New COOL Labeling Rule Published

The Federal Register has published a new Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule written to bring the United States into compliance with World Trade Organization agreements. In publishing the rule, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is allowing public comments through April 11, 2013. The new rule modifies labeling requirements for muscle cuts of meat and…

Lockout/Tagout from RiskControl360°

Although this question-and-answer article is provided through CareWorks Consultants, AFPD’s Third Party Administrator for workers’ compensation in Ohio, the information is based on Federal OSHA regulations that apply to all states. What is the OSHA standard for control of hazardous energy sources? The OSHA standard for Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Title 29 Code of…

SNAP Bits from FRAC

SNAP Participation Takes Small Drop in January 2013. SNAP national participation in January 2013 decreased by 19,948 people over the month to 47,772,108 people—1.3 million persons higher than in January 2012. USDA Secretary Battles Attacks on SNAP/Food Stamps. Speaking at an event, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the SNAP/Food Stamp Program and other federal nutrition…