Not only does CFIC represent the retail grocery industry before the General Assemblies in Raleigh and Columbia, but CFIC also works closely with the following agencies:
- The North and South Carolina Departments of Agriculture on issues related to food safety;
- The Departments of Revenue on tax-related issues;
- The Department of Social Services (SC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (NC) on issues related to WIC and SNAP;
- The North Carolina ABC Commission and South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division on alcohol-permitting issues; and
- The North and South Carolina Emergency Management Divisions to assist our members during times of disaster.
Because of minimum inventory requirements and the strict list of allowable products, WIC generates many questions from CFIC grocer members. Federal rules require that all states implement eWIC by October 1, 2020. North Carolina anticipates implemented eWIC statewide in 2018 and South Carolina anticipates statewide implementation by February 2020. Both state agencies host regular meetings for retailers. For additional information, contact CFIC staff (919) 832-0811.
CFIC staff closely follows Food Safety issues in both states. Both states operate under variations of the FDA 2009 Model Food Code and require that each store designate a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). To become a CFPM, visit CFIC’s education portal here and click “Catalog” for the Guide to Food Safety Online, which is designed to teach the base knowledge required for a certified food safety manager and helps to prepare managers for the national certification examination. This adaptation of the textbook of the same name offers an online equivalent to a sixteen-hour manager certification training workshop. Pair the online course with the food safety manager examination for a complete program to certify food safety managers.