The Weekly Grind – November 22, 2013November 22, 2013
SAVE THE DATE FOR NAMA’S DIVISION MEETINGS
Save the date, March 8-11, 2014, for the NAMA Division Meetings in Marco Island, Florida.
- Corn Division Meeting, March 8-10, 2014
- Oat Division Meeting, March 8-10, 2014
- Soft Wheat Division Meeting, March 9-11, 2014
Registration will open in December. Hotel room reservations can be made now. Go to http://www.namamillers.org/meetings/2014-division-meetings/2014-division-meetings-hotel-information/ for more information.
GFF MARKETING COMMITTEE MEETS IN BOSTON
NAMA president James A. McCarthy attended the Grain Foods Foundation (GFF) Marketing Committee meeting in Boston this week to review GFF’s marketing strategy with PR firm, Mullen, and prepare for the February GFF Advisory Board meeting in Washington, D.C.
WFC DEFENDS ENRICHED FLOUR IN LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE WASHINGTON POST
In the November 18 issue of the Washington Post, Casey Seidenburg’s article, More Healthful Alternatives to Baking With White Flour, referred to white flour as “the white devil.” The article was published in the Local Living section of the Washington Post. NAMA notified the Wheat Foods Council (WFC) and Grain Foods Foundation about the article. WFC’s president, Judi Adams, responded with a strong and very well written letter to the editor of the Washington Post. To view the letter, go to http://www.wheatfoods.org/sites/default/files/atachments/washington-post-white-flour-article-response-nov-2013.pdf.
NAMA AND CNMA ADVOCATE REGULATORY ALIGNMENT
In a November 5 letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget, NAMA and the Canadian National Millers Association asked for consideration of alignment of the U.S. and Canadian regulatory approaches to food safety. The differing rules of the U.S. and Canada are an impediment to full realization of an open border and critical trade in grains and their products. To view the letter, go to http://www.namamillers.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/NAMA-CNMA-submission-to-RCC1.pdf.
COALITION ASKS PRESIDENT FOR AG EXPERTISE ON CFTC
A broad coalition of organizations representing agricultural interests, including NAMA, recently sent a letter to President Obama asking him to appoint a new commissioner with knowledge of agriculture to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. There are five seats on the CFTC, and the President appoints commissioners. No more than three can be from one political party. There is currently one vacancy, with two more to occur soon. The President has nominated people to fill two of the chairs, but Senate confirmation votes won’t take place until early 2014.
To view the full letter, go to http://www.namamillers.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Ag-Coalition-on-CFTC-Appointments-11-12-131.pdf
FDA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD ON TWO PROPOSED RULES
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the commenting period on two proposed rules:
1) Foreign supplier and verification programs for importers of food for humans and animals (http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm361902.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery)
2) Accreditation of third-party auditors/certification bodies to conduct safety audits and to issue certifications (http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm361903.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery)
Comments on these two proposed rules, as well as comments on the information collection provisions association with these rules, may be submitted until January 27, 2014.
FDA HOLDS FIRST PUBLIC MEETING ON ANIMAL FOOD RULE
On November 21, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held its first public meeting on the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) proposed rule on preventive controls for animal food facilities. The meeting is designed to solicit oral stakeholder and public comments on the proposed rules, inform the public about the rulemaking, and respond to questions about the proposed rules. FDA will hold two additional public meetings on the following dates:
- Monday, Nov. 25 in Chicago, IL (for information on this meeting, go to http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm368988.htm)
- Friday, Dec. 6 in Sacramento, CA (for information on this meeting, go to http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm371844.htm)
FREE FSMA WEBINAR TO BE HOSTED BY AFIA, NGFA AND FEEDSTUFFS
A free webinar addressing current good manufacturing practices and hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for food for animals is being hosted by the American Feed Industry Association, National Grain and Feed Association and Feedstuffs on Wednesday, December 11. For more information, go to http://globalmilling.com/afia-ngfa-feedstuffs-to-host-free-fsma-webinar/.