USDA Identifies Food Deserts

The USDA’s Economic Research Service has identified more than 6,500 food desert tracts in the U.S. based on 2000 CENSUS and 2006 data on locations of supermarkets, supercenters, and large grocery stores, reports The Food Institute. USDA examined the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of these tracts to see how they differ from other census tracts…

Retail Food Safety Forum

Plan now to attend the FMI/National Grocers Association (N.G.A.) inaugural Retail Food Safety Forum in Cincinnati on November 5 – 6, 2012. Through interactive learning, peer discussions, and idea exchanges, you will take away actionable resources to improve your company’s food safety program. The Retail Food Safety Forum courses are designed to offer comprehensive education…

EPA Raises 2013 Biofuels Target

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has increased its 2013 biofuel targets, requiring refiners to blend 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel into traditional transportation fuel next year, vs. a 1-billion gallon requirement for 2012. According to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the new biofuel blending requirement meets goals set forth by Congress and is “another step…

E-Verify Extended Until 2015

Employers will be able to use an online federal database to confirm new hires are eligible to work in the United States for three more years, the National Restaurant Association reports. The federal E-Verify program has been approved by Congress until Sept. 30, 2015, and President Barack Obama will likely sign the bill soon. The…