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NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE
Chip English, Continental Vending Anaheim (CAVC Secretary) and Larry Atnip, Atnip Company, Fullerton, California (CAVC Past President) attend an event with California State Assembly Member, Diane Harkey,
who was just elected to the Board of Equalization.
HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY
Diane Striegel of Mondelēz International Joins NAMA's Nutrition Advisory Council
NAMA recently announced that Diane Striegel, Corporate Planning Manager of Food Service and Vending for Mondelēz International, has joined the NAMA Nutrition Advisory Council.
"Diane brings 30 years of experience in nutrition and industry expertise to NAMA's Nutrition Advisory Council. Her involvement will be a valuable asset as we continue to enhance awareness of our industry's nutrition efforts and steer the continued growth of NAMA's FitPick® program," said Roni Moore, NAMA's Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
Important Message from the U.S. Food And Drug Administration
Recently, NAMA has been made aware of an important message vending operators have been receiving from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The message, included above, reminds food facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food(s) for consumption in the U.S. that they must register or renew their registration with the FDA at www.access.fda.gov by Dec. 31.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE
Post-Election Briefing: Impact of 2014 Election on Refreshment Services Industry
NAMA's Government Affairs Division actively followed the 2014 election that culminated on Tuesday. Even though Democrats had a few unexpected wins, the election was very successful for Republicans at all levels, especially at the gubernatorial, U.S. House and Senate levels.
California: Nation's First Soda Tax Is Passed
Berkeley, Calif., became the first U.S. city to pass a law taxing sugary drinks including sodas.
More than three-quarters of the votes cast were in favor of Measure D, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. The measure will place a 1-cent-an-ounce tax on soft drinks. It only needed a majority of "yes" votes to pass.
In nearby San Francisco, city voters rejected a similar measure to tax sugary drinks. The measure needed two-thirds of the vote to approve the two-cent tax.
California: Bye-Bye, Burgers: New Fast-Food Chains Bet on Healthy Eating
Some of the fastest-growing fast-food chains aren't slinging artery-clogging cheeseburgers or cooking up calorie-packed fried chicken.
Instead, diners can order Brussels sprouts salads and kale smoothies, served with the same speed as In-N-Out or Burger King.
America's interest in locally sourced and healthy foods has spurred a boom in farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants and has expanded organic produce at the supermarket. Now, a number of upstart chains trying to tap that interest are taking aim at traditional fast food by moving leafy greens and fruits to the center of the plate
California: Plastic-Bag Makers Want You to Overturn California's Bag Ban
Listening to the plastic-bag industry oppose bans on their product is eerily similar to what carmakers said decades ago in opposition to seat belts and air bags.
Bad idea, they argued. Bad for consumers. Won't accomplish what supporters intend.
In fact, seat belts cut the number of crash-related injuries and deaths in half, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the combination of seat belts and air bags reduced fatalities by more than 60 percent.
And now we have plastic-bag manufacturers claiming that bans at the local and state level hurt the economy, kill jobs, tax the poor and don't actually help the environment.
California: Voters in Berkeley Pass Tax on Sugary Drinks
Berkeley voters became the first in the country to approve taxing sodas to curb consumption, after costly campaigns by the soda industry helped defeat similar taxes in more than 30 other cities and states in recent years.
In San Francisco, meanwhile, voters Tuesday became the latest around the nation to reject a soda tax, failing to give the measure the two-thirds support it needed to pass.
The ballot measure in 100,000-resident Berkeley needed only a simple majority to pass, and won by a wide margin. The measure will require distributors of soft-drinks and certain other sugary drinks to pay a one-cent per ounce tax, which will go to the city's general fund. Supporters of the tax pinned soda as a main culprit in obesity and related diseases including diabetes.
California: How Did Berkeley Pass Soda Tax When Other Cities Failed?
Children pose outside a Yes on D sign put up by Jan Cecil outside her house on Ashby Avenue in Berkeley — one of many efforts in a city-wide pro-soda tax campaign which led to its overwhelming victory. (Courtesy: Berkeley vs Big Soda)
The city of Berkeley was basking in glory Wednesday over its passage of the nation's first soda tax, an accomplishment that the beverage industry dismissed as just a whacky — and inconsequential — victory. Although the soda industry was quick to release a press statement after San Francisco's defeat of a two-cent an ounce tax on soda, it took them hours to respond to the win in Berkeley, where voters passed Measure D with 75 percent of the vote.
Hawaii: Maui County Voters OK Bill to Ban GMO Crops
Maui County residents narrowly voted to approve a bill that would ban the growing of genetically modified organisms on Maui, Molokai and Lanai, a move that would affect such large agribusiness companies as Monsanto Co. and Dow Chemical Co. subsidiary Dow AgroSciences.
The measure to ban GMO crops appeared to be defeated in early returns Tuesday night, but ended up passing with 23,082 voters, or 50 percent, voting "Yes," while 22,005 voters, or 48 percent, said "No" and 872 voters, or 2 percent, left their ballots blank.
Massachusetts Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Measure
Massachusetts recently became the third state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for workers, with voters decisively approving a sick-leave ballot initiative, 60 percent to 40 percent.
Under the measure known as Question 4, employers will have to provide their workers with one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours they work, to be capped at 40 hours of leave for the year, starting on July 15, 2015. Workers can use the time when they're ill, injured or need to tend to a medical condition, or when a spouse, child or parent needs to be cared for.
Oregon: Measure 92, GMO-Labeling Initiative, Fails Narrowly: Oregon Election Results 2014
Oregon's mandatory GMO-labeling initiative was voted down by a narrow margin Tuesday, capping the state's costliest ballot measure on record.
Measure 92 trailed by 1.2 percent, with fewer than 51 percent of voters in opposition.
By the time voting ended, the initiative had divided the Portland metro area. Multnomah County voters supported mandatory labeling, but Washington and Clackamas counties opposed it.
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