Address Change Info
The National Watermelon Association this past summer found it necessary to relocate the office to a new
location. Our previous landlord lost possession of the
building, thus voiding our lease.
We are very pleased to report that our new location
will be a long term arrangement with the new landlord.
The telephone number, fax number, email addresses
and website will all REMAIN THE SAME.
The changes are limited to:
190 Fitzgerald Road
Please take note of the NEW mailing address and Suite
#, and make the adjustment in your records, please.
Thank you so much.
Please make a note of our
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The FDA also is proposing,
based on feedback received
to date, a new definition
of which farms would be
subject to the produce-safety rule. The proposed
rule would not apply to
farms with $25,000 or less
in produce sales, rather
than setting the threshold
based on sales of all foods
produced on the farm. The
updated proposed rules also
propose to simplify which
entities are covered by the
produce safety rule and
which would be covered
by the preventive controls
Revisions to the foreign-supplier verification proposed rule give importers
more flexibility to determine appropriate supplier
verification measures based
on risk and previous experience with their suppliers.
The FDA will accept comments on the proposed revisions of the four proposed
rules for 75 days while
continuing to review comments already received on
the sections of the proposed
rules that are staying the
same. The agency will consider both sets of comments
before issuing final rules in
without nutrition labels
Some people spend their time being concerned and
working against the ever-encroaching federal government getting its nose into every aspect of modern life.
Some days it’s pretty hard to argue with that notion.
Watermelons seem to not be an exception. The federal
government is concerned because watermelons don’t
come with nutrition labels and are working on rules
that would correct this oversight.
It is only ‘sliced’ watermelons that are currently being
considered as a result of a provision in the Affordable
Care Act, which stipulates that as soon as a watermelon
is sliced open, it becomes a potential restaurant serving
and must be labeled with calorie information.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working on a rule to implement this provision, according to
information harvested by the Food Marketing Institute
Besides watermelons bound for restaurants, watermelons displayed in supermarkets may also need labels,
as the act of slicing them open makes them “food on
display,” which would require calorie information
“directly affixed to or adjacent to the item, not just on a
menu or menu board, which is the required method for
restaurant food,” as FMI puts it.
Jennifer Hatcher, who is FMI’s Senior Vice President,
Government and Public Affairs and a self-described
watermelon fan, says that leaving watermelons unmolested doesn’t do the trick either.
“The first thing a grocery store produce manager does
to expose his customers to the two best attributes of
that watermelon – color and smell – is to cut it open,”
she notes, a practice that would be imperiled by the
“Both our senses and the way food retailers do business are being threatened,” Hatcher laments. And, just
like those obsessed with ongoing federal power grabs,
she warns that government’s overreach won’t stop
with watermelons. Birthday cakes displayed in bakery
departments and olives left exposed in olive bars could
be next, she warns.
As of this writing, FDA’s Mike Taylor has not responded to the NWA’s inquiry about the rule. More to come
once he does.
FDA opens registration
period for food facilities
Food facilities that are required to register with FDA
must renew their registration this year. The renewal
period starts Oct. 1 and ends Dec. 31. Earlier this year,
the FDA reported that there are nearly 74,000 packers or
repackers of FDA covered commodities, including fresh
produce. The FDA has published documents on food
facility registration on its website, and has published
frequently asked questions about the process online.
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