Advocacy News

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rule to streamline and modernize the so-called “Process Rule.” The proposal is intended to improve the agency’s process for setting energy efficiency standards and test procedures for residential appliances and commercial equipment, enhancing transparency, accountability, and regulatory certainty for stakeholders. DOE will […]

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During a recent Advocacy Session at The NAFEM Show, we discussed the impact you can make on policy and regulations and how to make your voice heard. Adaire Putnam, editor-at-large, NAFEM Advocacy Update and principal at Putnam Communications and Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, NAFEM vice president, regulatory & technical affairs, covered the following topics around expressing […]

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Based on the recent NAFEM survey, tariffs are negatively impacting companies whose products make it possible for millions of people to enjoy meals away from home at military bases, schools, hospitals, restaurants and elsewhere. More than 80 percent of respondents to NAFEM’s recent survey reported that the tariffs have negatively impacted their businesses. NAFEM has developed […]

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Tariffs on Chinese imports, along with tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, are making it more expensive to produce the commercial equipment and supplies that feed our troops, nourish school children, help the sick and create family memories. According to a recent North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) survey[1], tariffs are negatively impacting […]

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California Air Resources Board (CARB) officials participated in a call with NAFEM members Thursday, Jan. 31, to discuss how to comply with California SNAP and the plans for enforcement. Listen to the call recording (the recording expires March 2) For information about the call or CARB HFC compliance, contact Charlie Souhrada, CFSP: +312.821.0212.

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California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has made additional revisions to a draft standard that applies to all indoor work areas where the temperature equals or exceeds 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If approved, the draft standard will require employers to create heat-illness prevention plans that could include access to cool-down areas and engineering and […]

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Members looking to stay on top of international compliance and schemes have access to NAFEM’s free Global Schemes tool that provides certification contact information for fuel type, region and food contact surfaces.

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Specific to the commercial foodservice equipment and supplies industry, the shutdown has put on hold the pending review of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency Standards for automatic commercial ice makers, commercial refrigeration equipment and walk-in coolers/walk-in freezers. Also on hold are enhancements to the ENERGY STAR program and DOE and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) process improvements to which NAFEM provided comments in 2018.

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President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill in late 2018. The Bill increases funding to find new foreign markets for U.S. agriculture commodities, expands federal crop insurance, helps farmers transition to organic practices, legalizes industrial hemp and keeps the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) largely intact.

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