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ADA
ADA CHANGES ON HOLD PENDING REVIEW

A huge batch of potentially costly changes must wait for Obama team's review. ...[full story]

ADA ENFORCEMENT GETS TOUGH

A recent settlement lays out who's responsible for what....[full story]

ADA MEASUREMENTS GOT YOU DOWN (ON THE FLOOR)?
If you’ve ever spent hours of your life slogging through an Americans With Disabilities Act compliance survey... click here

DOJ SEEKS COMMENT ON ADA CHANGES

Here we go again. ...[full story]

NEW ADA GUIDELINES FINALLY RELEASED
Time flies when you’re having fun: Nearly five years after the Federal Register first posted proposed changes... click here

AHRAE
ASHRAE CONFERENCE TO DEBUT NEW REFRIGERATION HANDBOOK

New ideas, new technical guidelines top discussions at upcoming meeting. ...[full story]

ASHRAE, DOE PARTNER FOR GREENER BUILDINGS

Two groups with big clout decide to team up on this building-energy thing....[full story]

ASHRAE, IESNA TO SET NEW 'GREEN' STANDARDS
Being sloppy and sucking up the planet won't fly much longer....[full story]

ASHRAE UPDATES BUILDING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS

Looking to save energy in new stores you're planning? ...[full story]

ASHRAE UPDATES HVAC PRINCIPLES

The handbook is good. The new textbook is better. ...[full story]

ASTM
ASTM LOOKING FOR INPUT ON NEW TEST STANDARDS

Can’t say nobody ever asked you: ASTM is looking for advice on setting new or updated test standards for charbroilers, cold-food counters, combis, induction cooktops, hot-food holding cabinets, milk dispensers and ventless hoods. ...[full story]

ASTM RELEASES NEW TEST METHOD FOR GREASE FILTERS
Remember those old-school calculations of 90% efficiency? Turns out those were just the big pieces....[full story]

BIOFUELS
EPA MIGHT REDUCE BIO-FUELS MANDATE
With U.S. food prices climbing like Blue Angels in a fleur de lis, the government might be coming around on food-for-fuel market dynamics. ...[full story]

N.J. TOWN TO USE RESTAURANT GREASE AS BIOFUEL
Chitty, chitty, bada bing: Westwood hopes restaurants will donate waste to fuel its trucks. ...[full story]

NRA EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT BIOFUELS
First corn ethanol makes corn expensive. Then you're down to roots and berries. But those are gone too, because everyone's planting corn....[full story]

ENERGY
A/C EFFICIENCY STANDARDS TO LIMIT PATCHWORK REGS
In a win-win-win agreement, air conditioner manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates ...
click here

AHRI WORRIED NEW REFER LAWS WON'T BE ENFORCED

New refrigeration standards are nifty. Trouble is, there are no enforcement provisions. ...[full story]

CEC POSTS NEW LIGHTING CERTIFICATION INSTRUCTIONS

The California Energy Commission has posted its new lighting standards. ...[full story]

DATABASE MAKES IT EASY TO LOOK UP ENERGY REGS
Alaska to Wyoming, now you can look up state energy standards....[full story]

ENERGY-EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT PAYS IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
A new initiative from CEE is stimulating and expanding incentives from utilities all around the country....[full story]

ENERGY STAR DRAFTS CRITERIA FOR LED LIGHTING

Light Emitting Diodes, those extremely efficient light sources, might soon be getting even more so....[full story]

ENERGY STAR SEEKS INPUT—NOW
The EPA urgently needs your comments now on critical new test data requirements. ...[full story]

ENERGY STAR TIGHTENS CONTROLS

Suppliers who abused Energy Star's honor system have ruined it for the rest. Now the EPA is requiring more testing, more third-party involvement and more control across the board. ...[full story]

FED ENERGY EFFICIENCY TAX CREDITS KICK IN
Now, not only do you cut your operating costs—you get a tax break to do it!....[full story]

FLUSH WITH APPROVAL: EPA TO SET SPECS FOR HIGH-EFFICIENCY URINALS

Let's face it: Even the 1-gal. flush is more than needed. So the EPA's looking for input on lower limits. ...[full story]

IAPMO WANTS FEEDBACK ON GREEN CODES

Don’t let your chance to speak your mind get flushed. ...[full story]

IRS EXPLAINS ENERGY EFFICIENCY DEDUCTIONS
Passing a law is one thing. Letting you in on it is something else....[full story]

MARRIOTT, TRIPP'S GRILL AMONG 2006 ENERGY STAR WINNERS
A couple of operators were among this year's Energy Star award winners....[full story]

ONLINE CALCULATORS GIVE QUICK ENERGY ESTIMATES
Trying to put together some energy consumption estimates? Check out this Web site.... click here

PLUMBERS GROUPS CONNECT TO STUDY WATER-EFFICIENCY PROJECTS

With water at stake, who better to find solutions than plumbers? ...[full story]

SOCAL GAS FUELS SEMINAR SERIES
Food regulations, preventive maintenance, ventilation and energy management headline in the utility’s 2005 series.... click here

SOCAL CHARBROILERS OFF HOOK FOR NOW
The South Coast Air Quality Management District is giving up on under-fired charbroiler emissions--for the moment. ... click here

USGBC BOOSTS LEED STANDARDS 14%

Improvement of the breed: LEED...or get out of the way.....[full story]

WATER WORLD? NOT ANYMORE, REPORT SAYS
A report from the Pacific Institute measures just how much dirty hot water we’re in.... click here

EPA
COURT RULING COULD MEAN HIGHER ENERGY PRICES

Well, the first thing that happens is that permit procedures for dozens of new coal-fired electricity plants grind to a halt. Or go backward. ...[full story]

EPA DRAFTS HIGH-EFFICIENCY URINAL SPECS

With toilets already regulated, how far behind could urinals be? Not far, it turns out. ...[full story]

EPA MIGHT REDUCE BIO-FUELS MANDATE

With U.S. food prices climbing like Blue Angels in a fleur de lis, the government might be coming around on food-for-fuel market dynamics. ...[full story]

EPA OFFERS EXTENSION FOR OIL-SPILL REGS COMPLIANCE
Though some debate continues, the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan rule currently applies to foodservice as well as... click here

EPA TO UNVEIL DRAFT ENERGY STAR DISHWASHER SPECS
AT NRA SHOW MEETING

No more throwing away energy OR water. If you want to see what the Energy Star folks are proposing for warewashers, sign up for the meeting....[full story]

NEW HET TOILET LIST, WORLD TOILET ASSOCIATION DEBUT

Not so long ago, we'd have made a juvenile joke about toilet news. ...[full story]

FCC
FCC DELAYS IMPLEMENTING JUNK FAX LAW
Still faxing offers to people you don't know? You've got one more brief reprieve, at least from the Feds....[full story]

JUNK FAX LAW FINALLY KICKS IN

Not so fast with that fax, fella. The new law, after false starts, took effect Aug. 1....[full story]

NEW FAX LAW FACES CHALLENGE

A new FCC reg against promo faxing is set to kick in. But maybe it won’t.... click here

FDA
AFAQ AFNOR OFFERS ISO 22000 CERTIFICATION IN N.A.

Now food factories to retailers can be certified to the international standard right here in America....[full story]

CANADIANS, MARYLANDERS START TRANS FAT DIET

As of midnight New Year's Eve, the trans fat was in the fire in one Canadian province and one Maryland county. ...[full story]

EXPANSION OF FDA POWERS A STEP CLOSER TO REALITY

A Senate committee approves proposed legislation that would give FDA some more food-safety clout. ...[full story]

FDA 2005 MODEL FOOD CODE REVISES STANDARDS
Do your store managers know about major food allergens? They'll need to....[full story]

FDA CATCHES FLAK FOR VOLUNTARY PRODUCE GUIDELINES

Mandatory. Voluntary. Mandatory. Voluntary. What's an agency to do?....[full story]

FDA DECIDES OYSTER IS NOT ITS WORLD

Processed vs. raw oysters? FDA backpedals pending more info. ...[full story]

FDA NOW LOOKING AT SALT CONTROL

Processed foods and restaurant meals have us whacked out on salt. ...[full story]

FDA FOOD CODE MARCHES ON

But seven state codes still trace to the 1970s... click here

FDA OKAYS GERM WARFARE TO FIGHT FOODBORNE ILLNESS

Yes, it's cootie-to-cootie combat deep in the deli....[full story]

MORE INSPECTORS SAY YES TO GLOVES-OFF FOOD HANDLING

Gloves, no gloves, gloves. In some places, now, automated logging of employee washing might be good enough.... click here

NEW FDA MODEL FOOD CODE ON THE BOOKS

Forget those “Critical” and “Non-Critical” items you finally memorized. The terminologies, among other things, have changed. ...[full story]

NEW FOOD-SAFETY DEPUTY POST AT FDA

Food safety is a huge tangle between FDA and USDA. But maybe change is in the wind. ...
[full story]

OBAMA BUDGET BOOSTS FOOD-SAFETY EFFORTS

Dough rises for FDA efforts. ...[full story]

SALT COMES UNDER FIRE—AGAIN

A new report urges more than just voluntary cuts in sodium, but the FDA isn't ready to act. ...
[full story]

WANT A SQUEEZE OF GERMS—ER, LIME—WITH THAT?

Nothing dampens OUR party mood like Latex gloves on the bartender. But the new food code is pretty clear on bare-hand contact. ...[full story]

WHO'S ON WHICH FDA FOOD CODE?
Why did the turtles cross the road? Not all of them have crossed, actually, and of those that did, they crossed several different roads. It's all quite confusing....[full story]

FEDERAL REGULATIONS
GROUPS PITCH FED STANDARD FOR COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION
What happens when manufacturers and energy advocates sort out realistic goals.... [full story]

HOMELAND SECURITY OFFERS GUIDANCE ON ILLEGALS

That guy in the prep area, the one with the fake glasses and nose—what kind of trouble can he cause you? ...[full story]

OSHA RULES ON HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM EFFECTIVE SOON
If you're welding or grinding stainless, you might have a problem you didn't know about....[full story]

NEW OVERTIME REGS KICK IN NEXT WEEK
To exempt... or not to exempt? A new guide will help.... click here

NRA PUSHES PERMANENT TAX PROVISIONS

Association asks Congress to extend 15-year depreciation schedules for leasehold and restaurant improvements, and new construction. ...[full story]

RESTAURANT DEPRECIATION BILL MOVES FORWARD
The ridiculously long depreciation schedule may be on its way out.... click here

SENATE BILL COULD END CREDIT CARD LAWSUITS

Some FACTA-based lawsuits about printing credit-card data on receipts might soon be tossed out. ...[full story]

SENATE COMMITTEE PROPOSES EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 emerges from committee and would include money for equipment. ...[full story]

U.S. HOUSE COULD MAKE QUICKER DEPRECIATION PERMANENT

Hi, we're from the government. And this time we might actually give you a break. ...[full story]

FOG ORDINANCES
CULPEPER TO CHARGE FEES FOR NEW FOG LICENSES
Culpeper, Va., is raising money to fight FOG. ...[full story]

DES MOINES FOG ORDINANCE PROVING FOGGY
Okay, so if your café is going to cost $50,000, do you really need a $75,000 grease trap?....
[full story]

FOG CRACKDOWNS SPREADING
Some things just don't make people laugh anymore—Rodney King jokes and tasers come to mind—and you can put sewer overflows on that list too. ...[full story]

MORE TOWNS TRY TO CUT THROUGH FOG

Three more cities post new requirements. ...[full story]

TEASPOONS OF GREASE ADD UP TO FOG ORDINANCE
Enterprise, Ala., does the math on one teaspoon of grease per month times 10,000 customers. ...[full story]

THREE CITIES FEEL THEIR WAY THROUGH FOG ISSUE
El Paso, Texas; Tulsa, Okla.; and Millbrae, Calif. try to get a grip on a slippery issue with new initiatives....[full story]

FOOD LABELING
CONGRESS WORKS MENU LABELING INTO HEALTHCARE BILLS
Just when labeling was taking a clear shape, a whole ’nuther group throws ink in the water. ...
[full story]

FIRST TOAST, NOW CHICKEN IN LATEST CANCER SCARE
Well, as comedian Steve Martin might say, excu-u-u-se us for eating. ...[full story]

HEALTHCARE BILL MAKES MENU LABELING MANDATORY
A single national standard ends the patchwork. ...[full story]

HOUSTON’S FRANCHISEE WINS FIGHT AGAINST CALORIES
A rose by any other name, especially if you mix/match menu items, might get you under the multiunit radar for purposes of calorie-posting. ...[full story]

LAWMAKERS DEVISE RECIPE FOR ‘LEAN MEAL’. ...

Two proposed federal menu-labeling laws—LEAN and MEAL—get tossed together in the blender.  ...[full story]

MENU LABELING HITS DOWN UNDER
Australia takes a look at what the U.S. and U.K. are doing to educate consumers. ...[full story]

MENU LABELING, FAST-FOOD BANS NOT HELPING, STUDIES SAY
Surprise! Neither calorie labels nor bans on quick-service expansion are making any fat melt away. ...[full story]

NATIONAL LEAN LAW GAINING MOMENTUM...
The Labeling Education and Nutrition Act stalled in Congress last year but has fired up again ...
[full story]

...OPENING FLOODGATES TO MORE LEGISLATION?
With no federal standard, and New York City's law upheld, jurisdictions might as well go for it—willy nilly or not. ...[full story]

U.S. HOUSE PASSES FOOD LABELING UNIFORMITY ACT
The good news is uniformity, for a change. The bad news is loss of local control. Is this the sign of things to come?....[full story]

...WHILE CONGRESS DEBATES BEST ACRONYM

You can choose from LEAN and MEAL bills, but you can’t have a LEAN MEAL bill. Can we interest you in a FAT (Federal Anxiety Tax) bill? . ...[full story]

FOOD SAFETY
DHHS PUTS NEW FOOD-SAFETY SITE ON WEB

The Department of Health and Human Services puts up a one-stop Web shop for food-safety info. ...[full story]

FOOD SAFETY BILL SAFE, WITH CHANGES
Compromises calm all the groups that had issues with the proposed bill.  ...[full story]

FOOD-SAFETY BILL SIDETRACKED BY FINANCIAL REFORM

The Senate postpones action on the Food Safety and Modernization Act. ...[full story]

FOOD-SAFETY CONFERENCE NEARS

The Food Safety Education Conference comes to Atlanta March 23-26. Time to sign up. ...[full story]

HACCP TO HEADLINE IN ALL SCHOOL KITCHENS NEXT FALL
Got HACCP? That’s the question—and requirement—that Congress has put to the nation’s school foodservice departments.... click here

HOUSE BILL ON CHILD NUTRITION TARGETS FOOD SAFETY

Bill packs more money than Senate version but faces tough climate for passage. ...[full story]

NEW BILLS MEAN FEASTING ON SAFER FOOD

FEAST, you see, is a clever acronym, which is always a plus in Washington, D.C. ...[full story]

NEW FDA MODEL FOOD CODE ON THE BOOKS

Forget those “Critical” and “Non-Critical” items you finally memorized. The terminologies, among other things, have changed. ...[full story]

NRA WEB SITE LISTS LOCAL FOOD SAFETY TRAINING RULES

How many hours of instruction are required in Illinois? What certifications are mandatory in Montana? A single site tells you everything....[full story]

SURFING FOR FOOD SAFETY, PART 1
Your intrepid Fortnightly reporters come across a lot of food safety training Web sites. Here’s some.... click here

SURFING FOR FOOD SAFETY: PART 2
Waxing up your virtual surfboard in search of food safety sites... click here

UPDATE MARCH 29, 2010: MAID-RITE WINS ON FOOD SAFETY

At the last minute, Iowa's legislature refuses to allow a franchisee to use the old-fashioned cooking techniques that now don't meet code. ...[full story]

FTC
FTC REQUESTS KID MARKETING INFO

Marketing restraints that started in the U.K. may well be coming here....[full story]

FTC SUBPOENAS FOOD COMPANY MARKETING RECORDS

No more Mr. Nice Fed: As expected, what started as an informal query has become an official investigation....[full story]

INT'L. CODE COUNCIL
EECC '30% SOLUTION' FALLS SHORT, BUT EFFICIENCY CODES TIGHTEN
International Code Council voters pull up short of 30% efficiency improvements but figure 15% is reachable without galactic spasms. ...[full story]

ICC GAS-CODE CHANGE EXTENDS PERMIT TIME
Now, finally, there's a remedy for six-month permits issued on 12-month projects. ...[full story]

ICC HOLDING TOWN HALL MEETING ON JOINT CODES
The new proposed joint ICC-IAPMO plumbing and mechanical code will be the topic July 15—attend in person or by Webcast....[full story]

ICC, IAPMO CONSIDERING COMBINED CODES
It would be nice to settle on a single set of plumbing and mechanical codes. But which ones?....
[full story]

ICC/IAPMO TALKS TO COMBINE CODES FAIL
Finally, a unified mechanical code and plumbing code, we thought. But no. It all boiled down to "Who do you trust?"....[full story]

ICC LISTING PROGRAM GETS ANSI NOD

ANSI says ICC's program meets ISO/IEC 65 standards. Try saying THAT three times PDQ. ...
[full story]

ICC SETS UP GREEN BUILDING COMMITTEE

What's green, and what's sustainable? To help get it all organized, ICC is launching a group to define and get the word out. ...[full story]

ICC WANTS FEEDBACK AT CONFERENCE

Want some input on model codes that impact your operations? Don't say nobody invited you. ...
[full story]

ICC WRAPS UP LATEST CODE DEVELOPMENT CYCLE

Check out the latest changes from the Int'l. Code Council. ...[full story]

NEW GREASE-DUCT CODE SOON TO TAKE EFFECT

Take notes, folks: This one will impact a lot of people starting Jan. 1. ...[full story]

STRONG SHOWING NEEDED AT ICC CODE HEARINGS NEXT MONTH

Changes to questionable ventilation rules could save you a ton—IF operators show up to present their views. ...[full story]

INT'L. MECHANICAL CODE
ICC GROWS PLANS FOR CERTIFICATION OF GREEN-BUILDING OFFICIALS
If you're gonna grow green buildings, you need to grow knowledgeable green inspectors. ...[full story]

ICC MANDATES HOOD INTERLOCKS DESPITE FOODSERVICE PROTESTS
You win some; you lose some. This one will cost....[full story]

ICC OFFERS TELEPHONE SEMINAR SERIES ON CODES
Stumped on the 2006 International Codes? Let your fingers do the walking....[full story]

URGENT: PUBLIC COMMENT BY JUNE 16, 2005
How about a costly new requirement, with no public or private benefit, based on erroneous assumptions? This idea's as bad as they get...[full story]

ISO
FINAL DRAFT OF ISO SAFETY STANDARD IN REVIEW
ISO is hoping to make your job—serving safe food—a little easier....[full story]

LABOR LAWS
CORNELL MAKES SENSE OF WAGE-AND-HOUR LAWS
With labor and wage standards varying all over the place, how can you keep them all straight? Cornell has something for you. ...[full story]

DON'T MESS WITH NEW CHILD LABOR RULES
Wal-Mart recently forked over more than $134,000 in fines in three states— so be forwarned....
[full story]

HOMELAND SECURITY OFFERS GUIDANCE ON ILLEGALS

That guy in the prep area, the one with the fake glasses and nose—what kind of trouble can he cause you? ...[full story]

MISC.
A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT REPORTS
FER to host new MUFES for noncommercial operators June 2011. ...[full story]

APPEALS COURT LETS NYC'S CALORIE-POSTING LAW STAND
After about a half-dozen rounds of legal scuffling, the Big Apple's law is upheld. ...[full story]

BK SWAPS APPLES FOR FRIES, JOINS KIDS AD INITIATIVE
Another entry in the race to see whether the FTC or food companies themselves regulate their advertising to children. ...[full story]

CALORIE-COUNTERS CONTINUE TO CHASE CHAINS
You might as well start assembling your menu's nutritional data now. The writing, so to speak, is on the wall. ...[full story]

CHAINS PUSH BACK AGAINST CALORIE-POSTING LAWS
Okay, so what if we offer that menu item at only 19 locations? ...[full story]

COMMENT PERIOD ON SMART IRRIGATION NOW OPEN

Have ideas for how irrigation control should be done? Speak now or forever shut your spigot. ...
[full story]

DOUGHNUTS, COFFEE DRIVING DRIVE-THROUGH ANGST
Is that a smile, or are you clenching your teeth? An awful lot of drivers in search of their caffeine are causing traffic concerns. ...[full story]

DRIVE-THROUGHS GOING THE WAY OF DRIVE-INS?
What's all this fuss about traffic jams?....[full story]

DROUGHT TRIGGERS WATER RESTRICTIONS AROUND UNITED STATES

From Atlanta to Los Angeles, it's getting harder to stick your head in the sand. Or maybe easier. ...[full story]

FEDS SHUTTER WHALE-MEAT SUSHI STORE

It took some Oscar winners to crack the case of the mystery meat at a restaurant called Hump. ...[full story]

FOOD COMPANIES GO ON JUNK FOOD AD DIET

McDonald's joins 10 food companies in restricting advertising certain foods to children....[full story]

FORGET TRANS FAT; CALORIES ARE THE NEW TOBACCO

Calories aren't inherently bad. They're just bad when they're piled up on your skeleton. But a lot of places want warning signs everywhere about them.. ...[full story]

GGRA PETITIONS U.S. SUPREME COURT

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Restaurant Association isn’t rolling over on the city’s mandatory healthcare plan. ...[full story]

GROUP DEFINES GREEN SPECS FOR DISPOSABLES

How green is green? Right here’s your green. ...[full story]

HONEY-SAN, I SHRUNK THE FOOD WASTE
Q: What’s shaped like a tiny Japanese washing machine and uses microwave energy to zap food waste into a lighter, more compact form?... click here

IMC ’06 TO REFLECT ASHRAE 154
Good news for all you folks working with kitchen ventilation. ... click here

KANSAS RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS NOW ONLINE
Yes, the Jayhawk State jumps on the online haywagon....[full story]

MERCURY REDUCTION LAWS SLIP INTO EFFECT
Remember playing with those little mercury beads when you were a kid? Think how smart you'd be now if you hadn't touched them....[full story]

MORE STATES ADOPTING EU-TYPE ROHS LAWS

Eight states now are saying no to electronics made of scary mercury and other hazardous elements. ...[full story]

NRA CONVENES ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Operators converge on D.C. to push for critical legislative issues. ...[full story]

NRA LAUNCHES HEALTHCARE ALLIANCE
The association teams up with UnitedHealthCare to offer members coverage and access. ...
[full story]

NRA NAMES NEW LOBBYING CHIEF

Longtime lobbyist Scott DeFife arrives from the securities industry. ...[full story]

NRA OFFERS HEALTHCARE WEBINAR

Get some pointers in figuring out how the new healthcare bill will affect your business. ...[full story

NSF PARTNERS WITH MET LABS

The goal is quicker, more efficient testing services. ...[full story]

NSF REWRITES FOOD-SHIELD STANDARDS

Okay, it’s not exactly as dramatic as blood-spatter patterns on television’s CSI, but it’s pretty
dramatic. ...[full story]

SMALLER DISPOSER DRAINS OKAY UNDER CODE CHANGE

With some smaller ops now required to install disposers they never needed before, it was time to revisit drain requirements. ...[full story]

STARBUCKS OPTS FOR LOCAL LAWS ON HANDGUNS

Armed with only coffee equipment, Starbucks stays out of the legal gunfight over Second Amendment topics. ...[full story]

TOUGHER RULES ON SIGNS A SIGN OF THE TIMES?

In some areas, attention-grabbing signage is grabbing the attention of local regulators. ...[full story]

WALK THROUGH THE REGULATED RESTAURANT

NRA's Web site gives a virtual view of the rules and regs looming over any operation. ...[full story]

NATIONAL FUEL GAS CODE
NO MORE RESIDENTIAL GAS CONNECTORS, NEW NFGC SAYS
I don't smell anything. Do you smell anything?....[full story]

NFPA
COMMENTS SOUGHT FOR PROPOSED NFPA 96 CHANGE
Now's your chance to sound off about when you should be required to use an exhaust system for cooking....[full story]

NSF
NSF/ANSI 18 CHANGES ANNOUNCED
Attention, makers of manual food and beverage dispensing equipment... click here

NSF OK'D TO REGISTER FOOD-SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

NSF Gets ISO 22000 Accreditation Power. ...[full story]

NSF LISTS FOOD-SAFE COMPOUNDS ONLINE
Have you ever had to prove to health inspectors the food safety-ness of vegetable wash products or hand sanitizers?... click here

NSF OFFERS TRAINING COURSE ON RESTAURANT PLAN REVIEW
NSF has debuted a training course on Restaurant Plan Review.... click here

NSF TO VERIFY ENERGY STAR CLAIMS FOR REFRIGERATION
It's a package deal as NSF bundles energy and sanitation testing. ...[full story]

REVISED NSF/ANSI STANDARDS 6, 8 USE NEW TEST METHODS
Membrane filtration tests allow an actual microbial head count. Well, maybe not exactly heads....[full story]

NUTRITION
COMPANIES PULL SOFT DRINKS FROM ALL U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Nine months after voluntarily yanking sugary sodas from elementary schools, fizzy makers take 'em out of high schools too....[full story]

FOUR STATES AND D.C. MULL MENU NUTRITION LABELS
Does this plate make me look fat?... click here

HOUSE BILL ON CHILD NUTRITION TARGETS FOOD SAFETY

Bill packs more money than Senate version but faces tough climate for passage. ...[full story]

MENU LABELING LEGISLATION UPDATE
If at first you don't succeed—Five of12 state labeling bills in the current crop have been down this path before.... click here

NUTRITION LABELS STIFLE COMPETITION

Talk about good intentions going bad. It turns out that bigger companies are better at labeling, too....[full story]

OBESITY LAWSUITS
FEDERAL OBESITY-LAWSUIT BILL MOVES FORWARD
Obesity suits will have fat chance in U.S. Congress. ... [full story]

HIGH SCHOOL SODA VENDING MACHINES COMES UNDER FIRE
This time the food police are raising their teargas guns and riot shields to push back soft drinks and sports beverages....[full story]

U.S. HOUSE PASSES "PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY" BILL
This one wouldn't help you with ADA accessibility, but if the Senate signs off, at least you couldn't be sued for causing obesity. Can we say obesity any more?....[full story]

SMOKING REGULATIONS
COMPETING SMOKING BANS BATTLE ON ARIZONA BALLOT
Call it a Battle Of The Bans. Or, maybe a Shootout At The Not OK Corral. Or, no, wait....[full story]

FORGET TRANS FAT, CALORIES; TOBACCO IS STILL TOBACCO
Smoking bans aren't the trendy topic they once were. But they're still spreading like a brushfire. ...[full story]

FRENCH FACE POSSIBILITY OF QUITTING COLD TURKEY
A Frenchman without a Gauloise? When donkeys fly....[full story]

LORD OF THE (SMOKE) RINGS TRILOGY:
PT. I: CHICAGO SNUFFS PUBLIC SMOKING, WITH IMPORTANT EXCEPTION
Cold times ahead for Chicago smokers, with a few exceptions....[full story]

PT. II: AND YOUR LITTLE DOG, TOO
It's a bit like an Oz dream. Click your heels together all you want. Kansas might soon ban smoking. But its cities are free to go every which way....
[full story]

PT. III: WESTIN JUMPS ON SMOKING BAN WAGON
Yes, go Westin, young man. Just don't bring your cigarettes....[full story]

LOUISIANA SENATE OKAYS SMOKING BAN; NEW JERSEY SCRAPS '25-FOOT' RULE
For a minute there, we tried to picture Bourbon Street without cigs. And we couldn't....[full story]

MORE LOCALITIES BLOWING SMOKE OVER SMOKING

Smokers don't seem to have the lung power to shout down regulators. ...[full story]

MORE SMOKING BANS IN THE WORKS

Let's face it. Smoking's done. Stick a fork in it....[full story]

RESTAURANT TAKES ON FLORIDA SMOKING BAN

After you think about this one for a minute, you'll be surprised the angle hasn't come up before.... [full story]

SMOKERS ON THE RUN, HITHER AND YON

"Smack That Smoker Silly" is now even more popular than"American Idol."....[full story]

SMOKERS WIN IN TOBACCO COUNTRY, LOSE ELSEWHERE

Tobacco's goose is cooked, it's up in smoke, it's kaput, stick a fork in it—except where jobs are at stake....[full story]

SMOKING BAN ROUND-UP: FOUR STATES STILL STRUGGLE
Live by the word, die by the word. States in a hurry have written some pretty leaky laws....[full story]

SMOKING BANS: CONFUSION; EXTENSION; TOOTHLESSNESS?
Among countless anti-smoking actions around the country, here's a Whitman's Sampler of three that are kinda nutty....[full story]

WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY SMOKING?

This isn't even a foodservice story, unless cannabis could be considered a salad item, but, uh, what were we saying? ...[full story]

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERE’S IRE—OR NOT

In at least three states, anti-smoking rules recently have gone down in ... flames.... click here

WHERE THERE'S SMOKE, THERE'S LAWYERS
Frankly, news about smoking debates has gotten out of hand. But we had to do a brief roundup....[full story]

TRANS FATS
'GOVERNATOR' SIGNS TRANS-FAT BAN

California's the first with a state-wide ban. ...[full story]

STEAK 'N SHAKE, STARWOOD, ARBY'S, EVEN CANADA GET PHAT GOING TRANS FAT-FREE

Add trans fats to that list along with the dodo, the Hindenburg, the Edsel and what else? ....[full story]

TRANS FAT DEBATE STILL A WEIGHTY ISSUE IN MANY LOCALES

This trans fat business flared up like grease hitting an open flame. Here's an update on cities, states and counties taking action Plus a Web site to watch....[full story]

TRANS FAT OUT, OFF TABLE AND DISMISSED

More news on trans fat, which is about as popular as Michael Moore at a Republican convention these days....[full story]

FAT FIGHT TRANSFORMING LEGISLATIVE LANDSCAPE

The groundswell against swelling waistlines and heart troubles has translated into an all-out assault on trans fats. Not just hither, but yon, and beyond....[full story]

TRANS FAT THE NEW TOBACCO; MORE LAWS IN WORKS
With cigarettes and trans fats out, pretty soon we could start the jumping jacks....[full story]

UL
UL TO UPDATE FIRE EXTINGUISHER TEST STANDARD
"Hot" news: The Northbrook, Ill., testing organization has proposed updates to UL 300.... click here

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
JUNK FOOD IN SCHOOLS BLOWN INTO FEDERAL CASE
Drop the Snickers and step back slowly. The right to bear cheese-puffs in school has now become a federal issue....[full story]

SCHOOLS CAN GET KITCHEN-EQUIPMENT GRANTS FROM USDA

If your school didn't get help from last year's program, you might have a shot this time around. ...
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SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICY COULD SPREAD ‘NO-FRY’ ZONES

Federal pressure on school nutrition may put heat on fried foods, which might splash back on fryers.... click here

WATER REGULATIONS
WATER STARTING TO GET ATTENTION OF CONGRESS
Water used to be, well, common as water. Now suddenly there’s a flood of legislative interest. ...
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