April 27, 2017
OGA Pleased with Ohio Budget Revisions
OGA welcomed the House’s substitute bill revisions that was released early this week in House Finance Committee. Many of the problematic tax components, including the tax increases to alcohol and tobacco, were removed in the substitute version of House Bill 49. OGA had advocated for the removal of these costly proposed tobacco and alcohol tax increases and the House heard these concerns as reflected in the bill. Also, welcome news was the inclusion of reauthorization language on the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which OGA also sought for. Other notable revisions include significant reduction across the board on state spending and programs, but increased funding to combat Ohio’s drug epidemic. In terms of process, the House will accept an additional round of amendments tomorrow, and then pass the Budget out of committee Monday, and on to the full House floor early next week. While we are pleased with this initial outcome, in lieu of the revisions to revenue projections and the growing budget shortfall, we must continue to educate lawmakers on these budget provisions and how they impact our industry. Later today, OGA will be holding our annual Statehouse Day, where members will be meeting with legislators to discuss these provisions and other legislation we are tracking. Stay tuned next week for a full report and photos from our legislative day!
2017 Annual OGA Golf Classic
Registration and Sponsorship is now open for the 2017 OGA Golf Classic. It will be held at the Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City, Ohio. Click here for the 2017 event brochure. To reserve your team or become a hole or event sponsor, call Wendy at 877-375-9079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OGA Participates in Day in Washington
Mark your calendars for May 2 – 4, 2017, OGA will participate in Day in Washington. Representatives and members from OGA will join retailers from all across the country in participating in the NGA/FMI/FIAE Day in Washington on Capitol Hill. We will have the opportunity to meet with Ohio members of Congress on the important issues facing our industry today including the Durbin Amendment, Menu Labeling, Labor and Tax Reform Issues, SNAP, and Health Care Reform. Click here for more detailed information.
YAGA Golf Outing
The YAGA Annual Golf Outing will be held June 21, 2017 and feature a round of golf, dinner and awards presentations. The outing will be at the Avalon Golf & Country Club in Warren, Ohio. Click here for the 2017 event flyer! To reserve your team or become a hole or event sponsor, call Wendy at 877-375-9079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents Who Host, Lose the Most Initiative
The Ohio Grocers Foundation is once again partnering with Drug-Free Action Alliance to promote Parents Who Host, Lose the Most, a statewide awareness campaign reminding us that it is illegal to provide alcoholic beverages to minors. With prom and graduation season here, it is important for parents to not only be aware that teen alcohol parties will increase, but that parents play a major role in the choices their children make when it comes to drinking, smoking and using other drugs. Retailers who sell alcoholic beverages can help educate customers by posting the Parents Who Host, Lose the Most poster.
Various food recalls were announced this week, including:
- H-E-B Voluntarily Issues a Precautionary Recall H-E-B and Hill Country Fare sandwich bread with a best buy date of April 29th or earlier being recalled for potential rubber in the product- see article.
- C.O. Truxton, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Phenobarbital 15 mg Tablets, USP due to Labeling Error on Declared Strength- see article.
- Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall For One Lot Of 25% Dextrose Injection, USP (Infant) Due To The Presence of Particulate Matter- see article.
- Frito-Lay Recalls Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Due to Potential Presence of Salmonella– see article.
- McCain Foods USA, Inc. Recalls Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns Due to Possible Health Risk. Product is Sold and Distributed Under The Roundy’s and Harris Teeter Retail Brands.- see article.
- Hummingbird Wholesale Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Hazelnut in Organic Cocoa-dusted Chocolate Ginger- see article.
- Soylent Issues Allergy Alert On Potential Undeclared Milk in Soylent 1.8 Powder- see article.
- Party Animal Recalls Dog Food Due To Potential Presence of Pentobarbital- see article.
- Campbell Soup Company Recalls Chicken Soup Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens- see article.
- WFSP Foods LLC. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Breast Products That May Be Undercooked- see article.
- Uncle John’s Pride, LLC. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination- see article.
- Fineberg Packing Co., Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Ham Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination- see article.