Farm Bill Updates Affect Retailers Participating in SNAP

Participating retailers will no longer be offered free Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) equipment, supplies and related services. The Farm Bill, signed into law on February 7, 2014, imposes additional obligations on retailers that redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, including new technological mandates and depth-of-stock requirements.  In addition to those obligations, under the new…

Center for Tobacco Products outlines thoughts on developing standards for e-cigarettes and other tobacco products

Recently, Mitch Zeller, director of the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), outlined CTP’s vision for the regulation of tobacco products in the United States. While Zeller’s remarks did not contain any significant new information, they did shed some light on his thinking regarding e-cigarettes. Specifically, Zeller acknowledged…

Right to Repair

Automotive groups will be banding together to ensure consumers have choices in post-warranty auto repair. The national agreement, which ends the prolonged “Right to Repair” debate within the industry, is based on a recent law finalized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) extends the essential provisions for all light vehicles negotiated…