MWFPA Convention Fast Approaching – Booths, Sponsorships Still Available

It’s hard to believe but we are seven weeks away from the Midwest Food Products Association annual convention which is taking place November 28 -30, 2017 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.  This year we are expecting over 900 people to attend the event, 150 exhibitors, several breakout sessions, two receptions, a silent auction and a casino night.

Registrations are coming in steadily and there are a few exhibit booths still available. Sponsorships are available too!

To see a list of sponsorship opportunities, go to the convention website at https://www.foodproductsconvention.org/sponsors.   Sponsor an event or become a general sponsor.  Your company logo will be on our convention web site and in the bi-monthly MWFPA Bulletin which goes out to over 2000 people around the nation and even the world.  Your company name and logo will also be featured on signage around the convention site. Your company gets a lot of exposure at a reasonable price.

Become a sponsor today and see you in Rochester!

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OIG Report Suggests Improvements To FSMA Enforcement

A report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fails to adequately conduct or follow up on food-safety inspections required by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). OIG reportedly found that while FDA is “on track” to meet inspection timeframes for the initial mandate, future inspection timeframes are two years shorter and FDA may not be able to meet them.

The report also stated that FDA did not always take action when it found significant safety violations and that the agency “commonly relied on facilities to voluntarily correct the violations” instead of taking advantage of FSMA administrative tools. FDA “consistently failed to conduct timely followup inspections” to ensure facilities made the necessary corrections, the report noted. In addition, “inaccuracies” in domestic facility data caused FDA to attempt inspections at the facilities of closed companies. According to the OIG report, FDA concurred with the recommendations to improve inspections and follow-up procedures.

FDA Extends Nutrition Facts Deadline

The FDA has announced a delay in the implementation date for the new Nutrition Facts panel, from July 26, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2020, for food processors with $10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in sales have an extra year to comply — until Jan. 1, 2021.  Read more from Food Processing here and read the FDA’s constituent update here.

MWFPA Clay Shoot Just Two Days Away!

MWFPA’s annual sporting clays challenge is just 2 days away set to take place on October 5th.

Register online now for this exciting and worthwhile networking event at the Milford Hills Hunt Club in Johnson Creek, WI. Experienced AND novice shooters welcome.

Whether you are a life-long firearms enthusiast or a newcomer to the shooting sports, this event will provide you and your guests with a safe and thrilling day in a beautiful and relaxed setting. Get set to enjoy a day of networking. Bring your customers or reward a staff member for a job well done.

Click here to view the event brochure and a hard copy registration form.

 Last year’s event raised $6,000 enabling us to provide $16,000 in scholarships to the children of MWFPA members pursuing a post-secondary education.
See you there!

Coalition of 46 Employer Associations Support Worker’s Compensation Medical Cost Containment

A coalition of forty-six employer associations, including MWFPA, has formed to encourage lawmakers to support a bill reforming Wisconsin’s worker’s compensation laws.

The bill comes from the WI Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) and includes the creation of a medical fee schedule – similar to that of forty-four other states – to finally reduce Wisconsin’s worker’s compensation medical costs.

Read more here.

IL Agri-Women To Host Personal Development Day

Illinois Agri-Women, an organization of farm and agri-business women promoting a better understanding of agriculture and the family farm system, will be hosting a personal development day on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at The City Center, 505 S. Chestnut St. in Champaign, IL.

Attendees will hear from Theresa Rose, renowned author of “Your Daily Mojo” as well as an energizing catalyst who transforms cultures and mindsets. Be refreshed and renewed for your future and your career. Meet and greet other professional women in agriculture.  For more information regarding this event, click here.