Companies call on Congress to intervene on rail strike / Regulatory education opportunities with dicentra / Mister talks legislative possibilities
NOVEMBER 29, 2022
CRN joins companies calling on Congress to avert rail strike, impending economic damage
Joining more than 400 organizations, CRN signed on to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce letter calling on Congress to “take immediate steps to prevent a national rail strike and the certain economic destruction that would follow,” absent a voluntary agreement.
Why it matters: The economic impact of a potential railroad strike could be felt as soon as Dec. 5, according to Reuters.
How things stand: Last week, members of the country's biggest railroad union rejected a tentative agreement, prompting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to urge lawmakers to intervene.
What they’re saying: “Congress recognized their necessity to interstate commerce and America’s economic health with the passage of the Railway Labor Act and past congressional interventions in rail labor disputes when other steps fail,” the letter read. “Indeed, Congress has intervened 18 times since 1926 in labor negotiations that threaten interstate commerce and there is no reason why Congress should deviate from this record today. While a voluntary agreement with the four holdout unions is the best outcome, the risks to America’s economy and communities simply make a national rail strike unacceptable.”
What’s next: Railroads and unions have until Dec. 9 to form a resolution. If a resolution is not agreed upon, rail workers could strike or railroads could lock out employees—barring congressional involvement.
Access complimentary regulatory webinars for CRN members
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Get updated on regulatory classifications with CRN associate member dicentra’s Senior Regulatory Specialist, Nikky Young Devastey.
On Dec. 14, dicentra is hosting a webinar, “GRAS, NDI, ODI, or Food Additive - Is Your Product or Ingredient Classified Correctly,” to help companies decide which classification path is best for its ingredient or product.
Why it matters: The way in which a firm intends to market a product—as a conventional food, as a dietary supplement, or both—strongly dictates the regulatory pathway to be followed.
The webinar will look at the differences between:
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS);
New Dietary Ingredient (NDI); and
Old Dietary Ingredient (ODI) or Food Additive pathways
Expanding internationally? Participate in dicentra’s webinar, Regulatory Overview of Dietary Supplements in the Middle East, on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The session will provide an overview of the regulatory framework and key considerations for entering Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.
Mister talks political climate, possibilities at SupplySide West
Earlier this month at SupplySide West, CRN President and CEO Steve Mister spoke with NutraIngredients-USA’s Hank Schultz about legislative possibilities—including the advancement of mandatory product listing (MPL)—before the end of the year.
What they're saying: “Mandatory listing is a way to say to our regulators and our consumers that we are not hiding anything, that we are an industry that is not afraid to show FDA our labels,” said Mister. “It’s a simple ask.”
Why it matters: We’re an industry that is so vulnerable to attack from the media,” noted Mister. “Yes, we have consumer confidence, but we could lose that in a black swan event very quickly.”
The bottom line: “There is certainly an appetite with some members on the Hill to try to get some unfinished business from this Congress done,” Mister concluded.