The Weekly Grind – November 15, 2013November 15, 2013
VIDEO PROVIDES ACCURATE INFORMATION ON GLUTEN
On November 4th, the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) posted a “Consuming Evidence” video about gluten on www.bestfoodfacts.org. CFI is promoting the video through social media and the CFI newsletter, which goes to nearly 100,000 consumers. The grain chain is also promoting the video through their communication channels as well. We hope that it will contribute to the combined food system effort to provide accurate information about gluten to help consumers make informed choices. Links to the video are on NAMA’s website (www.namamillers.org) in the homepage “In the News” box and on NAMA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NAMAmillers).
NAMA SUBMITS COMMENTS TO FDA
In spite of website glitches, NAMA was able to submit comments yesterday on FDA’s proposed rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food. NAMA developed comments with the collaboration of food safety and technical committee member input. The deadline for submission is today, November 15. To view a pdf of NAMA’s submitted comments, go to http://www.namamillers.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/NAMA-Comment-on-notice-re-preventive-controls-11-13-131.pdf.
FSMA COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED
FDA announced they will be extending the comment period deadline for an additional 60 days for two major FSMA rules in the risk-based suite – the proposed Foreign Supplier Verification Program and Third-Party Audit Certification. These comment periods were originally scheduled to close November 26.
FDA OPENS TRANS FAT COMMENT PERIOD
FDA opened a 60-day comment period on Measure to Further Reduce Trans Fat in Processed Foods. The FDA is seeking data on whether it should finalize its tentative determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHO) are no longer GRAS; and how long it will take producers to reformulate food products to eliminate PHOs. For more information, go to http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm373925.htm.
ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY IN WHEAT
NAMA chairman Jim Meyer, Italgrani U.S.A., Inc., Don Mennel, Mennel Milling Company and NAMA vice president Jim Bair, participated in the November 7 annual member meeting of the Wheat Innovation Alliance in Portland, OR. WIA is the coalition effort of growers, NAMA, bakers and technology providers to promote biotechnology as a means of growing more and better wheat, and preparing the marketplace for its eventual commercialization.
GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION RELEASES STATEMENT ON I-522 ELECTION RESULTS IN WASHINGTON STATE
Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of Grocery Manufacturers Association, said they are pleased that the voters of Washington State rejected I-522, a costly proposal that would have misled consumers, raised the price of groceries and would have done nothing to improve food safety. To read the full article, go to http://www.gmaonline.org/news-events/newsroom/gma-statement-regarding-i-522-election-results-in-washington-state/.
BOULDER BRANDS SAYS GLUTEN-FREE OUTSELLING OTHER BREAD
Boulder Brands CEO, Steve Hughes, predicts within 3-5 years, 5-10% of all wheat-based categories will be gluten-free or will go away. His prediction is based off of top gluten-free brands, Udis and Glutino, gaining a combined net sales growth of 53% in the last quarter. To read the full article, go to http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Markets/Boulder-Brands-5-10-of-US-wheat-based-categories-are-going-to-be-gluten-free-in-3-5-years.