Exactly a year after the expected release of the proposed Produce Safety Rule, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published that proposed rule for public comment today.  This follows the adoption of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law two years ago by President Obama that aims to reduce foodborne illness outbreaks of foods produced domestically as well as imported foods. Two proposed rules were released today:

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2013 is here and that means several Health Care Reform requirements are around the corner.  On January 17, Western Growers will be in Phoenix to review PPACA requirements that take effect this year including W-2 reporting, the notice to employees regarding the health care exchange, new summary of benefits and coverage, flexible spending account and annual limit caps, and more. This workshop is designed for small employers (50 employees or less).

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