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National Conference of State Legislatures

State legislative season underway with food bills on the table

At least 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, are already open for new legislative business. Most others will join the legislative season by next month. They are essential to food safety if for no other reason than state legislatures provide all or partial funding for many of the nation’s nearly 3,000… Continue Reading

Half the States Have Joined the ‘Powdered Alcohol Prohibition’

The “powdered alcohol prohibition” rose up quickly. Before 2014, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), just two states had existing statutes that would affect the sale of powdered alcohol products. Alaska had a law banning the sale of any powdered form of alcohol which contained more than 76 percent alcohol by volume. And… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Unexpected Food Safety Problem

Opinion

The Controlled Substances Act, which is not being enforced in states with recreational and medical marijuana, should be amended by Congress to explicitly allow any state marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference. That polite “butt out” request was made to the federal government last week in Seattle by the National Conference of State Legislatures… Continue Reading

Food Safety Legislation Continues Brisk Pace Set Last Year

Texas will likely find out today if the third time is the charm for Republican state Rep. Dan Flynn’s (no relation) bill to allow raw milk to be sold at farmer’s markets and directly to consumers in their homes. The bill is scheduled to be heard this morning in the Public Health Committee, where a… Continue Reading

Food Safety Not a Likely Hot Topic for 2015 Legislatures

Is it possible that enough cottage food bills got passed to carry the economy through to recovery, that most folks are happy with their raw-milk laws, and that the once-heralded “food freedom” movement never got out of a few towns in Maine (whose names no one can remember now)? State legislatures in California, Montana, Wisconsin,… Continue Reading

Looking Ahead to 2014: State Budget Growth Might Finally Restore Some Local Health Department Jobs

In 2014, we’ll hear precious little about food safety from the federal government that will truly be new. For sure the White House has decisions to make on everything from poultry inspections to whom to nominate as the next Under Secretary for Food Safety. Congress, paid to make decisions it rarely seems to get around… Continue Reading