Topics: Food & Tobacco

USDA Official Grilled Over Proposed SNAP Rule

An official with the Food and Nutrition Service at the federal Department of Agriculture was questioned at a Congressional hearing over the potential unintended consequences of his office's proposed SNAP regulation, which would substantially, and unnecessarily, increase the requirements SNAP retailers must meet. More

Judge Sides With Retailer in Challenge to FDA Tobacco Enforcement Practices

Orton Motor Company won a significant victory for tobacco retailers in recent weeks, successfully convincing a judge that the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products has exceeded its authority in its tobacco enforcement efforts. The legal battle was waged alongside the National Association for Convenience Stores. More

USDA Proposes New Requirements for SNAP Retailers Members Only Join or Login

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule Feb. 16 that would make it far more difficult for NATSO members to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamp) benefits. More

House Approves Menu-Labeling Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 266 to 144 on Feb. 12 in favor of H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act. More

President Signs E-Liquid Packaging Law

President Obama on Jan. 28 signed into law the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015, which requires the packaging of liquid nicotine containers for use in electronic cigarettes to be subject to existing child poisoning prevention packaging standards. The legislation requires that all liquid-nicotine containers have packaging that makes it difficult for children under five years old to open. More

NATSO Meets With USDA on SNAP; Proposed Regulations Expected Shortly

NATSO recently met with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss an impending rulemaking that will enhance the regulatory obligations that retailers -- particularly travel plazas and convenience stores -- must meet to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. More

Federal Trade Commission Considers Wading Into E-Cigarette Regulation

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to authorize a study of e-cigarette sales and marketing, potentially injecting itself into a contentious debate that will become more intense in the coming months when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to adopt a final rule regulating electronic cigarettes and vapor/liquid nicotine products. More

USDA Issues Proposed Regulations on SNAP Program and Dietary Guidelines

The Obama Administration released new advice about what Americans should eat to stay healthy, as well as a proposed regulation related to the use of photo identification requirements on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards used for the redemption of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps. More

FDA Enforcement of Tobacco Regulations Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas Members Only Join or Login

FDA is currently working with state enforcement agencies to conduct undercover inspections of tobacco retailers to ensure that they are complying with federal requirements. NATSO has prepared a document outlining the various issues that these inspections will cover, as well as how retailers should respond if they are accused of violating the law. More

E-Cigarettes/Vaping Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas Members Only Join or Login

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a rule to extend its authority to regulate tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vape-pens, which are currently unregulated at the federal level. In essence, the proposal would “deem” these products to be “tobacco products.” The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act automatically subjects newly deemed tobacco products to several restrictions that are more relevant to tobacco manufactures than tobacco retailers. More