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The Weekly Grind – May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014

NAMA NEWS

FOOD AND AG GROUPS REQUEST EXTENSION ON SANITARY TRANSPORTATION OF HUMAN AND ANIMAL FOOD RULE

NAMA, along with over 20 food and agriculture organizations, submitted a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a 90-day extension on the comment period for its proposed rule on “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food.”  If granted, the new comment period would extend to August 20, 2014, allowing additional time for closer analysis of the complex rule.

To view a copy of the letter, visit http://www.namamillers.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Joint-Request-for-Extension-of-Comment-Period-for-FDA-Proposed-Rule-on-Sanitary-Transportation-of-Human-and-Animal-Food1.pdf.

MCCARTHY TOURS WILKINS ROGERS MILLS

On Wednesday, President and CEO Jim McCarthy visited Wilkins Rogers Mills in Ellicott City, Maryland to tour their flour mill.  While there, he met with Tom Rogers, Co-CEO of Wilkins Rogers Mills and discussed various NAMA issues.  McCarthy grew up in Washington, D.C. not far from Wilkins Rogers’ Washington Flour Mill.  He shared his memories of their great flour products, particularly Washington Flour’s Popover Mix.


INDUSTRY NEWS

NGFA AND FDA TO OFFER FOOD DEFENSE AWARENESS WORKSHOP

This year, in coordination with their Safety Conference co-sponsored by Grain Journal, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is offering a free Food and Defense Awareness Workshop on July 29, 2014 at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City Missouri.  Separate registration is needed to attend this workshop and only the first 100 people to sign up will get to participate.  The goal of the full-day workshop is to provide members of the food industry with an understanding of food defense, the tools and resources available, and to walk participants through a series of exercises on how to create a food defense plan for their facilities.  For more information on this workshop and how to register, visit http://www.ngfa.org/events/upcoming-events/ngfa-grain-journal-safety-conference/.

VERMONT BECOMES FIRST U.S. STATE TO MANDATE GMO LABELING
Reuters, By Carey Gillam, May 8, 2014

Vermont on Thursday became the first U.S. state to mandate labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms as Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law that is widely expected to be challenged in court by some food and agriculture companies.

The law, set to take effect July 1, 2016, would for the first time align at least a small part of the United States with more than 60 other countries that require labeling of genetically engineered foods. And it sets the stage for more than two dozen other states that are currently considering mandatory labeling of such GMO foods.  To view the full Reuters article visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/08/usa-gmo-labeling-idUSL2N0NU1R720140508.

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