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October 17, 2006

Economic Report:
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FER Magazine Forecasts E&S Manufacturer Sales To Grow 5.7% In 2007
Purchasing Magazine Says Materials Prices Are Rising Again; AutoQuotes Says So Are E&S Prices
NRA's Performance Index Declines, But Hope Peeks From Edges
Macroeconomic Indicators Look Up, Slightly

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Scotsman/Enodis Facility Earns IndustryWeek Top 10 Plant Award
FCSI Honors 10 New Innovative Products
Five Food Firms Agree To Healthier School Snacks
Company Helps Consumers Find Restaurant Inspection Scores Online
Foodborne Illnesses Decline Despite E. Coli Outbreak

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In This Section:
California Ends Meat Recall Secrecy Agreement
Camden, Lawrence Rethinking Restaurant Curfews
More Smoking Bans In The Works
Sacrebleu! French PM To Decree Ban On Public Smoking
AFAQ AFNOR Offers ISO 22000 Certification In U.S.

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Regulatory Report Sponsored by Franke Foodservice Systems

California Ends Meat Recall Secrecy Agreement
A new law in California requires processors and distributors to notify retail and restaurant customers of any voluntary recalls of meat and poultry products and provide a list of those customers to health officials. The law also allows health officials to tell the public the names of any customers who continue to sell the product.

In 2002, the state's Department of Health Services signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to shield the names of restaurants and retailers who continued to sell meat and poultry products involved in voluntary recalls. The new law, recently signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, puts the decision to buy potentially tainted product back into the hands of consumers, giving them more protection from contaminated food.

If you participate in the recall, however, and refuse shipments of recalled product and don't sell or serve it, you can have the name of your operation excluded from the list and public notification.


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Camden, Lawrence Rethinking Restaurant Curfews
Late-night operators in Camden, N.J., and Lawrence, Mass., might want to keep their eyes on changes coming in local curfew enforcement.

Camden's city council has passed an ordinance barring foodservice vendors from staying open past 1 a.m. on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends. But the city attorney said the new rule won't be enforced unless and until a state Superior Court rules it constitutional.

Passed in reaction to the shooting death of an 18-year-old girl, the ordinance has been challenged by the owner of a local sandwich shop. As written, the ordinance would affect fast food restaurants, c-stores and gas stations serving food along with street vendors. The reg doesn't distinguish between operators who stay open late and those who open early. A trial is schedule for early February.

Lawrence, Mass., 10 years ago imposed a curfew on children 16 and younger, banning them from city streets between midnight and 5 a.m. But now the town's police chief says the ordinance ought to be scrapped, citing statistics that indicate few crimes committed during curfew hours involve kids younger than 18. Instead, the chief is proposing that the Licensing Board consider an ordinance that would require bars and restaurants to clear their establishments of people under 21 by 11 p.m. The board will take it up next month.

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More Smoking Bans In The Works
Though several countries around the world have declared themselves non-smoking, anti-smoking legislation here is still a patchwork of state, county and local ordinances.

In Louisville, Ky., the city's Metro Council on Thursday passed a new, more comprehensive smoking ban that includes restaurants, bars and virtually every building other than private homes. The only exemptions: Churchill Downs and a tobacco-products manufacturing plant. The bill is expected to be signed by Louisville Mayor Matt Kamer and will become effective July 1, 2007.

Part of Chicago's sprawling northwestern metroscape, Mt. Prospect, Ill., is the latest suburb to put the smoking issue to a debate in city council. The board of trustees opened up discussion of a proposed ordinance to the public at a meeting late last month, and now it will create another draft with the input. The board favors banning smoking in as many public places as possible, but the draft still calls for an exemption in bars and restaurants with separate smoking areas. (Just two weeks ago, FN reported nearby Naperville considering a similar measure.)

All of which might soon be moot. A recent poll commissioned by Copley New Service indicated more than half of Illinois voters now favor a statewide smoking ban that would include bars and restaurants as well as other public facilities. To date, more than two dozen jurisdictions ban smoking in public places.

Meanwhile, closer to the heart of the tobacco business, in West Virginia the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is considering revising the local smoking ordinance. The county, which includes Charleston, wants to phase out smoking in public places entirely. Presently, restaurant bars or bars with less than 20% of sales from food can allow smoking in areas separate from the dining room. Nearby Putnam County recently phased out smoking in restaurants and bars.

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Sacrebleu! French PM To Decree Ban On Public Smoking
Yes, we know the French don't really say sacrebleu much anymore. And soon they might not be smoking in public, either.

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said early this month that he intends to soon issue a government decree, rather than bring the issue to Parliament, to ban smoking in all public places.

The smoking ban, if enacted, would take effect Feb. 1, 2007, and would initially affect schools, train stations, airports, offices, public buildings and other enclosed public spaces. Smoking would be prohibited in restaurants, bars and clubs beginning in January '08.

Smokers who violate the new law will face fines of up to an equivalent of $95. Businesses that allow smokers to light up would face fines up to twice that. De Villepin said a "sizeable inspection team" will be mobilized to enforce the ban. The state-operated healthcare system will pick up some of the costs of treatment for smokers who want to quit.

The planned decree arises in the wake of the French Parliament's failure last year to come to agreement on a similar ban.

France's last surviving Gauloise cigarette factory closed about a year ago. Times change.

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AFAQ AFNOR Offers ISO 22000 Certification In U.S.
The France-based AFAQ AFNOR International now offers ISO 22000 certification in the United States through its North American partner, QMI Management Systems Registration. ISO 22000 is the new food safety operations standard for food manufacturing facilities.

ISO 22000 applies to every stage of the food supply chain, from producers to retailers and from family-run businesses to large industrial interests. The certification helps manufacturers meet U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration requirements by combining Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point program principles and supply traceability to effectively manage food safety risks. The standard is compatible with ISO 9001 and all other existing certification.

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