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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

Government of Canada Proposes New Rules to Strengthen Food Safety

The following article was originally published in a news release by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Click here to read the full release.

Today, the Government of Canada launched a public consultation on new rules to strengthen food safety. The proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations would better protect Canadian families by putting a greater emphasis on preventing food safety risks for all foods imported into Canada or sold across provinces. The regulations would also apply to foods prepared for export. Continue reading

Trump Signs Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

On January 30, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” The action addresses a promise he made on the campaign trail to curtail the impact of federal regulations. The Executive Order institutes a policy that for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations must be identified for elimination. The order also calls for the reduction in costs of regulations and places a cap of zero dollars on new regulations for the remainder of fiscal year 2017. Any new incremental costs associated with new regulations in 2017 must be offset with the elimination of existing regulatory costs. Beginning in fiscal year 2018, each agency will be given a set budget for regulatory expenses. Agencies will be required to identify budget offsets for any regulation that is estimated to have increased costs in that fiscal year. The White House Office of Management and Budget will provide additional guidance to agencies on how to comply with the new policies.

Trump’s actions signal a significant shift in the regulatory climate. Rules initiated by the Obama Administration, but not completed, such as proposed changes to OSHA’s Process Safety Management program are unlikely to advance under the new system. GCCA will continue to actively engage with agencies and the Trump Administration and keep members updated on new developments. A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.

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