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FoodBusinessNews ® NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY December 11, 2007 F.D.A. subcommittee says U.S. food supply at risk Impressive Heinz recovery continues in quarter 10 Oldways making headway with whole grains 25 New chef in town: men and home cooking 30 H MARKET WATCH WASHINGTON - America's food supply is resentatives together with Senate Democrats at risk, as are the regulatory led by Dick Durbin of Illinois, systems in place to oversee called for increased F.D.A. the nation's drug and device funding. The Senate Democrats supplies, according to a subunveiled plans for bipartisan committee of the Food and legislation aimed at bolstering Drug Administration's (F.D.A.) the agency. A Dec. 6 letter from Science Board in a report pre23 senators, including several sented Dec. 3. The subcomRepublicans, to President Bush, mittee attributed the deficienalso emphasized the need for cies to soaring demands on greater F.D.A. funding. the F.D.A. and resources that The result of a year-long have not increased in proporreview by a panel of experts, tion to those demands. the F.D.A. subcommittee's The study's authors conclud- Senator Dick Durbin 300-page report concluded the ed "this imbalance is imposing a of Illinois state of the F.D.A.'s scientific significant risk to the integrity of and regulatory programs could the food, drug, cosmetic and device regulatory not be separated from the lack of resourcsystem, and hence the safety of the public." es. The report urged the addition of funds Continued on Page 18 Reacting to the report, food industry rep- Minneapolis wheat futures (basis December contract) per bu $11.00 Food industry, American Medical Association square off over salt $9.25 $7.50 $5.75 $4.00 Dec. Feb. April June Aug. 2006 2007 F.D.A. direction uncertain after another round in longstanding dispute Oct. Dec. Minneapolis wheat futures traded above $10 for the first time ever. W WASHINGTON - Disputants in the longs standing controversy over whether the F Food and Drug Administration should remove from salt its "generally recognized as safe" status and instead regulate it as a food additive voiced their positions during a Nov. 29 hearing. The F.D.A. convened the hearing in response to the most recent petition of the Center for Science in the Public Interest calling on the agency to revise the regulatory status of salt and establish special labeling requirements for salt and sodium. The F.D.A. betrayed no indication it planned to revoke salt's GRAS status or adopt labeling changes. Among those providing testimony were Dr. Robert Earl, senior director of nutrition policy of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and Dr. Stephen Havas, vicepresident for science and public health at the American Medical Association. Mr. Earl, G.M.A.'s senior director of nutrition policy, said, "There is absolutely Continued on Page 22

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