SNAXPO 2011: A Big Success

December 31, 2011

SNAXPO 2011 A big success_other.jpgMore than 1100 snack food executives and suppliers from 38 countries are attended SNAXPO 2011 in Orlando March 20-23, where they gained insight and knowledge at educational sessions as well as from trade show exhibitors and their counterparts from across the industry.

"This is the place to be if you are in the snack food business," said Tom Dempsey, President, Utz Quality Foods, Inc. "Innovation, contacts, friends, invaluable information -- it's all here at this show."

A former top Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official advised member company executives during Monday's general session to act now to comply with provisions of the new Food Safety Modernization Act.

"This is the most important food safety law in our lifetime. This will change the entire landscape of what is regulated by the FDA," said A. Joseph Levitt, a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP. Martin J. Hahn, also a partner at that firm, is SFA General Counsel.

Levitt detailed specific responsibilities that food manufacturers will have under the new law, including the need to create a detailed food safety plan and an accompanying record keeping system so required information can be provided to FDA inspectors when they come calling.

Other sessions Monday covered front-of-pack labeling, implementing a continuous improvement culture, and commodity/ingredient risk management.
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The exhibit floor opened at 1:30 p.m. and traffic was heavy, with lots of business taking place.

State of the Industry Report Presented
SFA continues to monitor the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) activities on the ergonomics issue. Recently, OSHA proposed ergonomics guidelines for nursing homes. While specifically not targeted at food product manufacturers, these proposed guidelines could set precedents for other industries and bears watching. The National Coalition of Ergonomics provided extensive formal comments on the proposal. SFA is an active member of the coalition. In addition, there was some attention in the U.S. Senate on the issue including the proposed S. 2184, which would require the Secretary of Labor to issue an ergonomics regulation. Action on the bill is not expected any time soon. We will keep members informed as events develop. Contact Dave Dexter (ext. 210 or ddexter@sfa.org).

Earl Wise Inducted into SFA Circle of Honor
SFA continues to monitor the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) activities on the ergonomics issue. Recently, OSHA proposed ergonomics guidelines for nursing homes. While specifically not targeted at food product manufacturers, these proposed guidelines could set precedents for other industries and bears watching. The National Coalition of Ergonomics provided extensive formal comments on the proposal. SFA is an active member of the coalition. In addition, there was some attention in the U.S. Senate on the issue including the proposed S. 2184, which would require the Secretary of Labor to issue an ergonomics regulation. Action on the bill is not expected any time soon. We will keep members informed as events develop. Contact Dave Dexter (ext. 210 or ddexter@sfa.org).

Sustainability & the Bottom Line
SFA continues to monitor the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) activities on the ergonomics issue. Recently, OSHA proposed ergonomics guidelines for nursing homes. While specifically not targeted at food product manufacturers, these proposed guidelines could set precedents for other industries and bears watching. The National Coalition of Ergonomics provided extensive formal comments on the proposal. SFA is an active member of the coalition. In addition, there was some attention in the U.S. Senate on the issue including the proposed S. 2184, which would require the Secretary of Labor to issue an ergonomics regulation. Action on the bill is not expected any time soon. We will keep members informed as events develop. Contact Dave Dexter (ext. 210 or ddexter@sfa.org).

Innovations in Ingredients
SFA continues to monitor the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) activities on the ergonomics issue. Recently, OSHA proposed ergonomics guidelines for nursing homes. While specifically not targeted at food product manufacturers, these proposed guidelines could set precedents for other industries and bears watching. The National Coalition of Ergonomics provided extensive formal comments on the proposal. SFA is an active member of the coalition. In addition, there was some attention in the U.S. Senate on the issue including the proposed S. 2184, which would require the Secretary of Labor to issue an ergonomics regulation. Action on the bill is not expected any time soon. We will keep members informed as events develop. Contact Dave Dexter (ext. 210 or ddexter@sfa.org).

Heard on the Show Floor
SFA continues to monitor the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) activities on the ergonomics issue. Recently, OSHA proposed ergonomics guidelines for nursing homes. While specifically not targeted at food product manufacturers, these proposed guidelines could set precedents for other industries and bears watching. The National Coalition of Ergonomics provided extensive formal comments on the proposal. SFA is an active member of the coalition. In addition, there was some attention in the U.S. Senate on the issue including the proposed S. 2184, which would require the Secretary of Labor to issue an ergonomics regulation. Action on the bill is not expected any time soon. We will keep members informed as events develop. Contact Dave Dexter (ext. 210 or ddexter@sfa.org).