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FDA Releases STF Implementation Update

On April 20, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update on its implementation progress related to the Sanitary Transportation of Food regulations. In the update, FDA states that it is in the process of preparing investigators for the work ahead and developing a free training module for carriers. Below are bullet points outlining FDA’s current status and outlook for inspections and carrier training: Continue reading

EPA Moves to Further Delay RMP Rule

On March 29, 2017, The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule to further delay the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule that was finalized at the end of the Obama Administration.  The proposed rule postpones the effective date until February 19, 2019. This action will allow EPA to consider several petitions for reconsideration of the RMP rule amendments and take further regulatory action. EPA will hold a public hearing on April 19th regarding the proposed new effective date.  GCCA is planning to participate in the public hearing to express support for the delay and highlight concerns with the RMP Final Rule as it is currently drafted.

Company Input Needed on PHIS Export Module Implementation

The Public Health Inspection System (PHIS) Export Module (electronic export certificate) has been in a lengthy process of development. Once implemented, the module will give exporters the ability to use a Web-based entry application to obtain a Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Export Certificate (9060-5), or companies may choose to use a company-computer-to-FSIS-computer application to generate the certificate. Continue reading

EPA Issues 90-Day Delay of RMP Rule Effective Date

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt has signed a 90 day delay of the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule effective date. This is an important step for the new Trump Administration’s EPA to review the Final Rule and determine any future actions. The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) supports the delay and is part of the RMP Coalition that submitted the petition referenced in the EPA order linked hereContinue reading

Action Alert – Pennsylvania Sales Tax Proposal

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s recent budget proposal for 2017-2018 includes a provision to remove the sales and use tax exemption for commercial storage. This would place the six-percent sales and use tax on the temperature-controlled warehousing industry’s activities. The Governor’s proposal does exclude farm products from the tax, but all other products would be covered by the tax. Governor Wolf’s budget can be found here, and the language related to the sales and use tax is on pages C1-6 and C1-15. Continue reading

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