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FoodBusinessNews ® NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY McDona McDonald's income rises 80% in '08 February 3, 2009 P.C.A. expands recall, denies allegations Federal and state officials call for a criminal investigation 16 Heart health headway 2 27 Redefining breakfast 38 MARKET WATCH Change in sweetener deliveries in 1,000 tons, refined (sugar), dry weight (HFCS) HFCS Sum of industrial deliveries and direct imports 2007 The P.C.A. recall has involved numerous companies and may be the largest ever. has been in business since 1976. "Additionally, we are working alongside state and federal food safety experts in every way we can to help them protect consumers, both now and in the future." Earlier on Jan. 28, the F.D.A. released Continued on Page 10 880 Probiotic validation evolves 479 -340 LYNCHBURG, VA. - The recall of products manufactured by the Peanut Corporation of America (P.C.A.) at its Blakely, Ga., facility went from bad to worse Jan. 28 when the company announced it was recalling all products manufactured at the plant from Jan. 1, 2007, to the present. In a separate statement, the company also denied Food and Drug Administration allegations that it did not manufacture its products at the Blakely plant using good manufacturing practices. The expanded recall includes all peanuts, dry and oil roasted, granulated peanuts, peanut meal, peanut butter and peanut paste. It is unclear how much actual product is still in the supply chain, but F.D.A. officials said it may be one of the largest food product recalls the agency has had to address. "We have been devastated by this, and we have been working around the clock with the F.D.A. to ensure any potentially unsafe products are removed from the market immediately," said Stewart Parnell, president of the P.C.A., a privately-held company that -648 2008 Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture High-fructose corn syrup use declines as sugar use rises. Research finds ways to identify strains and prove their survivability B eneficial microbes such as probiotics have some evolving to do. "Right now it's relatively primitive," said Dr. Gregor Reid, a professor of microbiology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. Scientists over the next 10 to 20 years may find more individualized options for probiotic strains, such as which ones work better in older people and which ones in younger people, which ones are better for you in the winter and which ones in the summer, Dr. Reid said. The quality of scientific studies already has improved over the past couple of years and featured more double-blind studies, said Peggy Steele, global business director for Danisco. Studies soon may become more specific. Several have shown how probiotic strains may improve digestive health, and future studies probably will further examine other digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome (I.B.S.), she said. Danisco Continued on Page 33

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