MONTPELIER - The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association (VRGA) will host four informational classes on subjects of key importance to retail businesses in Vermont. All classes will take place on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the VRGA office, 148 State St. Class schedule is shown below. All classes are free and open to all Vermont retailers. To register, contact Coleen at the VRGA office by email coleen@vtrga.orgor phone, 802-839-1928.

Best Practices on Scanning Accuracy

1 p.m.

With the potential for thousands of dollars of fines, loss of customer confidence and negative publicity, it is very important for retailers with scanning to send an appropriate person to this session. The informational class will cover the scanner testing program administered by the Consumer Protection Section of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. The discussion will include:

  • How the scanner testing program is conducted
  • Testing method used
  • Common issues found
  • How stores can test themselves
  • Responsibility of retailers
  • An overview of Agency findings

Country of Origin Labeling

2 p.m.

An overview of the USDA Country of Origin Labeling Program (COOL) will be given. An especially important element is the change required in labeling beef muscle cuts to comply with regulations.

All questions regarding any part of the Consumer Protection Office's testing programs, unit pricing, package weighing, scale testing, etc. will be addressed. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture will be performing the compliance checks for USDA.

GMO Labeling - Retailer Perspective

3 p.m.

Recently Vermont became the first state to enact legislation governing GMO labeling of food products that was not tied to the passage of similar laws in other states. A representative from the Vermont Attorney General's Office will be on hand to share some of the basic responsibilities of retailers (as opposed to food manufacturers) under the new labeling law as well as to provide information on the rulemaking process this summer and fall.

Vermont Legislative Changes

3:30 p.m.

This session will address several enacted tax changes, including tobacco increases, the July 1 floor tax, and propane tax changes. Changes to the Vermont employer health care assessment will be discussed, as well.