Monthly Archives: March 2020

Illinois, Wisconsin Allow Increased Truck Weights for COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Governor JB Pritzker and Secretary of Transportation Omer Osman ordered the Illinois Department of Transportation to increase truck weights on Illinois roads to 88,000 pounds (currently 80,000 pounds) for a 5-axle vehicle or 10 percent above the legal load on for vehicles with fewer axles. Additionally, the Governor waived all overweight fees for the transportation […]

WI Gov Bans Gatherings Of 50 Or More People As Part of COVID-19 Response

WI Gov. Tony Evers has directed the Department of Health Services to issue an order banning mass gatherings of 50 or more people. As it relates to the business community, it is important to note that office spaces, manufacturing facilities and some types of retail establishments are exempt. The governor’s order went into effect at […]

Minnesota Legislature Moving To “On-Call” Status

The MN Legislature will not be recessing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will be moving to an “on-call” status. Most, if not all, committee hearings will be canceled/postponed until at least April 14th. The Legislature will work by “alternate means” by using email, phone communication, and social media. During this “on-call” work period, members […]

MWFPA Reschedules Accident Investigation Seminar, Postpones DNR Joint Meeting

Due to the current public health situation we have seen fit to postpone the MWFPA Accident Investigation Seminar scheduled for March 18, 2020. The seminar has been rescheduled for May 13, 2020 at the Wilderness Resort Glacier Canyon Conference Center in WI Dells, WI., pending the evolving state of the public health. Those currently registered […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus

Following is a series of links received from the American Frozen Food Institute designed to answer questions you may have relative to the COVID19.  Of perhaps most interest is the first link to the FDA’s frequently asked questions for the general public. MWFPA continues to monitor this situation with regard to upcoming member events and […]

FDA Submits CBD Report To Congress, But Reveals Little Progress

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted a report to Congress providing an update on the agency’s evaluation of potential regulatory pathways for CBD products, as well as a description of how FDA expects to proceed moving forward.  However, the report indicates that little actual progress has been made. The most significant development is that […]

Coronavirus To Become Bigger Trade Barrier Than U.S.-China Spat

The coronavirus is turning into the world’s biggest trade barrier that will exceed the implications of the U.S.-China tariff spat that kept exporters on edge last year. The virus epidemic will cost global trade $320 billion a quarter, according to calculations by Euler Hermes. Losses in the first three months of the year will equal […]

U.S. Congress Establishes Supply Chain Caucus In Response To Coronavirus

According to IEG Policy, the US, Congress is looking to tackle the possibility that coronavirus will disrupt supply chains by creating a Congressional Supply Chain Caucus. Industry hopes it will explore innovative solutions to a host of global threats to make supply chains more efficient. Reps. Colin Allred (D-Texas), Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) […]