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ERI Scholarship Applications are Now Open for Food Northwest Members

The Food Northwest Education and Research Institute is now taking applications for the 2023 scholarships. Employees, and their immediate family members, of Food Northwest Food Processor members and Supplier members are eligible to apply. Students must attend accredited colleges, universities, community colleges, or technical schools in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington. Applications and information are available on the Food Northwest website.  In 2022, scholarships were awarded to employees/families at Foster Farms, H.M. Clause, J.R. Simplot Company, Krusteaz Company, Pacific Seafood, SVZ-USA, and Tree Top.

FDA Enters Rulemaking to Permit Salt Substitutes

On April 10, 2023, the FDA published a proposed rule to amend the standards of identity (SOIs) to permit the use of salt substitutes in foods for which salt is a required or optional ingredient.  The proposed rule does not list permitted salt substitutes but defines them as safe and suitable replacements that serve the functions of salt in food.  FDA believes this rule could help manufacturers meet the voluntary sodium reduction targets in its October 2021 Guidance for Industry. Comments on the proposed rule are due August 8, 2023.

Washington to Design Extended Producer Responsibility Program

In response to failure to pass legislation to establish an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program, the legislature provided in its budget $500,000 for the Department of Ecology to fund a third-party contractor to gather stakeholder input and recommend a design and implementation for an EPR program.  This report is due to the legislature by December 1, 2023.  Food Northwest will participate in the stakeholder process and work to influence legislation for 2024.


Courtesy of Idaho Governor’s office -
Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Chanel Tewalt as the new director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA).

Tewalt replaces Celia Gould, who is retiring after 16 years of dedicated service to the State of Idaho as ISDA director.

Gould, a Twin Fall native, is a third-generation owner and operator of a cattle ranch in Buhl. Before becoming the first female director of ISDA, Gould served in the Idaho House of Representatives for 16 years, from 1996 to 2002. Gould's leadership of the ISDA is highlighted through her organization of several international trade missions, steering the department and agriculture industry through the recession, and increasing Idaho's agricultural exports from $1.2 billion in 2007 to nearly $2.7 billion in 2021. Read full press release…


Courtesy of Michael Best Strategies -
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that the process for a proposed rule was underway, starting with a public comment period. This broad action impacts employers’ relationships with various types of workers, whether paid or unpaid. The FTC estimated that implementation of the new rule could increase earnings for workers in the United States by almost $300 billion per year. 
Read more…

Read full article from Michael Best Strategies
Press release from FTC detailing the proposed rule
Details included in the proposed rule

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