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NAMA News – February 8, 2013

February 8, 2013

Inside this issue


New Representation on NAMA Board

General Mills, Inc. has named Ron Frick, Director, Wholesale Bakery Division to the NAMA Board of Directors. He replaces Greg Schlafer who will join ConAgra Foods on February 25 as president of its Lamb Weston frozen potato business.


NAMA Hosts CFATS Compliance Webinar

On February 4 NAMA hosted a one-hour webinar on the Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). NAMA members heard Steve Roberts, Homeland Security consultant to NAMA, discuss the latest developments in complying with the CFATS regulations.

The event was an update with lessons learned since the webinar Roberts conducted for NAMA in September of 2011.

If you would like a copy of the webinar slides, please contact Jim Bair at jbair@namamillers.org.


USDA Issues New “Competitive” School Food Rules

USDA released its proposed rules on standards pertaining to the nutritional quality of “competitive” foods and beverages sold on school campuses.  Competitive food and beverages are those offered in competition with the federally subsidized school meal, and are sold through vending machines, school stores, a la carte lunch lines, and snack bars. The proposal would not apply to in-school fundraisers or bake sales, though states already have the power to regulate them. The new rules also would not apply to after-school concessions.


FDA Extends Comment Period on Allergen Thresholds

FDA has extended the public comment period to May 13 for its December 14, 2012 Federal Register Notice requesting data and other information that it can use to design and carry out a quantitative risk assessment for establishing regulatory thresholds for major food allergens.  NAMA, working with a coalition of food and agriculture organizations, had requested an extension of the comment period.


FDA Announces Final Rule on Administrative Detention of Food

The FDA announced a final rule amending the criteria for administrative detention to prevent potentially unsafe food from reaching the marketplace. This action makes the criteria consistent with changes to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The final rule adopts the interim final rule “Criteria Used to Order Administrative Detention of Food for Human or Animal Consumption,” published in May 2011, without change. The interim final rule amended the criteria for ordering administrative detention to permit FDA to administratively detain food it believes is adulterated or misbranded. The interim final rule became effective in July 2011.

Before the passage of FSMA, FDA was able to detain a food product only when it had credible evidence that a food product presented a threat of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals. Under the final rule, the FDA can detain food if it believes that the food is adulterated or misbranded. The agency can keep the products out of the marketplace for a maximum of 30 days while the agency determines whether to take further enforcement action, such as seizure.


USDA releases Local and Regional Purchase Report on Food Aid

USDA has released an independent analysis of a 4 year pilot project authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill whereby Local and Regional food products (LRP) were procured, rather than importing ‘in-kind’ products from the US. The analysis compared costs, timeliness of delivery, local market impact, quality and comparison with in-kind food aid.  As expected, it concludes that timeliness and total cost of food products were significantly or marginally better than in-kind deliveries, but unlike the assertions of some of LRP critics, they did not find significant local market impacts from these relatively small LRP purchases.

Relative to processed grains (primarily corn meal) and Fortified and Blended Foods (similar to NAMA’s corn-soy blend), the report indicated a smaller cost benefit from LRP and did not take into account recent pre-positioning of such products to shorten the time to recipients for in-kind high nutrition foods.

This report has been anticipated and is expected to continue to influence Administration and Congressional opinions regarding in-kind food aid budgeting and programming.  NAMA’s International Trade Committee will be considering the impact of the report and other factors influencing food aid dialogues as the 2013 and 2014 budget process continues.

To view the full version of this report, go to:
http://www.namamillers.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/LRP-Report-12-03-12-TO-PRINT1.pdf

To only view the Executive Summary of this report, go to:
http://www.namamillers.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/LRP-Repor_Executive-Summary1.pdf


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