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The Weekly Grind – May 2, 2014

May 2, 2014

NAMA NEWS

NAMA HOSTS JAPANESE FLOUR MILLING EXECUTIVES

NAMA President and CEO Jim McCarthy and International Trade Consultant Paul Green met with representatives of a delegation of Japanese flour milling executives during their annual trip to the US, sponsored by the US Wheat Associates. NAMA briefed them on food safety, biotechnology labeling, and transportation issues affecting US millers. The Japanese delegation spoke about the effect of transportation snafus on their supply chain, the wheat biotechnology event discovery that is still costing the Japanese millers for mandatory testing, and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations.

CHINA IMPLEMENTING CERTIFICATION AND AUDITS FOR WHEAT BRAN EXPORTS UNDER DECREE 118

China has notified the US Government of the plans for their plant quarantine and inspection agency, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), to require certifications and possibly audits for exports of certain grain products, including wheat bran under a newly issued Decree 118. The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of USDA is negotiating the terms of the certification at this time, but it appears that only self-declaration of the use of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) will be required to continue exporting. FAS informs NAMA that companies choosing to certify are subject to future audits at the Chinese government’s prerogative. NAMA told FAS that we are not aware of how many US millers export bran to China, if any, but we agreed to publicize the requirement and availability of the registration to our members. US export data showed $238,000 in wheat bran exports to China in 2013 and only $10,000 in 2012, but 2011 data shows $4 million in bran exports. Any NAMA member seeking more information should contact NAMA’s International Trade Consultant Paul Green at pbgreendc@gmail.com for further information.

NAMA ATTENDS NAWG RECEPTION

NAMA President and CEO Jim McCarthy and International Trade Consultant Paul Green attended the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Foundation reception this week and met with various NAWG Foundation Board Members.  The current state of the Wheat Innovation Alliance was a main topic of discussion among others.


INDUSTRY NEWS

THE TRUTH ABOUT GLUTEN
Florida Courier, Family Features, May 1, 2014

Celebrities, athletes, talk show hosts and nearly 30 percent of people say they are turning to gluten-free diets to solve health issues from “foggy mind” to bloating and obesity. But before you throw out the flour or start embracing all things non-wheat, barley and rye, it’s important to consider that nutrition experts do not advocate a gluten-free diet for most people. In fact, at least 93 percent of people — and probably many more — are completely healthy and happy following a diet that includes wheat and its protein, gluten. To view more of this Family Features article in the Florida Courier, visit http://flcourier.com/2014/05/01/the-truth-about-gluten/.

VERMONT BECOMES FIRST MOVER ON GMO LABELING
Associations Now, By Ernie Smith, April 28, 2014

There are no conditions on Vermont’s efforts to regulate genetically modified organisms: Unlike other Northeastern states, where GMO labeling laws are contingent on what their neighbors do, Vermont will go it alone when its law goes into effect in 2016. The bill passed on the backs of the local grassroots, but state and national groups have major concerns. The debate over the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods has a new ground zero. Vermont, home of Ben & Jerry’s (a company that supports GMO labeling and is making many of its products GMO-free), is on its way to becoming the first state to mandate labels on foods that contain GMOs.

For more on this Associations Now article, visit http://associationsnow.com/2014/04/vermont-becomes-first-mover-gmo-labeling/?utm_source=AN+Daily+News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20140429+Tuesday.

TOP 5 USDA DISCOVERIES OF 2013, INCLUDING WEIGHT-LOSS FLOUR
Washington Post, By Josh Hicks, April 24, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture claims to have fostered countless innovations in its time, from frozen orange juice concentrate and permanent-press clothing to mass-produced penicillin and almost all breeds of blueberries and cranberries in production today. Each year, the agency issues its dryly named “Report on Technology Transfers,” which outlines scientific breakthroughs that came about through USDA research, largely conducted with help from outside organizations such as universities and small businesses. To view the full Washington Post article, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/04/24/top-5-usda-discoveries-of-2013-including-weight-loss-flour/.

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