9:00 AM CST
September 30, 2011
|Committee Members Present
John Miller, Miller Milling Company
Kris Lutz, ADM Milling Company
William Stoufer, ConAgra Foods
Dan Dye, Horizon Milling LLC/Cargill
Sheryl Stennett, Horizon Milling LLC/Cargill
Richard Siemer, Siemer Milling Company
John Gillcrist, Bartlett Milling Company
Elizabeth Arndt, ConAgra Foods
Mary Waters, NAMA President
Sherri Lehman, NAMA Director of Government Relations
There was discussion centering around the need for evaluating downstream (American Bakers Association, National Pasta Association) acceptance before moving forward, whether it should be mandatory or voluntary, and assessing the timeline and cost of FDA approval. There was also discussion on partnering with other organizations on the effort and on getting an initial reaction from FDA and from enrichment companies. The committee asked NAMA staff for background on who initiated the 1996 petition for folic acid approval.
The Committee members believe approval of a Vitamin D petition for flour would be positive news for enriched white flour and would benefit the entire category. This is a priority and should be pursued.
There was unanimous agreement that NAMA should move forward with gathering preliminary information (Stakeholder acceptance, time/cost estimates, demand, FDA input.) Mr. Miller offered a motion to direct NAMA staff to seek authority from the executive committee to proceed with initial steps and barring any unforeseen issues, move ahead on the project. Motion was accepted.
The Committee would like to have another conference call after the NAMA Annual meeting.
Director of Government Relations