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…

FDA Raises Health Concerns Regarding CBD

The agency issues warnings to consumers and manufacturers By NACS Online // December 02, 2019 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently updated its position on CBD, saying that the cannabis derivative may have the potential to harm users, reports Marketwatch. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is derived from the cannabis plant and is believed to be nonintoxicating.…

Trump Pursues Federal E-Cigarette Age Hike

The White House aims to raise the age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 By NACS Online // November 11, 2019 WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump Friday announced that his administration will pursue raising the federal minimum age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 as a way to combat youth vaping, reports AP News.…