February 23, 2017
OGA 2017 Gala Registration Now Open
April 1st, 2017, Paris comes to the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center with the Ohio Grocers Association Trade Relations Gala. Take a stroll down the lamplit streets of the City of Love and enjoy great food, amazing entertainment and networking with the who’s-who of the grocery industry at our biggest event of the year! Registration is now open with early bird specials ending on March 10, click here to register. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 24, 2017. This year’s Gala features new entertainment, a new Raffle, and an Online Silent Auction.
Re-authorization of Sales Tax Holiday Clears Senate; Transportation Budget Set for Committee Vote
Legislation that would re-authorize a three-day sales tax holiday the first weekend of August cleared the Senate Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday, then later in the full Senate by a vote of 32-1. Senate Bill 9 is a continuation of one-year sales tax holiday laws that were passed originally in 2015 and then again last year. OGA offered support for the legislation, as we have the past two years, noting the increase in foot traffic and sales for stores as well as the added savings for the consumer. The legislation now heads over to the House, where we hope for similar favorable consideration.
The first substantial portion of the Governor’s budget proposal is primed to clear the House Finance Committee as House Bill 26, otherwise known as the Transportation Budget, is expected to be voted out later today. The legislation contains highway funding and other transportation policy proposals for Fiscal Years 18-19 and because of the March 31 deadline to pass, is typically the first of the biennial budget bills to move. Issues OGA has been tracking, most notably moving the collection point of the motor fuels excise tax and applying the tax to CNG, were altered in the substitute version of HB 26. Specifically, the committee reverted to current law with regards to the collection of the motor fuels tax and instead is phasing in the application of the tax to CNG over a four-year period, or 7 cents a year until it is in line with gasoline and diesel rates.
For specific questions or for other legislative or regulatory issues, please contact Kristin Mullins.
BWC – Important Dates
A few dates to keep in mind:
March 3, 2017 – Next premium installment due date, if you kept to the b-monthly payment plan.
March 8 – 10, 2017 – Ohio BWC’s Annual Safety Congress & Expo,
March 31, 2017 – (1) deadline to complete the annual report for the Drug Free Safety Program. (2) Last day you can request a change in estimated annual payroll exposure for the 2016 policy year. (3) Last day to request a change to your premium installment schedule for the 2016 policy year. (4) Deadline to complete the One Claim Program education requirement. And (5) the last day to complete the EM Cap program requirements.
YAGA Wine Taste – Register Today!
OGA invites you to a great event hosted by The Youngstown Area Grocers Association (YAGA). It is their 12th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting. This year’s event is being held on Friday, March 10th at the Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. This event has it all … great wine and microbrews … gourmet food … as well as great networking and fellowship opportunities — now all we need is you!! Please see the registration form for details. Please consider joining us for this fabulous event. It’s a Friday night you won’t want to miss out on! If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Mullins at 614-448-1622.
2017 Ohio Grocers Foundation Scholarship Program
As our industry employs one of the highest percentages of college/high school age work-forces, OGF is pleased to once again announce the Ohio Grocers Foundation Scholarship Program. This program was established in 2015 to complement our Tuition Reimbursement Program and provides $1,000 scholarships to eligible OGA members’ employees and their dependents. The application process is easy and can either be submitted electronically or by mail. We will be accepting applications until April 1st.
REQUIRED TRAINING- Food Safety Manager Certification – Level Two
By March 1, 2017, all Retail Food Establishments will be required to have at least one employee that has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service, be trained at Level Two Certification in Food Safety. This is according to the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code.
Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code: 3717-1-02.4 – One year after the effective date of this rule, at least one employee that has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service shall obtain the level two certification in food protection according to rule 3701-21-25 of the Administrative Code.
The Ohio Grocers Association has partnered with TAP Series to provide members with an online Level Two Certification Course for $85 per student (this cost does not include the exam fee). This course has been approved by the Ohio Department of Health. The exam must be proctored and will cost approximately $75. The exam will be available at over 62 exam sites at OSU Extension Offices across the state.
OGA members can sign up employee(s) through the TAP Series
(www.tapseries.com/4u/oga) website and they can take the course online as their schedule allows. You must use the website address above to get the special OGA pricing. The online course costs less than a classroom course and requires less time away from work. Once the course is purchased, the employee has up to 6 months to complete the coursework. The usual time to complete the online Level Two Certification Course is 2-4 weeks.
Options for Onsite Training Course – Savour Food Safety International – Level 2/ServSafe Manager Certification
Savour Food Safety International is offering the Level 2 Certification Course onsite in Worthington (Columbus, OH) beginning in December. The course is a two-day class (8 hours each day, with 1 hour lunch), with the exam at the conclusion of the 2nd day.
Questions? Contact Kristin 614-442-5511, ext. 7110 or call TAP Series at 888/826-5222 or Savour Food Safety International at 614-325-9593.
Attention Authorized Ohio WIC Vendors
The Ohio WIC program is now accepting requests for authorization of soy milk, yogurt, whole grains, whole wheat pasta, tofu, juice and cereal for inclusion in the Authorized Foods List, effective October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2019. Current products that are authorized will expire September 30, 2017. For your items to be considered they must be submitted via the online application by February 27, 2017. Please refer to this article for more details on the foods.
Various food recalls were announced this week, including:
- Veggie Noodle Co. Recalls Butternut Spirals Due to Possible Health Risk – see article
- Biery Cheese Company Recalls Various Types Of Specialty Longhorn Colby Cheeses Due To Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination – see article
- Organic Herbal Supply, Inc. Announces a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of XtraHRD Natural Male Enhancement Capsules – see article
- Saputo Inc. Recalls Certain Gouda Cheese Products Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria Monocytogenes – see article
- Ditos Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Soy in Heart Plastic Platter Strawberries W/Dip with Chocolate Frosting and Heart Plastic Platter Mixed Fruit W/Dip with Chocolate Frosting – see article
- Los Angeles, CA. Chapis Spice & Tea. Today Announced a Recall/Amendment to the Bread Crumbs and Seasoned Bread Crumbs Distributed on or after 11/10/2016 – 02/16/17 – see article
- MDS Foods Inc, of Massillon, OH is Expanding the Current Recall to include Products Identified by Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Indiana from their 02/15/2017 Product Recall – see article
- Dutch Valley Food Distributors, Schlabach Branch Announces a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Assorted Cheese Items for Potential Listeria Monocytogenes – see article
- Synergy Rx Pharmacy Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of the Products Listed Below due to a Lack of Quality Assurance – see article
- Bee International issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in “Plastic Heart Tubes with Chocolate Lentils” – see article
- Kusher LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg and Milk in Cookies – see article