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GMO Labeling Bill Fails To Clear Senate Hurdle
The U.S. Senate was unable to muster the 60 votes necessary to advance a measure creating a voluntary national standards for labeling food with GMOs. The cloture motion failed, 48-49.  

The bill would have prevented states from mandating labels just before Vermont was set to become the first in the nation to impose such requirements.Vermont's law is set to take effect this July.

Capitol Hill observers say negotiations will continue in hopes of reaching a compromise before the end of the week. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) proposed an amendment to the bill that would allow food makers to disclose GMOs in a variety of ways, including through call centers and websites as well as scanning technology. Companies wouldn't be required to do anything unless a voluntary disclosure system fails to cover at least 70 percent of the food supply within three years. 

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) has proposed a slightly tighter version of the Roberts plan that would trigger the disclosure requirement if 80 percent of food products aren't covered by a voluntary system.


The House passed a GMO labeling bill last summer. Had the Senate bill passed, the differences between the two bills would have had to be worked out in a conference committee.

Read MWFPA's news release on the Senate action here.

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Mike Taylor, Instrumental in Implementing FSMA, Leaves  FDA
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Mike Taylor announced that he is stepping down from his position as deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The agency reported that Taylor will leave on June 1 after more than six years as one of the Administration's top food officials. Taylor's departure comes at a particularly crucial time for implementing a massive food safety overhaul that he's championed throughout his tenure at the federal agency. Read more.
 
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IL Budget Battle Continues
As IL enters the ninth month without a state budget, House Democrats attempted to increase the pressure by passing two bills over objections from Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Republicans.

Democrats passed two bills that appropriated more than $3.7 billion in funding for higher education and many human service grants (Meals on Wheels, mental health, autism, etc.) while providing only $450 million in revenue to pay for the increased spending.
 
Republicans charged that this was simply a political gimmick noting that Illinois has a budget backlog totaling more than $7.4 billion and this piecemeal approach would add another $3 billion in debt.

The House adjourned shortly after the vote and will not return until the first week in April.
 
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MN Gov. Dayton Releases Budget Proposal
MN Gov. Mark Dayton has released a budget calling for $700 million in new spending and recomends a gasoline tax hike to fund the state's transportation needs.

The Pioneer Press has details of the budget proposal.The budget also seeks tax cuts aimed at working families and for education expenses. Republicans are expected to seek much larger and broader tax cuts.
Minnesota is expecting a projected surplus of $900 million - $300 million less than was expected a few months ago.  
 
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WI Senate Passes Hi-Cap Well Bill, Unlikely To Become Law
The WI State Senate approved a version of a high-capacity well bill that differs from the one passed by the State Assembly last month. Since the measure hasn't yet passed the Assembly, which has adjourned for the year and has no intention to reconvene, it is unlikely to become law.

The bill would have loosened government regulation of high-capacity wells allowing owners of such wells to repair or replace existing wells without a permit from the WI Department of Natural Resources. Owners could also transfer their well permit if they sell their property under the measure.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), has been adamant that the Assembly's business for this session is finished. The Senate action took place during what is expected to be the last floor period of the two-year legislative session.

MWFPA joined a coalition of 14 farming, food processor and businesses groups from across the state calling on the State Senate to pass the legislation.

The Senate also passed an MWFPA supported bill that would bar local governments from banning certain containers, including plastic bags. A similar bill was passed during this session by the State Assembly. The measure would keep municipalities from implementing taxes or imposing restrictions on plastic usage and passed on a 19-13 party line vote. The measure now heads to Governor Walker for his signature.
 
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EPA Energy Star Program Seeks Food Processing Participants
Are you looking for a way to kick off your energy program or demonstrate your leadership in energy efficiency?
 
If so, team up with ENERGY STAR, America's most influential brand for superior energy performance!
 
Signing up is easy and you can choose how to participate:
  1. Take the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, which recognizes industrial sites that improve their energy efficiency by 10% within 5 years.
  2. Pursue the ENERGY STAR certification for your plant, available for juice processing, frozen fried potato, and cookie and cracker baking plants.
  3. Join the Energy Star food processing focus, a workgroup that shares and advances best practices for energy efficiency in the food processing industry.
To get started, visit one of the links above or  www.energystar.gov/industry.
 
You can also contact Melissa Hulting at 312-886-2265 (hulting.melissa@epa.gov) or Juan Thomas at 312-886-6010 ( thomas.juan@epa.gov). We'll be glad to help.

Register Now For MWFPA's Food Sanitation Seminar


Register now for MWFPA's full-day seminar looking at the sanitation problems and solutions that are found in today's food plants.  Go to MWFPA's website "Events" page for registration materials and more information.  Plan to attend on April 21, 2016 at the Stoney Creek Hotel, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Rd. in Onalaska, WI.

Opportunities to exhibit and sponsorships for the morning, lunch, and afternoon programs are available.  Sponsors will be provided an opportunity to introduce the beginning of each session and give a five minute presentation about their company!

Stay Current With MWFPA, Follow Our Social Media Feeds
One of the best ways to stay current on MWFPA activities, including legislative activities, is to follow our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds.

These feeds are a great way to convey information about the MWFPA and our activities, as well as to interact with our membership. Please follow our social media feeds today!

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Time For MWFPA Friday/Weckel Scholarship Applications To Be Sent In
scholarshipUndergraduate students attending, or planning to attend, UW Madison, Platteville or River Falls are eligible for Friday/Weckel scholarships. Applications are due by April 29, 2016. Last year six scholarships were awarded totaling $9,000.

Information and applications can be downloaded from the MWFPA website, or by contacting Brian Elliott at: brian.elliott@mwfpa.org, or by calling 608-255-9946.

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Don't Miss GMA's Beyond The Basics Workshops
Don't miss GMA's Beyond the Basics Workshop Series. This May, GMA's Managing Allergens and Sanitation course will distill the nuances of the new preventive controls regulation to help you incorporate food allergen and sanitation controls into a FSMA compliant food safety plan.

Additionally, during the course on Microbial Validation & Verification, participants will gain a deeper understanding of information gathering through scientific studies -- register now!

Review A Copy Of The MWFPA Annual Report
MWFPA's 2015 annual report is now available for online viewing or download. 

The report provides a snapshot of MWFPA's 2015 successes and highlights the many services provided by MWFPA to its members over the year.  Click on the photo at right.

Better Process Control School Set For April
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is set to present the 2016 Better Process Control School, April 26-29, 2016 in Madison, WI.
 
The Better Process Control School provides the canning industry with qualified personnel to meet FDA and USDA regulations.
 
All processing of thermally processed low-acid or acidified foods which are packaged in hermetically-sealed containers must have certain critical operations supervised by a qualified person.The 
Better Process Control School trains individuals to supervise these critical operations.
 
Training is being offered this year in late April in order to support training of personnel newly hired for the pack season.
 
Registration and schedule information is available online: www.foodsafety.wisc.edu
 
Early registration deadline is April 4, 2016.

MWFPA Events You Won't Want To Miss
April 21, 2016: MWFPA Sanitation Seminar. Stoney Creek Hotel,
3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd., Onalaska, WI.

June 1-2, 2016: MWFPA Spring Summit & Scramble. Trappers Turn, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

October 6, 2016: MWFPA Sporting Clays Challenge. Milford Hills, Johnson Creek, WI.

November 29- December 1, 2016: MWFPA 112th Annual Convention and 89th Processing Crops Conference.  Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Other Educational Opportunities
March 31-April 1, 2016: Iowa State University Food Microbiology. Activities will begin at Iowa State Univeristy1951 Food Sciences Building. Iowa State University's Food Microbiology groups will provide insight on the ecology of microorganisms in foods, detection, and enumeration, isolation, and identification methods for food-borne pathogens, toxins, and contaminants that may occur in a food plant environment. Our course will combine classroom lectures with laboratory environment on the fundamentals of food microbiology and food safety.  For registration and course information, click here.

April 12-13, 2016Arc Flash Hazard Analysis. Pyle Center,702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI. Ensure your work environment is safe by reviewing relevant standards, like NFPA 70E, and IEEE 1584, and NESC 410A3. You will also learn about personal protective equipment, perform arc flash hazard calculations, evaluate arc-resistant switchgear and understand coordination issues relating to faster trip time.  For more information, or to enroll, click here.

April 26-29, 2016: University of Wisconsin - Madison Better Process Control School.  Madison, WI. All processing of thermally processed low-acid or acidified foods which are packaged in hermetically-sealed containers must have certain critical operations supervised by a qualified person.  The Better Process Control School trains individuals to supervise these critical operations.
 
Registration and schedule information is available online: www.foodsafety.wisc.edu. Early registration deadline is April 4, 2016.

April 26-28, 2016: Iowa State University FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food. Iowa State University 1951 Food Sciences Building Ames, IA.  A three day Basic Preventive Controls training designed for people in the food industry desiring to understand and be trained in the Food Safety system for manufacturing safe food. This course will meet the FDA FSMA regulations as an Approved Course under Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA).  For more information, click here.

May 3-4, 2016Dryer TechnologyMadison Concourse Hotel,
One West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703. Expand your knowledge of dryer fundamentals and learn how to apply proven methods to solve problems, and improve energy efficiency and your operations. This course will focus on continuous drying of particulate materials from foods to inorganic chemicals. 
For more information, or to enroll, click here.

May 5, 2016: Atomization and Spray Technology: Focus on Spray Drying Course. Madison Concourse Hotel, One West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703.  Learn about various types of atomizers, as well as how an atomizer works, and how to select an atomizer for specific applications. This course will focus on atomization methods, functions, designs, atomizer performance, and much more. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to compare different atomizers and select the right one for your application. In addition, you will be able to calculate droplet size, cone angle, and other spray characteristics.  For enrollment and other information, click here.

June 13-15, 2016Iowa State University FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food. Iowa State University 1951 Food Sciences Building Ames, IA.  A three day Basic Preventive Controls training designed for people in the food industry desiring to understand and be trained in the Food Safety system for manufacturing safe food. This course will meet the FDA FSMA regulations as an Approved Course under Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA).  For more information, click here. 
 
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