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National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) Partners with Blue J to Enhance Tax Research Capabilities

Mon, Jul 22, 2024 17:31 EDT

The National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) proudly announces a strategic ​​​​partnership with Blue J, a leading ​tax​​ ​technology company specializing in AI-driven tax research solutions. This collaboration aims to empower tax professionals with cutting-edge tools to streamline their research processes, deliver precise insights and enhance efficiency. NATP, the premier association for tax professionals, serves a vast community dedicated to excellence in tax preparation and representation. Committed to providing its members with top-tier resources and education, NATP continually seeks innovative solutions that advance the practice of tax professionals across the nation. Integrating Blue J's flagship ​generative AI ​product, Ask Blue J, into NATP's resource arsenal marks a significant step forward in achieving this mission. Ask Blue J: next-generation tax research Ask Blue J leverages an extensive U.S. tax content database and the most advanced large language models to quickly generate reliable and verifiable tax answers. The platform provides a comprehensive list of sources used in the response, highlighting relevant passages for easy verification. Using a sophisticated knowledge graph, Ask Blue J supplies additional related materials such as cases, documents, statutes and regulations, allowing users to delve deeper into their research. Scott Artman, CEO of NATP, commented on the partnership, "Our goal at NATP is to equip our members with the best tools and resources available to excel in their practice. By partnering with Blue J, we enable our members to access cutting-edge, self-reliant tax research today. Ask Blue J's ability to deliver fast, accurate and verifiable answers aligns perfectly with our mission to support tax professionals in their pursuit of excellence." NATP members can add the Ask Blue J research tool to their resources at a special negotiated rate. This exclusive benefit underscores NATP's commitment to providing exceptional value and support to its members. Benjamin Alarie, CEO of Blue J, added: "We are thrilled to partner with NATP, an organization that shares our commitment to enhancing the capabilities of tax professionals. Ask Blue J's advanced ​generative ​AI technology, which will enable NATP members to streamline their research processes, reduce the time spent on complex queries and ultimately provide better service to their clients."

Team Luke Hope for Minds Raising Awareness about Pediatric Brain Injuries & Prevention through Golf Cart Safety

Mon, Jul 22, 2024 17:09 EDT

(Lubbock, Texas) According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 6,500 children are injured by golf carts every year. Just over half of these injuries involve children 12 and under. Emilee, pictured below, was 11 when she suffered a traumatic brain injury in a golf cart accident. These injuries occurred when children fell out or jumped off, got hit by or were in the golf cart when it tipped over. Children are smaller and have a higher center of gravity than adults. They may not be able to reach the floor of a golf cart and can more easily lose their balance when the vehicle is moving. It's important for parents and kids to know the laws around golf carts, such as the Texas age requirement of 16 and to have a driver's license. As the nine-year anniversary of his son Luke's golf cart accident approaches, Tim Siegel, Executive Director of Team Luke Hope for Minds, reminds parents and children everywhere about the dangers of golf carts. "I think the biggest issue is every neighborhood has golf carts that are souped-up, modified, they're taller, they heavier, they're faster, and they're prone to tipping. I think the big thing is just educating parents that they're unsafe, that they're dangerous. That, to me, is number one: educating parents." said Tim Siegel. "I'm not anti-golf cart. I'm pro-safety." says Siegel. "If I can save one life or prevent one brain injury, then I think I'm doing a good thing." Providing immediate aid to children with acquired brain injuries and their families is a top priority for TLHFM. In addition to spreading awareness about resources for these families, TLHFM raises money to provide financial assistance. Furthermore, TLHFM offers guidance, resources and virtual support groups for parents, siblings and brain injury survivors. The newest support group, Ambiguous Grief Support, provides coping strategies to help parents understand and work through the grief of losing the child they knew before his/her accident. Upcoming Events: 5K Color Fun Run, Lubbock, Aug. 24 Pediatric Brain Injury Conference & Resource Fair, Oct. 25-26, Austin. To support Team Luke Hope for Minds through donations, both monetary or in-kind or to volunteer, visit www.teamlukehopeforminds.org . Those seeking resources and support are encouraged to visit www.teamlukehopeforminds.org and select Get Support. About Team Luke Hope for Minds Our mission is to enrich the lives of children with a brain injury and give hope to their families through support and education. At the heart of our services is the conviction that the health and well-being of these children can improve over time if families have access to educational materials, therapeutic services, and adaptive equipment for their children. We also believe that families can gain strength by connecting with one another.

SGS offers complimentary CPSC eFiling update webinar

Mon, Jul 22, 2024 12:07 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, is delighted to host a complimentary webinar, 'Are you ready for CPSC eFiling?' on July 30, 2024. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is transitioning to an online registration process for businesses selling regulated products in the US. Companies required to submit either a Children's Product Certificate (CPC) or General Certificate of Conformity (GCC) are now able to do this through the CPSC's new electronic filing (eFiling) system. With the beta pilot phase ending in June 2024, registrations are now being invited for voluntary participation. eFiling of product safety certificates will take place through the Participating Government Agencies (PGA) Message Set, part of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, and importers are urged to contact the CPSC as soon as possible to gain access to the product registry. In a complimentary webinar, expert presenters Dr Min Zhu and Leo Yang will look at key features of the eFiling system and explain how early adoption will benefit businesses selling regulated products in the US. They will also offer information on how SGS's eFiling solutions can help companies ensure successful compliance with the new eFiling system. Register for the webinar on July 30, 2024

Beth Jaynes Joins Dallas Office of Steptoe & Johnson

Mon, Jul 22, 2024 10:52 EDT

DALLAS- Beth Jaynes recently joined the Dallas office of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC as Of Counsel in the Litigation Department. Jaynes' practice focuses on defending clients in commercial and mass tort litigation where she has handles complex business disputes involving non-compete and contractual violations. Beth's strong skillsets in litigation planning, comprehensive case management, risk mitigation, and strategic approach ensure her clients receive exceptional legal representation. "Beth's extensive experience in handling complex litigation cases will be valuable to our firm and our clients," says Christopher L. Slaughter, CEO of Steptoe & Johnson. Jaynes earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University and her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. About Steptoe & Johnson Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a law firm nationally recognized for its strengths in energy law with more than a century of know-how in the areas of business, labor and employment, and litigation. Steptoe & Johnson has over 400 lawyers and other professionals practicing in 18 offices in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia. Visit and connect with us on X and LinkedIn . For more information, contact Ryan Daniels, Chief Marketing Officer, at (614) 456-1647 or by email: press@steptoe-johnson.com . ###

Kace Legg Joins Steptoe & Johnson's Charleston Office

Mon, Jul 22, 2024 10:07 EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Kace Legg recently joined Steptoe & Johnson PLLC's Litigation Department as Of Counsel in the firm's Charleston office. Legg's litigation practice focuses on medical professional liability defense, long-term care defense, and general litigation. He regularly manages complex written and electronic document production, handles discovery disputes, and negotiates contract-based settlements. Legg is dedicated to maintaining close working relationships with clients, and involving them in key decision-making, while respecting their need to focus on their day-to-day work. "Kace's extensive experience in medical professional liability defense and long-term care defense will be an important asset to our clients and our firm," says Christopher L. Slaughter, CEO of Steptoe & Johnson. Legg earned his law degree from West Virginia University College of Law and his bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. He is licensed to practice in West Virginia. About Steptoe & Johnson Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a law firm nationally recognized for its strengths in energy law with more than a century of know-how in the areas of business, labor and employment, and litigation. Steptoe & Johnson has over 400 lawyers and other professionals practicing in 18 offices in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia. Visit and connect with us on X and LinkedIn . For more information, contact Ryan Daniels, Chief Marketing Officer, at (614) 456-1647 or by email: press@steptoe-johnson.com . ###

SHP COMICS JOINS BACKERKIT'S COMICTOPIA TODAY

Mon, Jul 22, 2024 08:50 EDT

SHP COMICS JOINS BACKERKIT'S COMICTOPIA TODAY Just Ahead of the New Publisher's Entrance Into the Comics Market Next Month, SHP Introduces An All New Title: ' Baby Zicky ' HATFIELD, MA - SHP Comics and the work of their in-house writer Darin S. Cape expands into all-ages storytelling today with the launch of Baby Zicky , as part of BackerKit's Comictopia celebration! Comictopia is BarkerKit's celebration of creativity and collaboration from a diverse group of writers and artists collectively running comic book crowdfunding projects launching today and running through August 8th. "This is a personal story for me" says publisher Shawn Hainsworth. "When my kids were little, I would pretend to be Baby Zicky and tell them a story about the adventures I went on while they were asleep. As my kids grew older, they had a lot of fun making fun of Baby Zicky and his stories. It has been such a pleasure to see this story come to life. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it." Meet Zicky, a pint-sized dreamer with an imagination that packs a wallop! When night falls, he's not just tucked in bed-he's a stealthy ninja, clashing with hordes of rascally rat-men. His family dismisses his heroics as mere child's play. But little do they know, Zicky's dreamland duels are as real as it gets-a second life in a world brimming with danger. And now, with the Rat King's claws reaching for our reality, it's up to Zicky to leap into action, defend his family, and become the savior of not one, but TWO worlds! Just don't call him baby - he's the ninja kid who's about to save the day! Featuring the art of Zeno Decrux and Hiorsh Gabotto with a style that transitions from a western style to manga-influenced, Baby Zicky is guaranteed to please readers of all ages! SHP Comics is collaborating with The Unfamiliars . Back both projects to unlock a special reward! The more Comictopia projects you back, the more limited FREEBIES you will earn! 2 FREE Cross Collaborative Freebies for every cross collab project pair you support 1 FREE Limited Comictopia 2024 comic if you back FIVE [5] or more projects *Only pledges to physical reward tiers or main digital offerings (if no physical items are offered) qualify towards earning these FREEBIES. Please refer to individual campaigns for unlock requirements. Check out the campaign for Baby Zicky now, and help us bring comics' newest all ages adventure to life!

Midland Pallet Trucks Drives Efficiency Gains for Businesses

Mon, Jul 22, 2024 05:02 EDT

Midland Pallet Trucks, a leading supplier of high-quality material handling equipment, is proud to highlight the significant impact its range of pallet trucks can have on businesses across various industries. By optimising warehouse operations and streamlining logistics, these essential tools are driving efficiency gains and boosting productivity. In today's fast-paced business environment, time is of the essence. Every minute saved in the warehouse can translate to increased output and cost reductions. Midland Pallet Trucks offers a comprehensive range of pallet trucks designed to meet the diverse needs of businesses, from small-scale operations to large-scale distribution centres. Pallet trucks are the backbone of many warehouse operations. They enable the effortless movement of heavy loads across various surfaces, reducing the physical strain on employees and minimising the risk of injuries. Midland Pallet Trucks provides a variety of options to suit different load capacities, working environments, and operational requirements. This includes high-quality hand pallet trucks and electric trucks, and manual stacker trucks. Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Midland Pallet Trucks, commented, "We're thrilled to highlight the transformative impact our pallet trucks can have on businesses. By investing in our range of high-quality equipment, companies can significantly enhance their warehouse operations, boost productivity, and create a safer working environment. Our commitment to providing exceptional products and customer support ensures that our clients achieve maximum efficiency and return on investment." Midland Pallet Trucks is dedicated to helping businesses achieve operational excellence through the provision of high-quality, reliable, and efficient material handling solutions. By investing in Midland Pallet Trucks, companies can experience a tangible improvement in their warehouse operations and bottom line. For more information on Midland Pallet Trucks' range of products, visit https://www.midlandpallettrucks.com

LA audience gets first look at comedy mockumentary Comet Orphan in private screening

Fri, Jul 19, 2024 14:45 EDT

The out-of-this-world comedy mockumentary, Comet Orphan has wowed audiences at an exclusive private screening at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute - Film Production in LA. The sci-fi short, which was written and directed by Hyejin "Grace" Park, tells the story of Charlotte, a 28-year-old print shop worker who believes she's an alien: a COMET ORPHAN, left behind on earth after a family holiday from their comet. As the SEXY AF society (Search for Extraterrestrials, Aliens are Friends) prepares for the return of Charlotte's comet, she is torn apart by two homes. Is she going to stay on Earth with her boyfriend (who's gearing up for a proposal), or should she reunite with her long-lost family on her home planet? Funny and heartwarming, Comet Orphan is an LSTFI-LA Film Lab production inspired by Grace's own experiences growing up. "Ok - I didn't technically come from a comet, but I've always been a stranger. Having gone back and forth between different countries, I've always felt like a fish out of water and a 'weirdo'," she explains. "This film is a heartwarming tribute to those who've left home, felt like outsiders, and challenged the norm to be seen and heard, just like me." Comet Orphan's team of executive producers includes Sheldon Larry, Ezra Justin Lee, Freddie Basnight, Sedi Park, and Herb Jackson Jr. Natalie Gimon and Arwen Wang Ziyu took on producer duties while Craig Lief and Henry Thompson served as associate producers. Executive producer, Herb Jackson Jr. partnered with Grace for Comet Orphan's postproduction process, fresh off the success of his work on acclaimed shorts, Angel Fleet and The Last Butterflies. He said, "The private screening went off without a hitch and it was wonderful to feel the audience's reactions in real time. We're looking forward to Comet Orphan's festival run and I have a really good feelings folks worldwide will be thrilled as well. I'm happy to have partnered with Grace and the other producers to help get this film off the ground." To find out more about Comet Orphan, visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt30842138/ To find out more about Herb Jackson Jr. and the projects he's currently working on, visit https://www.herbjacksonjr.com.

Research Links Project Homekey & Other P3 Housing Projects With Higher Risk of Contractor Non-Compliance

Fri, Jul 19, 2024 14:37 EDT

Private Owners of Public Works are Currently Exempt from Many Disclosure Requirements Regulatory loopholes have left one of California's signature Affordable Housing initiatives, known as Project Homekey , at particular risk for non-compliance with the labor and safety standards that govern other public construction investments, according to a new research brief by the Northern California Construction Industry Compliance (NCIC), a non-partisan industry watchdog. Read the Brief, "Affordable Housing at What Cost?" Project Homekey, a multi-billion dollar public program designed to boost California's supply of Affordable Housing, relies on public private partnerships to secure funding and manage housing projects. Over 83% of Homekey Projects have a private entity as a co-applicant, and a CA Department of Housing and Community Development data reveals that a majority (57%) of Homekey projects in Northern California have private entities functioning the same way a state, municipality, or other public agency would-selecting bids and awarding public funds to construction contractors. "The challenge lies in ensuring private entities who award public funds to contractors abide by the same standards and rules that govern other types of public works," said NCIC Research Analyst Dr. Larissa Petrucci PhD, who authored the brief. "But the reality is the private entities lack experience in administering public works and are not subject to the same disclosure laws as public agencies, making these projects especially vulnerable to contractor non-compliance and labor exploitation." Petrucci's analysis found that of five Homekey Projects cited by the Department of Industrial Relations' Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) for public works violations in 2023, fully 80% had a private entity functioning as the awarding body. Taxpayers contributed over $100 million to the funding of these projects, which resulted in more than $1.7 million in assessed penalties and another $1.2 million in back wages paid to aggrieved workers. The brief found that in the preceding five years, the Homekey Contractors cited by LETF had performed work on more than 100 public works projects in California, totaling more than $1.3 billion. The brief also details that in 2023, LETF and Cal-OSHA investigated safety practices on Homekey projects, issuing 13 violations against five contractors working on four projects that were all owned by private entities. These same contractors had been cited for 49 other OSHA violations in the preceding five years. "Public-Private Partnerships are clearly presenting unique challenges when a private entity who may be less familiar with enforcing compliance with labor standards are put in the position of functioning as stewards of taxpayer dollars," Petrucci added. "While California law ensures taxpayer watchdogs can monitor regulatory compliance on projects public agencies are awarding bids via public records requests, private entities are currently exempt from these disclosure requirements." Petrucci noted that the unique compliance challenges involving private entities functioning as public works awarding bodies were not limited to Project Homekey, or to Affordable Housing projects. For example, the brief details how just one California compliance organization had alleged dozens of safety and wage violations against multiple contractors where they awarding body was a private entity, resulting in more than $640,000 in adjudicated violations against contractors that had been awarded billions of dollars in public works contracts over the past five years. "Especially when taxpayer funds are being used, the work of contractor compliance with regulatory standards is crucial to the work of delivering value to taxpayers and fairness to the skilled workers who bring these projects to life," Petrucci continued. "The fact is that when standards are not enforced, lives are put at risk and the epidemic of wage theft in construction that already costs taxpayers upwards of a billion dollars per year, only becomes more pervasive." The brief noted that this year, the California Legislature will consider a measure to extend reporting requirements under the California Public Records Act (CPRA) to private entities functioning as public awarding bodies in P3 arrangements (AB 2439). In effect, the law would give construction compliance organizations greater access to bid, project, contractor licensure and certified payroll information from contractors on these projects to ensure greater compliance with public works regulations. "Public-private partnerships in affordable housing and other public construction investments can support housing initiatives by transferring the cost and responsibility of construction oversight and administration, ongoing maintenance, and management to private entities," Petrucci concluded. "That said, it is clear that the public needs more tools to ensure that when private entities are entrusted with the stewardship of publicly funded projects, they are held accountable to the same rules that apply to more traditional public works arrangements."

​Jonathan "Ace" Katayangi is the Lafayette Parks, Trails & Recreation Director

Fri, Jul 19, 2024 12:41 EDT

Jonathan "Ace" Katayangi, is the City of Lafayette's Parks, Trails & Recreation Director ​ Meet Your Team This is a series of articles intended to introduce to the community key members of the City's Team of employees who serve Lafayette's residents through their respective positions and areas of expertise. Lafayette, Calif. -- Jonathan Katayangi has worked for the City of Lafayette since 1997, when he started as a hockey referee as a teenager. Now, as the City's Parks, Trails & Recreation Director, he manages several programs including Recreation Programs (preschool, childcare, camps, classes, and enrichment for all ages), Senior Services, Senior Transportation, Youth Services, and park-related services. He is also the staff liaison to the Parks, Trails & Recreation Commission, Parks Subcommittee, Trails Subcommittee, and Senior Services Commission. Katayangi says, "I've been a Recreation Leader, Coach, Referee, Camp Counselor, Party Host, Maintenance Worker, Building Attendant, Coordinator, and Supervisor, and finally became the PTR Director in 2016. I used the name 'Ace' as a counselor in a program where all the Recreation Leaders were required to use a 'Camp Name.' It got to the point that more people knew me as Ace than Jonathan, so when I became the Director, I was asked, 'Are you going to drop Ace?' and I replied, 'No way; Ace has had too much fun with the families of Lafayette, and he still has a lot of work to do.'" He wears a lot of hats. A typical day can include writing reports, creating content for the department, and working with the volunteer commissioners and staff. He is very fortunate to have four direct report staff members and sixteen volunteer Commissioners. His day involves collaborating with them and other City staff to achieve the goals of the Parks, Trails & Recreation Department. There are a lot of emails, phone calls, meetings, reports, agendas, and all the other things that come with working in City government, but the people, the staff, the volunteers, and the community center visitors keep that work vibrant and enriching. "My offices are at the Lafayette Community Center, so I often take work calls as I hike in the park, and I get to have my meetings in the same rooms the community enjoys their programs in." Katayanagi is thankful for the volunteer Commissioners, who are an extension of staff who help with reports, inspect trails, and track grant applications and opportunities. Katayangi says each day is a new adventure, "I am very lucky to have a strong team. Working Parks and Recreation in Lafayette is especially interesting because we also get to coordinate and collaborate with talented and interesting external organizations, including local non-profits, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, East Bay Regional Park District, Lafayette and Acalanes School Districts, and user groups like youth sports teams that utilize our parks and facilities." He is very happy to work in a community that supports Parks, Trails, and recreation programs and services. Many may not know that the Recreation Program budget is an enterprise fund. This means that while the General Fund pays for park and facility maintenance expenses, it does not subsidize the recreation programs, which are self-supporting. The Recreation Department can only exist with the community's support. "It is rewarding to know that the programs and services we provide are needed and wanted by the residents." The Senior Services Commission is working to create an age-friendly community, and a slogan that has come to life is 'From acorn to oak tree, Lafayette is age-friendly," explains Katayangi. "The Community Center is an age-friendly place, housing the Tiny Tots Preschool, senior center, playground, After School Awesome Care, the Spirit Van Transportation Program, and programs for all ages. Fundraisers, weddings, celebrations of life, concerts, dances...all these things happen at the Community Center, and I get to work here every day. I'm lucky", says Katayangi. With all the activities Katayangi performs for the City, he also makes time to serve as a member of the State of California's Park & Recreation Society. He loves volunteering at the annual Art & Wine festival and recently participated in the Lafayette Citizen's Police Academy and Lamorinda CERT training. Katayangi earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from U.C. Santa Cruz in 2005 after graduating with an A.A. degree from Diablo Valley College. For more information, email LafayetteListens@LoveLafayette.org, call (951) 685-2111, or visit https://www.lovelafayette.org. About The City of Lafayette Lafayette is a charming small community in Contra Costa County, 30 miles from The City of Oakland. It's known for its beautiful green hills, excellent schools, and miles of hiking trails, making it an attractive place to live. The City has a population of more than 25,000 highly educated residents, with 75.2% holding a bachelor's degree or higher. Additionally, 73.6% of the homes in Lafayette are owner-occupied. The median home value is $1,914,700, while the median household income is $219,250. The total area of the City is 15.22 square miles. For more information, email lafayettelistens@lovelafayette.org, call (951) 685-2111, or go to https://www.lovelafayette.org.

SGS Summarizes Stuffed Toy Manufacturing Act Update in Pennsylvania

Fri, Jul 19, 2024 08:47 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published a SafeGuardS detailing the US state of Pennsylvania's update to its 'Stuffed Toy Manufacturing Act', which now permits the use of recycled materials in stuffed toys manufactured and sold within the state. HB 1333 was signed into law on June 28, 2024, by Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro. It amends the 'Stuffed Toy Manufacturing Act' of 1961 and brings the state into line with global requirements for stuffed toys. Under the terms of the new law, manufacturers can manufacture and sell stuffed toys with recycled materials. They must also bear the following information: Statement indicating whether the material used in the manufacture of the stuffed toy is new, recycled, or a combination of both Registration number of the manufacturer or importer, assigned by the Commonwealth, preceded by the abbreviations "REG. NO. PA." SGS experts publish SafeGuardS to keep stakeholders informed of regulatory changes that could impact their business. SafeGuardS 112.24 gives further details of the new act and key information on labeling and manufacturer/importer registration numbers. It also includes details of SGS Green Certification Services to assist businesses in calculating and verifying recycled content in their products. SGS Toy & Juvenile Product Services SGS offers a wide range of services to ensure that products comply with relevant standards for childcare articles and children's equipment. They provide consulting, training, product development, testing, audit and inspection services to ensure that products comply with strict regulations worldwide, demonstrating the safety and quality of juvenile products being brought to the market. After all, it's only trusted because it's tested. Learn more about SGS's Toy & Juvenile Product Services. SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full Pennsylvania Updates 'Stuffed Toy Manufacturing Act' to Permit Use of Recycled Materials SafeGuardS. Subscribe here to receive SGS SafeGuardS direct to your inbox. For further information contact: Piyush Shah Technical Director, Hardlines Tel: (+1) 973 461 7953 Email: cp.media@sgs.com Website: www.sgs.com/hardlines LinkedIn: SGS Connectivity & Products

SGS Summarizes Mandatory Food Contact Product Standard Proposals in Thailand

Fri, Jul 19, 2024 08:38 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published a summary of three draft ministerial regulations issued by Thailand's Ministry of Industry and circulated by the World Trade Organization (WTO). If accepted, these regulations will create mandatory Thai Industrial Standards (TIS) for certain food contact materials (FCM) and articles. The proposed mandatory standards outlined in the SafeGuardS are: TIS 3206-25XX (20XX) 'Stainless Steel Utensils for Food: Safety Requirements' TIS 1027-25XX (20XX) 'Plastic Bags for Food' TIS 3022-25XX (20XX) 'Microwavable Food Plastic Bag for Reheating' SGS experts publish SafeGuardS to keep stakeholders informed about regulations that may impact their business. SafeGuardS 108.24 provides a useful overview of the proposals, including links to WTO documents 24-4677, 24-4812 and 24-4815, and more information on the three standards. It also contains a table with details of effective dates. Stakeholders are encouraged to refer to the original SafeGuardS 108.24 for more details. SGS Food Contact Material Services SGS's technical experts have extensive experience of testing materials and articles in contact with food. They can ensure that your products meet the appropriate regulations for food contact materials and pave the way for compliance. SGS offers the full range of testing, including migration tests, along with expert advice on emerging regulations, compliance issues and documentation review. In the end, it's only trusted because it's tested. Learn more about SGS's Food Contact Material Services. SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full Thailand Consults Over Mandatory Standards for Certain Food Contact Standards SafeGuardS. Subscribe here to receive SGS SafeGuardS direct to your inbox. For further information contact: Dr. HingWo Tsang Global Information and Innovation Manager Tel: (+852) 2774 7420 Rutchuporn Moungsom Laboratory Manager Tel: (+ 662) 481 5259 extension 6320 Email: cp.media@sgs.com Website: www.sgs.com/hardlines LinkedIn: SGS Connectivity & Products