Food Business News - Nov 22, 2005 - (Page 1)

FoodBusinessNews November 22, 2005 NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY F.D.A. denies lycopene health claim, faces legislative initiative 16 24 Marketing soy as more than medicine 40 MARKET WATCH ROCKVILLE, MD. - In a letter responding to the qualified health claim petition submitted by the Lycopene Health Claim Coalition (L.H.C.C.), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration partially denied linking intake of lycopene with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Lycopene is a red carotenoid pigment chiefly found in tomatoes and palm oils. In the body, lycopene may be found in reproductive organs and blood. The L.H.C.C. had submitted 11 potential versions of a health claim. In its conclusion, the F.D.A. stated it had found "no credible evidence to support a qualified health claim for tomato lycopene." However, the F.D.A. did not completely disregard the claims, responding to each by stating that although the evidence was inconclusive, lycopene may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Finally, the F.D.A. stated that "Very limited and preliminary scientific research suggest that eating one-half to Continued on Grain-based foods slowly gain momentum Leading flour miller: 'Downward trend is over.' from 1995 and 3% from 2004. After what has generally been regarded as its most difficult period in more than 50 years, grain-based foods appear to be attracting consumers in growing numbers. At the recent annual meeting of the North American Millers' Federation, the top executive of the nation's largest milling company brimmed with confidence. "The downward trend in flour consumption is over," said NAMA chairman Guy Shoemaker, president and chief executive of Horizon Milling L.L.C. (a partnership between Cargill, Inc. and CHS Inc.), Minneapolis. "We're at the beginning of a turnaround." Mr. Shoemaker's words were validated a few days later. In the quarterly report of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of the Census, flour production was up from the same quarter of 2004. The quarter was the first in the past six in which output exceeded year earlier production. Bakers are similarly upbeat about prospects. In addition to benefiting from rapidly fading interest in low-carbohydrate dieting, structural changes in the baking industry Continued on Page 30

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