The Weekly Grind – August 8, 2014August 8, 2014
NAMA SIGNS ONTO EPA EXTENSION REQUEST LETTER
On Tuesday, August 5th NAMA joined five other agriculture organizations in sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting an extension to the comment period on EPA’s proposed changes to dust rules for grain elevators. NAMA is part of a coalition working to respond to proposed amendments to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for grain elevators, and the letter argues that an extension is necessary since the current deadline of October 7th, 2014 falls within the busy harvest season when many industry experts are otherwise occupied. In addition to NAMA, the coalition includes the Corn Refiners Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Grain and Feed Association, National Oilseed Processors Association, and USA Rice Federation.
NAMA PRESIDENT PARTICIPATES IN 2014 WHEAT SAFARI
NAMA President and CEO Jim McCarthy participated in the Wheat Foods Council’s (WFC) “Wheat Safari” this week in Fargo, North Dakota. The Wheat Safari, mainly comprised of registered dietitians, food writers, and editors, is a way for food and nutrition influencers to learn about wheat foods and how it is produced by touring an actual wheat field, flour mill (North Dakota Mill), and pasta plant (Conte Luna). They also had the opportunity to tour the Northern Crops Institute and the North Dakota State University Wheat Breeding Labs. Three key presentations were given through out the experience from Julie Miller Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, Professor Emeritus, Foods and Nutrition, St. Catherine University; Brett Carver, PhD, wheat breeding and genetics professor at Oklahoma State University; and Glenn Gaesser, PhD, professor and director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University to convey science-based information on behalf of the WFC.
NAMA STAFF MEETS WITH FDA REGARDING NEXT STEPS FOR DON IN CODEX
NAMA Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Ben Boroughs and International Trade Consultant Paul Green met this week with senior staff members from both the Office of Food Safety at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the US delegation to the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF). The meeting, which included other US government delegation members was to discuss ongoing research highlighting the role of millers in the appropriate management of DON and other mycotoxins in the food supply in years where its prevalence spikes due to weather and environmental conditions. FDA requested additional data on both the incidence of DON and modern mitigation technologies, and will work with NAMA and other stakeholders on strategic messaging to avoid strict Maximum Levels (MLs) on DON that would discourage farmers from growing high quality grains, especially milling wheat.
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ISSUES REGULATIONS FOR GRAIN RAIL PERFORMANCE
The Canadian Transportation and Agriculture Ministries have issued regulations to implement the recently passed legislation that would hold Canadian railroads to minimum tonnage performance, in anticipation of continuing large grain crops. In announcing the regulations on August 1, they have extended the minimum tonnages for grain carriage by Canadian Pacific and Canadian National at the weekly levels that were announced by the government last winter, through November of this year. Although there had been discussion of corridor specific minimum mandates, the GOC has limited their mandates to overall car loadings. The government announcements are at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=872679
REMINDER TO GFF INVESTORS: UPCOMING BACK-TO-SCHOOL ROLL-OUT CONFERENCE CALL
The Grain Foods Foundation (GFF) would like to remind all of their investors about the upcoming “Back-to-School Roll-Out” conference call taking place next Thursday, August 14 at 1pm CST/2pm EST. Erin Healy from GFF’s Mullen team will give a tour of their 2014 Back-to-School online presence and a preview of their social media efforts in August and September. There will also be discussion of GFF’s participation with the Dietary Guidelines Alliance’s “It’s All About You” effort. The call will last about 30 minutes and call-in information will be circulated prior to the call.
ENFORCEMENT OF GLUTEN-FREE LABELING RULE KICKS IN FDA Law Blog, By Ricardo Carvajal, August 6, 2014
FDA is set to start enforcing its gluten-free labeling rule. To make sure you didn’t miss the onset of the compliance deadline of August 5, FDA issued reminders in the form of a Constituent Update and a blog posting by Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor. FDA also included a reminder in the most recent edition of CFSAN’s News for Educators, which asserts that “an estimated 5 percent of foods currently labeled ‘gluten-free’ contain 20 ppm or more of gluten.”
To view the full FDA blog post, visit http://www.fdalawblog.net/fda_law_blog_hyman_phelps/2014/08/enforcement-of-gluten-free-labeling-rule-kicks-in-.html.