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July 20, 2010 FOODBUSINESS NEWS NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY Compound in Kellogg cereal packaging identified BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - The substance found in packaging liners of more than 28 million boxes of Kellogg Co.'s cereal in June has been identified as methylnaphthalene, a petroleum-based compound. "Working with external experts in medicine, toxicology, public health, chemistry and food safety, we identified elevated levels of hydrocarbons, including methylnaphthalene, normally found in the paraffin wax and film in the liners," said J. Adaire Putnam, director of corporate communications at Kellogg. "This specific wax is commonly used as a protective coating for foods, including cheese, raw fruits and vegetables, and is approved by the F.D.A." Ms. Putnam said methylnaphthalene is Continued on Page 8 G.M.A. study highlights need for innovation in tough consumer environment Counting calories on menus WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on July 7 opened a 60day public comment period to solicit views on how it should implement the section in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 that requires chain restaurants and similar businesses to disclose nutrient content information for standard menu items appearing on restaurant menus and menu boards. The legislation requires the F.D.A. to issue proposed regulations to carry out the section no later than March 23, 2011, or one year after the law's enactment. Those regulations then will be finalized through a formal rulemaking process. Section 4205 of the health care act Continued on Page 19 Story on Page 13 Simplifying sustainability Global consumer goods group develops framework, measurement system for trading partners ommon language, including definitions and principles, agreed metrics and indicators on guidance and usage, will be key factors as food and beverage manufacturers tackle packaging and sustainability in the years ahead, according to a new report from the Consumer Goods Forum (C.G.F.). The report, "A Global Language for C Packaging and Sustainability," is the first study to be released by the C.G.F.'s sustainability working group and draws on the experiences of executives from more than 650 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other stakeholders in 70 countries. Based in Paris with regional offices in Washington, Singapore, Tokyo and Shanghai, the C.G.F. was created in June 2009 by the merger of CIES - The Food Business Forum, the Global Commerce Initiative and the Global CEO Forum. The Grocery Manufacturers Association is among those who contributed to the report. In its initial 24-page report, the C.G.F. highlighted the role of packaging, the principles of sustainability, how packaging may contribute to improving sustainability and the implementation of pilot programs. "Our industry has a responsibility to review the packaging it uses and to ensure Continued on Page 30

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