Food Business News - Sep 29, 2009 - (Page 1)

FoodBusinessNews ® NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY Dannon settles class-action suit September 29, 2009 F.M.I. launches Rapid Recall Exchange 12 Defining natural ... again 18 Filtering the food aisle 24 2 MARKET WATCH U.S. red meat production in million lbs Beef ARLINGTON, VA. - The Food Marketing Institute has a new food safety recall service called Rapid Recall Exchange (R.R.E.), an on-line food and product recall system designed to enable its users to quickly respond to a recall. The R.R.E. was commissioned by the F.M.I. associate member advisory board and developed by GS1 U.S., a non-profit organization focused on standards-based global supply-chain issues. The new service replaces F.M.I.'s Product Recall Portal, which was developed in collaboration with the Grocery Manufacturers Association. The Product Recall Portal allowed companies issuing recalls to send information directly to retailers, wholesalers and food service organizations via the Internet. The new on-line service accomplishes the same tasks and more thanks to numerous additions and upgrades, said Jon Mellor, director, External Affairs, GS1 U.S. The R.R.E. is subscriber-based and uses Sun Microsystems - with Oracle and Java - as its platform. It has two-way communication capability for recall receivers to Continued on Page 8 Pork Aug. 2009 2,266.8 1,868.4 Aug. 2008 2,184.2 1,803.9 Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture August pork production, up 4% from last year, was record high. Sugar-sweetened beverages in hot seat N.E.J.M. article calls for tax; U.C.L.A. study links beverages to obesity BOSTON - Concluding "the science base linking the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to the risk of chronic disease is clear," an article published on-line by the New England Journal of Medicine Sept. 16 and authored by several prominent public health officials, proposes taxation of the beverages with the revenue generated going to public health initiatives. The American Beverage Association called the suggestion an "ineffective approach." The authors of the N.E.J.M. paper, who include Kelly D. Brownwell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University; Thomas Farley, New York City's health commissioner; Walter C. Willett, chair of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health; and Barry M. Popkin, professor of nutrition at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, among others, said a federal tax of 1c per Continued on Page 15

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