On The Hill: Key Victories in Washington

January 1, 2006
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

On The Hill: Key Victories in Washington

The Snack Food Association’s government relations team, with the help of many SFA members, achieved significant successes in several key areas during 2005, and is poised for further achievement this year, according to Jim McCarthy, SFA president.
In a major victory in November, Congress delayed for two years the implementation of mandatory “country of origin labeling” (COOL). Thus, provisions affecting peanuts, meat and other products will not take effect until September 30, 2008. SFA and a coalition of allied organizations obtained this extension to provide time to seek repeal of the provisions.
In early December, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005. With the support of SFA members who contacted their representatives, SFA helped obtain 218 co-sponsors, a majority of the House.
The legislation provides for food safety standards and warning requirements in a uniform, national system. Currently, food regulation is composed of many different and often-inconsistent requirements.  
“As SFA works for final passage this year, the association will continue to ask for our members’ help,” McCarthy says.
On October 19, the House passed the so-called “Cheeseburger Bill,” legislation that would bar lawsuits that claim food companies’ high-calorie offerings are responsible for a plaintiff’s obesity. SFA worked with a coalition of food companies and other organizations to win passage of the bill, now pending before the Senate.
McCarthy notes that SFA also is pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to extend for two years, until October 31, 2007, requirements for animal fats and vegetable oils in the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule for oil and hazardous substances. He adds that SFA will continue to seek exclusion from these requirements.
Another achievement for members came with the Food & Drug Administration’s announcement in December that companies with supplies of labels that do not meet Trans Fat Labeling requirements, which took effect January 1, may obtain an extension to use up those labels.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery Magazine 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 Bakery of the Year: Capistrano's Wholesale Bakery, Phoenix AZ

Here’s a look at Capistrano’s Bakery, our 2014 Bakery of the Year.

11/7/13 2:00 pm EST

Food Plant of the Future: The Future of Wastewater Management

Available On-Demand Effective management of wastewater is becoming increasingly critical to food and beverage processors as the cost for incoming water increases...

Baking Industry Workforce

The American Bakers Association has launched a yearlong project to address the workforce skills gap in the baking industry. Does your company have difficulty finding qualified workers?
View Results Poll Archive


Organic Production and Food Quality: A Down to Earth Analysis

Effects of Organic Production on Food Quality is the first comprehensive book on how organic production methods influence the safety and quality of foods, based on an unbiased assessment of the latest scientific findings.  The title is a 'must-have' for everyone working within the food industry.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Facebook IconTwitter IconYoutube IconLinkedIn Icon

The Weekly Mix

Operations Weekly Logo

Written by Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery editors, our Operations Weekly weekly enewsletter provides bakers and snack food manufacturers with up-to-the-minute news, ideas and industry trends.

Sign up today!