Last week, the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) released a set of compliance guidelines to help its members and other industry businesses satisfy consumer product labeling regulations. Created by a joint ANLA and Society of American Florists (SAF) task force, the guidelines present recommendations for green-industry-specific solutions for meeting compliance requirements. The guidelines will be mailed to ANLA members later this month and are available to the public online at www.anla.org .
The joint task force was formed earlier this year to research the implications of a weights and measures complaint lodged in Pennsylvania. The complaint addressed accurate reporting of container size. This complaint was made as several other weights and measures jurisdictions around the United States had already begun to examine the green industry for container labeling requirement compliance. ANLA, along with other industry associations including SAF, OFA, the North American Horticultural Supply Association and the Produce Marketing Association, met with regulatory advisers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology over the past year to understand the ramifications of this increased attention. That work has resulted in the creation of compliance guidelines.
ANLA has undertaken this work to provide its members and the industry tools to comply with these regulations and avoid the potential of significant fines. ANLA and the other associations will serve as resources for their members and are available to provide additional guidance and clarity on how these regulations apply specifically to their businesses. For more information on all of the recent happennings about the current weights and measures situtation see the January 2005 issue of GPN’s sister magazine Lawn & Garden Retailer for an article about the topic by ANLA’s Jonathan Bardzik.