The Weekly Grind – January 24, 2014January 24, 2014
DAVID SCHMIDT TO KEYNOTE 2014 NAMA DIVISION MEETINGS
David Schmidt, president and CEO of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and Foundation, has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker during the March 2014 NAMA Division Meetings in Marco Island, Florida. Prior to joining IFIC in 1993, Mr. Schmidt served as the first Bush Administration’s director of external affairs for the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His presentation, “Alliance to Feed the Future: Nourishing a Growing Planet,” will take place Monday, March 10, during the general session. For more information on Mr. Schmidt, go to http://www.namamillers.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Schmidt_Bio1.pdf.
EARLY BIRD MEETING REGISTRATION ENDS FEBRUARY 3 – BOOK YOUR ROOMS BEFORE FEBRUARY 7
The 2014 NAMA Division Meetings at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida are quickly approaching. If you have not registered for the meetings, go to http://www.namamillers.org/meetings/2014-division-meetings/.There you will find registration forms, a preliminary program schedule and hotel and transportation information. Reserve your hotel room before February 7 to receive the NAMA discounted group room rate. The early bird meeting registration fee discount ends February 3.
N.H. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FAILS GMO LABELING BILL
On Wednesday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives, with a vote of 185-162, killed a bill that would have required genetically modified foods to be labeled. Representative Linda Lauer, D-Bath, said, “the reality is most of us are living every day with the benefits of genetic engineering.” She said the labeling required under the bill would not tell consumers what was in the food, only if the food has been genetically engineered.
To read the full The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)/The Associated Press article, go to http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/01/22/3554754/house-rejects-genetically-modified.html.
GENERAL MILLS SEEKS PATENT FOR LOW-CAL PASTA DOUGH
In a patent application published December 5, 2013, General Mills outlines the composition of a dough-based food product with reduced flour content for lower-calorie formulation of pastas and other extruded products. The resulting dough will be able to accommodate a variety of shapes, including various noodle and pasta shapes. To read the full article in Food Navigator, go to http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/General-Mills-seeks-to-patent-low-cal-pasta-dough.
WHEAT: THE STAFF OF LIFE
Marshall Matz, specialist in food and agriculture at OFW Law, submitted an opinion piece, “Wheat: The Staff of Life,” this week to Agri-Pulse discussing wheat as the most overlooked commodity produced in the United States. Go to http://www.agri-pulse.com/Matz-Wheat-Staff-of-life-Feb-2014.asp to view the full opinion.