FDA Issues Final Nutrition Facts Guidance

Final guidance expands on answers about labeling regulations for manufacturers By NACS Online // January 06, 2020 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final guidance to outline Nutrition Facts labeling regulations. According to New Food Magazine, the final guidance addresses “serving sizes of foods, including single-serving foods and other foods that can reasonably be…

FDA E-Cigarette Flavor Ban Takes Effect February 6th

Retailers must remove most flavors of cartridge units from their shelves ahead of the deadline By NACS Online // January 10, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tuesday officially published its final guidance in the Federal Register banning most flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes, except for tobacco and menthol flavors. The guidance permits the…

2021 Food Code: What to Expect

Updates may include a regulatory initiative focus on retail and foodservice By NACS Online // January 13, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va—While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has focused on manufacturers, processors, growers and importers, the agency may shift its center to regulating the retail and foodservice space instead, reports The Acheson Group. In late December…

Labor Department Issues Joint Employer Rule

The final rule reverses the Obama-era FLSA interpretation in line with NACS comments By NACS Online // January 13, 2020 ALEXANDRIA—The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Sunday released its long-awaited Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “Joint Employer” rule governing when one business may be legally responsible under federal wage and hour law for another company’s…

FDA Statement on Tobacco 21

On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raising the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product—including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes—to anyone under 21. Effective immediately, retailers must…

Court OKs Class Action Settlement

The $5.54 billion settlement will compensate merchants for excessive interchange fees By NACS Online // December 18, 2019   ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Judge Margo Brodie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on December 13 approved a $5.54 billion settlement in the long-running litigation brought by NACS and other merchants against Visa, MasterCard and…

Food Stamp Program Rules Tighten

The changes will affect adults up to age 48 who aren’t disabled and don’t have dependents By NACS Online // December 06, 2019 WASHINGTON—The Trump Administration has formalized a rule that requires able-bodied and childless food stamp recipients to work at least 20 hours a week to retain benefits, NBC News reports. The move, which will take…

FDA and CDC Provide Update on E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

FDA and CDC have posted updates for the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce harvested in Salinas, California. FDA and states continues to investigate the cause of this outbreak.  FDA immediately sent investigators to three farms identified in the traceback investigation.  Investigators have sampled soil, animal droppings, compost, water and other environmental sources.  These samples along with other information collected…