Archive March 2020

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EPA Takes Further Action to Assure Availability of Disinfectant Products for Use Against the Novel Coronavirus

(Lenexa, Kan., March 31, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking further action to help ease the production and availability of EPA-registered disinfectants. EPA will temporarily allow manufacturers of certain already-registered EPA disinfectants to obtain certain active ingredients from any source of suppliers without checking with the agency first. This only applies to products on EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. This action comes after last week’s announcement of EPA’s similar action on certain inert ingredients.

Top 10 - FSMA Inspection Checklist: Are you Ready?

  • By: NEGFA
  • On: 03/30/2020 14:13:01
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Are you ready for a FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) Inspection? 
For FY2020 ( Oct. 1, 2019 - Sept. 30, 2020) FDA said it will conduct 330 HA/PC inspections for large and small-sized facilities and 180 CGMP inspections. Inspections are conducted by both state (NE Dept. of Ag) and federal inspectors.

EPA Enforcement Memorandum - COVID19

EPA released a temporary policy on their enforcement discretions during COVID19.  Read through the highlights for the grain and feed industry.

FDA Fact Sheet on Safety Distributing Unused Human Food for Animal Food Use During COVID-19

Update from FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine on options to use unused food as animal food.

The CARES Act (Stimulus Bill) Contains Truck Weight Provision

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – passed by the Senate on March 25 – includes language requested by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to clarify state authority to issue special permits for increased truck weight. Under either a “major disaster” or “emergency,” such as the COVID-19 emergency, states can issue special permits for heavier trucks to deliver relief supplies. States already have this authority on state roads, but the new language provides them the authority to increase truck weights on interstate highways.

The COVID-19 response by many states to temporarily increase their truck weight limits is necessary and appreciated and will help increase trucking capacity at a much-needed time. But further benefits could be captured through a coordinated effort. 

In Nebraska, Governor Rickett's exempted truck weights and lengths in  Executive Order 20.01 Relating to FMCSA
  • Governor Ricketts grants conditions facilitating compliance with FMCSA 49 CFR part 390.23 to allow relief from 40CFR parts 390 - 399 from March 13 - May 1, 2020.
  • For commercial motor vehicles, length and weight hauling requirements of federal and state law are suspended through the duration of the motor carrier's assistance in the pandemic relief efforts as granted in the FMCSA exemption and guidances above.
  • Drivers operating under this order shall carry a copy of the proclamation with them as evidence of their direct support to the State of Nebraska during this emergency period.

American Trucking Association is tracking state regulations on CDL requirements and weights  View Chart

EPA Continues Efforts to Help Increase the Availability of Disinfectant Products for Use Against the Novel Coronavirus

(Lenexa, Kan., March 27, 2020) –  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took steps to provide additional flexibilities to manufacturers of disinfectants and other pesticides. EPA intends for these flexibilities to increase the availability of products for Americans to use against the novel coronavirus. After meeting with stakeholders last week and discussing supply chain challenges posed by the pandemic, EPA is allowing manufacturers to obtain certain inert ingredients—or inactive ingredients like sodium chloride or glucose—from different suppliers without checking with the agency for approval.

NGFA, ag groups, request expansion of hours-of-service exemption for all agricultural haulers during COVID-19 pandemic

National agriculture groups urge the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to grant relief from federal drive time rules for all truck drivers hauling agricultural goods.

FMCSAs Temporary Waiver for States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders & Insterstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles (COVID19)

FMCSA issued a temporary waiver for States, CDL holders, CLP holders, and interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Given the limited availability and operations of State Driver License Agencies and Medical facilities, FMCSA has determined that it is in the public interest to issue a waiver, limited in scope and circumstances, until June 30, 2020. Additionally, FMCSA issued a “Notice of Enforcement Policy” to allow FMCSA to exercise its enforcement discretion in certain cases when a CLP, CDL, or Medical Certificate is expired.

This is not a blanket exemption from the CLP, CDL, and/or Medical Certificate requirements, and drivers and carriers should review the details of the waiver to ensure their operations qualify.  Here are the details:

Short-Time Compensation

The Short-Time Compensation program helps prevent layoffs by allowing employers to uniformly reduce affected employees’ hours by 10 to 60 percent while permitting the employees to receive a prorated unemployment benefit.

U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.
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