The Wisconsin State Assembly amended a series of provisions onto Senate Bill 559 related to studying and testing for PFAS. The provisions would: Require the UW System to study and submit a report on the human health effects of PFAS, the safe destruction and disposal of PFAS, and safe levels of PFAS in the human […]
MWFPA Scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2020. In 2019, the Midwest Food Products Association Scholarship awarded 26 $1,000 scholarships to deserving children of parents or guardians who are employees of MWFPA member companies. The deadline for applying is drawing near. If you have a child looking to continue their educations beyond high school, whether […]
The MN House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee approved HF3268, a proposed bill to establish a PFAS task force. The measure has been sent to the House Government Operations Committee. There is no Senate companion. Funded with $150,000 from the General Fund, the task force would be charged, in part, to review information about […]
The Minnesota House is set to vote today on two workplace mandate bills. One bill (HF 5) would mandate up to 24 weeks of paid leave, creates a new 0.6% payroll tax on employers in addition to a new state bureaucracy to process claims. This mandate applies to all employers, regardless of size. If an […]
IL Governor JB Pritzker addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to present his spending plan for FY21. His $3.5 billion graduated income tax hike took center stage during the speech. Pritzker’s proposed budget would boost funding for child welfare, public education and Illinois’ chronically strained pension systems if voters in November approve the […]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a supplemental draft guidance to support compliance with the Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This draft is the third and last installment of the IA draft guidance. Unlike other FSMA rules that address specific foods or hazards, the IA rule requires […]
The MN House Committee on Commerce has scheduled a hearing tomorrow on a PFAS packaging measure. HF 3180 would ban the use of PFAS in food packaging beginning in January 2021. The bill is sponsored by Rep.Anne Claflin (DFL-South St. Paul). Meanwhile, the MN House Environment and Natural Resources Committee has schedule a public hearing […]
An WI State Assembly committee held a public hearing on PFAS bills which drew support from some quarters but criticism from local governments and industry groups. Read more from Wisconsin Public Radio.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has released for comment its draft instructions regarding an acceptable testing methodology that will satisfy a food does not contain GMOs for the new bioengineered (BE) label. USDA -AMS implements the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. On January 1, 2022, which is the mandatory […]
The MN Senate DFL caucus selected Sen. Susan Kent of Woodbury to serve as minority leader, replacing Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook. Kent is the first woman to lead the caucus. Read more from Minnesota Public Radio.