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The Weekly Grind – December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013

INDUSTRY NEWS

SENATE PASSES BUDGET DEAL

The Senate passed a two-year budget deal on Wednesday with a final vote of 64-36. Nine Republicans voted with the 55 members of the Democratic caucus.   The House of Representatives passed the same two-year budget deal last week.  The bill now goes to the President for his signature. To view the Washington Post article regarding this bill, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-poised-to-pass-bipartisan-budget-agreement/2013/12/18/54fd3a1a-6807-11e3-a0b9-249bbb34602c_story.html.

USDA UPDATES FEED GRAINS DATABASE

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated its database, which contains statistics on four feed grains, foreign coarse grains, hay, and related items.  Data are monthly, quarterly, and/or annual depending upon the data series.  For more information, go to http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/feed-grains-database.aspx – .UrHU4DlkCQI.

THE HASSLE OF GLUTEN FREE FOODS

In a December 16 article of the Wall Street Journal, “Gluten Free is Far From Hassle Free,” many chain restaurants say that ensuring food is gluten free is difficult because in the chaos of commercial kitchens, ingredients can easily mix.  Restaurants continue to struggle to produce dishes that meet increasingly strict requirements from customers and government regulators.

To view the full article, go to http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB20001424052702304579404579234201223974792.

PANEL DELIVERS SCIENTIFIC OPINION ON RISKS OF HUMAN HEALTH RELATED TO DON LEVELS FOR FLOUR, SEMOLINA, MEAL AND FLAKES 

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on the risks of public health related to an increase in maximum DON levels in flour, semolina, meal and flakes derived from wheat, maize or barley used as an ingredient.  To view the results of this scientific opinion, go to http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3490.htm.

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