OUR MISSION The Washington Food Industry Association is dedicated to promoting and protecting the independent, community-focused grocery industry and its suppliers.
BECOME A MEMBER Membership in the Washington Food Industry Association is open to all industry retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and suppliers in Washington State. JOIN NOW! OUR ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2014 CLICK HERE to Download WFIA's 2013-2014 Annual Report!
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Seattle is embarking on revisions to their mandated compostable food packaging ordinance. Please review the document to see the important changes that will be implemented. We will keep up advised as these revisions are published.
New Fight at the State Level: WA State WIC Announces 13 Month Moratorium on Retail Authorizations
In a surprise move, WA State Dept. of Health (DOH) Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Division announced a thirteen month moratorium on retail authorizations with only five days' notice! DOH WIC has a Retail Advisory Committee (RAC) which WFIA is active in, but DOH didn't even discuss the action with the RAC. This unprecedented move will leave new retail stores without WIC licenses for over a year, in some cases severely impacting store sales. View the moratorium HERE.
Outraged by this lack of public process, WFIA went into full gear in contacting legislative leadership, the Secretary of Health, and the Governor's policy staff in the Office of Financial Management requesting that the WIC staff hold a meeting to hear our industry's concerns and modify their decision.
If you have thoughts or suggestions regarding this moratorium or mitigating measures please send them to WFIA President & CEO Jan Gee at: firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
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