In anticipation of FDA's publication of the Food Traceability Final Rule (FSMA Section 204), our partners at FMI will be hosting a digital seminar on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 2:00 PM ET to discuss the elements in the final rule, review what has changed and begin the discussion about regulation implementation. We welcome attendees to register to join the discussion. The digital seminar will be recorded and available in the FMI archives after the event. Register here.
The rule aims to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons who manufacture, process, pack or hold foods the FDA has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List (FTL). Specifically, the rule requires these entities to establish and maintain records containing Key Data Elements (KDEs) associated with different Critical Tracking Events (CTEs). The compliance date for all persons subject to the recordkeeping requirements is Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2026.
The alternative formula options will now be available until at least December 31, 2022.
The Temporary Formula Alternatives 10-20 reflect the updated end date. No changes were made to the alternative formula options. Please consider providing a copy of the chart to cashiers at checkout lanes and customer service desks. Remember to discard all previous charts as they will not be accurate on October 19.
Please direct WIC retailer questions to MOWICVendorGroup@health.mo.gov.
Brandi Turnbough WIC Retailer Manager Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Effective October 1, 2022 retailers will no longer be permitted to exchange Abbott brand formula included in the recall that was purchased with WIC benefits as participants should no longer have recalled product on hand to exchange.
The alternative formula options will now be available until at least October 31, 2022.
The Temporary Formula Alternatives 8-25 reflect the updated end date. No changes were made to the alternative formula options. Please consider providing a copy of the chart to cashiers at checkout lanes and customer service desks. Remember to discard all previous charts as they will not be accurate on August 25.
To clarify, please note that retailers shall continue to allow WIC customers the ability to exchange defective, spoiled, or expired formula for the identical item purchased.
The wholesaler has announced a temporary reduction to fuel surcharges through 2022 and a one-time rebate for year-to-date activity. It estimates the sum of the rebate and reduction to exceed $9 million. Learn more here
Grocers may have the opportunity to participate in a new SNAP-Healthy Fluid Milk Incentives (HFMI) $3 million grant program recently announced by the USDA FNS.
Baylor University - which has already been operating a HFMI incentive program under a previous grant - is seeking interested retailers that have the capability for their POS systems to electronically apply an incentive discount to SNAP shoppers for a potential new project.
Grocers can use the DoorDash platform to build an e-commerce offering that meets the needs of their local community base, extending to areas where they may not have previously reached.
“Our relationship with DoorDash is another way that we fulfill our mission to our member-retailers by providing all the tools, products and services they need to compete favorably in all markets served,” said Stacy Bowen, VP of sales, support and solutions.
“It will make it easier for independent retailers to offer online grocery ordering and delivery. We know demand for this functionality continues to be very strong, and to remain competitive, retailers need solutions that offer simple set-up and increased convenience for customers.”
SNAP has accounted for nearly two-thirds of USDA spending on food and nutrition assistance in recent years. Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 marked record Federal spending on SNAP and the second year of increased spending and participation since 2019. This increase reflects the overall economic downturn and the temporary expansion of SNAP benefits because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to USDA, SNAP benefits expanded in two major ways:
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Overall inflation rose another percent from May to June, hitting 9.1%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, marking a new 40-year high. Worse, inflation for food eaten at home – grocery – climbed to 12.2% year over year, compared to inflation for restaurants, which rose another 0.9% or 7.7% for the year.
Well, same-store sales for independent grocers were up every week in June compared to a year ago, according to data from FMS Solutions.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson visited Springfield’s Hiland Dairy plant to address dairy workers and present a proclamation celebrating dairy month.
He delivered the proclamation to Gary Aggus, president of Hiland Dairy.
“I think it means everything,” said Gov. Parson. “We know how important dairy is to the state of Missouri, and being a farmer, growing up on a dairy farm, it’s really neat to be at Hiland today, really acknowledging them, the dairy farmers for this month. It’s good. It’s fun.”
Chris Chinn, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, was also in attendance, making a point to highlight the work many of the plant employees did during the height of the pandemic.
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