Monthly Archives: June 2019

Deadlines Set for FDA To Establish Reporting Requirements for “High-Risk” Foods

A consent decree that requires FDA to designate “high risk” foods by September 2020 and publish the record keeping requirements by November 2022 will set into motion new traceability demands under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Back in 2018, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the Center for Environmental Health sued FDA alleging […]

Bill Would Halt Big Food M&A

A bill introduced in Congress would put a moratorium on large mergers in agribusiness and food processing and retailing. The Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act would impose an indefinite moratorium on all mergers and acquisitions in “agriculture, food and beverage manufacturing, and grocery retail” where one party is worth $160 million […]

IL Legislature Ends Session Passing Host of Major Bills & Balanced Budget

The IL legislature has concluded its session and passed a host of major bills including the first balanced budget in years, an unprecedented $45 billion investment in Illinois’ crumbling infrastructure, minimum wage hike, graduated income tax constitutional amendment, expansion of sports wagering and gaming, and the legalization of recreational cannabis. Any of these bills on […]

WI Budget Committee Passes Transportation Proposal, Doesn’t Raise Gas Tax

The WI legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance has approved a transportation proposal that would provide $393 million in new revenue through fee based increases in addition to $90 million in a one-time general fund transfer. The measure passed on a 11 to 5 vote with Republican Senator Duey Stroebel voting opposed along with committee Democrats […]

MN Legislature Concludes Session, Passes Budget & Workforce Mandate Proposal

In MN, The Governor called a one-day special session for Friday, May 24 and, in a marathon 24-hour session, the Legislature passed the bills required to implement the state’s biennial budget. The bipartisan budget agreement reached by the Governor and legislative leaders spends roughly $48.3 billion, a 6.2% increase over the previous biennium, but did […]