, like convenience stores, currently…