News & Views Magazine
Edition 1, 2015
leave may be taken, which will provide a California-
only, separate 12-week protected leave of absence on
both small and large employers to administer, thereby
increasing costs and risk of litigation.
Legislative Advocacy and Outreach:
2015 CLFP Capitol Day
CLFP's Seventh Annual Capitol Day on February 17 was
a huge success and provided CLFP member companies
with the opportunity to meet and converse with
legislators and legislative policy staff. This annual event
allows member companies to build relationships and
educate policy makers about the issues impacting the
food processing industry.
The day began with a briefing breakfast that included
Assembly Member Kristin Olsen, the recently elected
Assembly Republican Leader, as CLFP's guest speaker.
Members then went to the Capitol to meet with their
legislators, which was timely as legislature had just begun
its 2015-16 legislative session. CLFP member companies
were able to meet the freshman legislators and acquaint
them with the food processing industry in California.
Member companies that participated in CLFP’s Capitol
Day were Campbell Soup Supply Company, Kraft Foods,
Sensient Natural Ingredients, Horizon Nut Company, The
Morning Star Packing Company, Mooney Star Farms,
Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients, J.G. Boswell
Tomato Company, Stanislaus Food Products and ConAgra
Foods. CLFP looks forward to increased participation in
this event in the future.
First Annual CLFP Washington, D.C. Fly-In
CLFP conducted its First Annual Washington, D.C., Fly-
In on March 17-19. A delegation of CLFP members
representing The Morning Star Packing Company,
Musco Family Olive Company, Olam Spices & Vegetable
Ingredients, Ingomar Packing Company, Kraft Foods and
Campbell Soup Supply Company met with the California
Central Valley Congressional delegation on issues relating
to water and food labeling.
During the D.C. visit, CLFP members urged Congress
to pass bipartisan legislation such as the Pompeo-
Butterfield Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (113th
Congress). The act would create national “GMO” labeling
uniformity while also addressing questions consumers
might have about the safety of “GMO” food ingredients
and providing consistent information to consumers
about “non-GMO,” “GMO” and “natural” food labels.
Such legislation would also strengthen the Food and
Drug Administration’s premarket safety review process
for new GM seeds by making it mandatory.
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