On September 27th, The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association (MGFPA) hosted Maine’s
Third Annual Best Bagger Championship to honor our state’s “best” grocery checkout bagger.
Congratulations to CHAMPION: Matt P. of Hannaford, 2nd Place: Samantha M. of Hannaford and 3rd place contestant: Jodi D. of Shaw’s!
Watch coverage via WCSH6 and the Sun Journal.
Governor Paul LePage received a letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture highlighting the newly passed federal legislation regarding the specific clause that preempts states from implementing their own GMO labeling regulations. The letter also makes note that the USDA will shortly begin rule making to set in place a national standard for the labeling of genetically engineered products. Maine’s GMO labeling law which is not in effect remains on the books but will not be implemented.
To read the letter, click here.
Shelley Doak, Executive Director recently completed her second year of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management.
“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”
“I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the Institute’s four-year program and have already shared some new ideas with members and Board Directors,” Shelley Doak said.
US Chamber Press Release
Vermont will not enforce GE Food Labeling Law
AG’s Office issues statement Tuesday
Following President Obama’s signing of S.764, which establishes a “National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard,” the Vermont Attorney General will no longer be enforcing Act 120, Vermont’s first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering. “We successfully defended our law for two years, and as a result many companies are now disclosing that their products are produced with genetic engineering,” said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. “We hope they will continue to do so going forward, not because our law requires it, but because it is the right thing to do,” he continued.
Under the federal law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has two years to draft regulations to implement the labeling standard.
On Friday, July 29, 2016 President Obama signed into law legislation to establish federal GMO labeling standards. This hard fought legislation preempts all state legislation, including the State of Vermont, effective immediately.
The USDA now has two years to generate regulations for the labeling of GMO products. MGFPA will be actively involved in this regulatory process and welcomes our members’ input.