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Resources for Grocers Impacted by Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma has brought life-threatening storm surges, rainfall, and wind hazards to Florida and portions of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. To help supermarkets in the path of the hurricane, NGA has compiled federal and state resources below, and will continue to update the information. In addition, consumers can find food safety tips HERE.

USDA issued a compliance guideline for reducing E. coli and salmonella contamination
USDA issued a compliance guideline for reducing E. coli and salmonella contamination in beef products made by small and very small businesses. The guideline will assist small and very small beef and veal processing establishments understand and comply with the regulatory requirements associated with controlling the pathogens in raw non-intact beef products and beef products intended for non-intact use. read more

SNAP Retailer Notice
Generally, stores may not charge taxes at the point-of-sale on food purchased with SNAP benefits. Here are the four things you need to know if SNAP-eligible foods are subject to tax in your area. read more

Special Disaster Rules for Accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT Benefits for Hot Food Purchases
Due to the severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Irma, and effective immediately, retail food stores licensed by the Food and Nutrition Service to accept SNAP benefits in the State of Florida may accept SNAP benefits in exchange for HOT foods and foods intended to be consumed on retailer premises:
These special rules are in effect through September 30, 2017 read more

A federal court upheld the Seafood Import Monitoring Program rule
Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the rule will require U.S.-based importers of seafood to collect information about each stage of the supply chain for certain types of seafood imported into the U.S. Importers will need to identify the seafood species entering the country, and obtain a permit to continue importing seafood. read more

SAVE THE DATE - Join the Florida Grocers Association for their Fall Meeting on Wednesday, November 15th, 9:00 - 11:00 am
This is your opportunity to hear, and be heard, by providing input on what FGA is doing in the State’s Capital and beyond… Look for additional discussion items in the coming weeks. For more information or to make your hotel reservation, please CLICK HERE.

Member Spotlight
Bunzl Distribution USA, Inc. supplies a range of products including outsourced food packaging, disposable supplies, and cleaning and safety products to food processors, supermarkets, non-food retailers, convenience stores and other users. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Bunzl Distribution is the largest division of Bunzl plc, an international distribution and outsourcing group headquartered in London.

Bunzl Distribution owns and operates more than 100 warehouses that serve all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as Canada, the Caribbean and parts of Mexico. With more than 5,000 employees and 400,000-plus supply items, Bunzl is regarded as a leading supplier in North America. Worldwide sales are in excess of $10 billion. Locally, Bunzl Florida & Caribbean has Tampa and Miramar Distribution Centers that service virtually the entire state of Florida.

Throughout its history, the company has maintained a strong commitment to productivity, delivering both quality service and competitive pricing. As it looks to the future, Bunzl Distribution is focused on increasing productivity, enhancing customer service and exploring new business opportunities.

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