Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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November 1, 2005

Economic Report:
Sponsored by:
Atlas Metal Industries., Inc.

Technomic Forecasts Moderating Operator Sales Growth In 2006
Businesses Find It Easier To Raise Prices
Michigan's Consumer Sentiment Index Hits 13-Year Low
But Wall Street Rallies On Higher Than Expected GDP Growth

Industry Report:
Sponsored by:
MUFES '06,
Feb. 11-13, 2006

Win-Holt Buys Texas Custom Metal Works
Hoshizaki America To Buy Lancer Corp.
Johnson, Torné Named To FCSI Council Of Fellows
Foodie Connection: A Dining Guide For You, By You
Parents Responsible For Overweight Kids, But Restaurants Not Helping
Study Shows Bigger Portions Lead To Obesity — Duh!

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In This Section:

Don't Mess With New Child Labor Rules
No More Residential Gas Connectors, New NFGC Says
Coke Working To Meet Kyoto Standards
Database Makes It Easy To Look Up Energy Regs
U.S. House Passes 'Personal Responsibility' Bill

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: Atlas Metal Industries Inc. |  Industry ReportSponsor: MUFES '06, Feb. 11-13, 2006
Regulatory Report Sponsored by APW Wyott Innovations

Don't Mess With New Child Labor Rules
The Department of Labor changed some of the child labor rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act late last year, and failure to get in line could cost you up to $11,000 for each violation. Wal-Mart recently forked over more than $134,000 in fines in three states—so be forewarned.

Changes in foodservice rules were notable. Workers 14 and 15 years old now can cook only on electric or gas appliances without an open flame and deep fat fryers that have automatic basket lifts. Strictly verboten for these young workers are pressure fryers, pressure cookers, certain broilers and rotisseries. Under previous rules, they could perform light cooking on most equipment as long as it was "in plain view" of customers.

Younger employees also can only clean non-power-driven equipment and change fryer oil if equipment surfaces or oil is 100°F or less. Oh, and forget about sending them up to the roof to check on your remote compressors. Sounds like a no-brainer, but those fines can hurt if you don't stick to the rules. You can find out more by going to several pages at the Department of Labor's Web site, including


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No More Residential Gas Connectors, New NFGC Says
From now on, you may be required to spec commercial grade flexible connectors with all movable gas appliances—which you should have been doing anyway.

The 2006 edition of the National Fuel Gas Code (ANSI Z223.1/NFPA 54) now requires a commercial grade, flexible connector on all foodservice installations of gas cooking appliances "that are moved for cleaning and sanitation purposes."

The change in the NFGC brings it into agreement with the ANSI Z21.69/CSA 6.16 standard, which details test and examination criteria for flexible tubing connectors supplying gas to appliances mounted on casters or otherwise subject to movement.

As with any model code, adoption by local jurisdictions will take time. But look for this change to start showing up in the field soon.

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Coke Working To Meet Kyoto Standards
Things go better with Coke, but not HFCs. In a move to meet standards set by the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty to reduce greenhouse effects in the atmosphere, Coca-Cola Japan Co. has announced all of its vending machines in Japan will be HFC-free by 2020.

HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) replaced CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) in refrigeration equipment some years back when it was discovered that CFCs were destroying the ozone layer. HFCs, unfortunately, are contributing to the greenhouse effect and global warming.

Coca-Cola has been working with suppliers for years on HFC-free vending machines that use carbon dioxide, thousands of times less damaging than HFCs, as a refrigerant. New designs are now more cost-efficient, and the company expects mass-production by 2008. More than 1,500 of the new vending machines will be in the field in Japan by the end of the year.

The United States and Australia are the two primary holdouts on the treaty, which became effective last year.

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Database Makes It Easy To Look Up Energy Regs
Confused about new energy efficiency regulations? Don't know which of your stores have to conform or use energy-efficient devices? The Alliance to Save Energy now has a comprehensive online database of state energy efficiency laws.

The database is divided into eight different areas so you can search by policy issue. You can find the reg you're looking for with a search by state or policy issue. Information is indexed into appliance standards, building codes, greenhouse gas emission cap and trade programs, energy efficiency funds, public benefits funds, tax incentives, transportation initiatives, and other legislation.

To use the database, go to

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U.S. House Passes 'Personal Responsibility' Bill
This one won't directly affect your facilities or operations, but it's worth a note: The U.S. House has passed a bill that would prevent consumers from filing frivolous obesity-related lawsuits against food companies, including foodservice. Sponsored by Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL), the "Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act" passed with a bipartisan vote of 307-119.

Surveys show that the majority of Americans believe the food industry is not to blame for obesity. The legislation blocks consumers and attorneys from holding restaurants and food processors responsible for weight gain or obesity-related issues. It doesn't shield companies who violate the law or sell adulterated food.

The bill still has to be passed by the Senate before becoming law.

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