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FoodBusinessNews ® NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY General Mills and Curves align May 15, 2007 Consumer confidence in food safety down, F.M.I. says 15 Acheson named 'food safety czar' 17 Mooooving more milk 27 CHICAGO - The constant stream of news related to food safety events, such as E. coli tainted spinach, peanut butter contaminated with Salmonella, and melamine in pet food and livestock feed has taken a toll on consumer confidence, according to the Food Marketing Institute's U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends, 2007, which was released at the F.M.I. Show on May 7. The number of consumers "completely" or "somewhat confident" in the safety of supermarket food declined from 82% in 2006 to 66% in 2007, the lowest point since 1989 when the issues of pesticides in apples and contaminated grapes were widely reported. The survey found consumer confidence in restaurant food to be even lower, at 43%. "These findings send a strong message to Continued on Page 19 MARKET WATCH California almond production in million lbs 2007 1,310 1,115 2006 Wheat flour was the contaminated pet food ingredient 1,090 2002 1997 Contamination confusion 759 Source: California Field Office, U.S.D.A. Almond crop forecast to be up 17% from 2006 and the largest ever. WASHINGTON - As Congress considered measures to address mounting concerns over human and pet food safety, Dr. David Acheson, the Food and Drug Administration's newly appointed assistant commissioner for food protection, revealed during a telephone news conference May 8 that what was thought to be wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate contaminated with melamine in China and subsequently used to manufacture some pet foods in the U.S. and Canada was in fact wheat flour. The contaminated pet foods caused the death of hundreds or even thousands of cats and dogs. "We have discovered that these products, labeled wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate, are, we believe, mislabeled, and that they actually contain wheat flour that is contaminated with melamine and melaminerelated compounds," Dr. Acheson said. Dr. Acheson emphasized the contaminated wheat flour mislabeled by Chinese manufacturers or exporters as wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate was not used as an ingredient in food products meant to be directly consumed by humans. "We are not talking about a new set of Continued on Page 22

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