25 Nov 2010 --- The consumer has a right to know that all food that they purchase has been produced, transported and offered for sale under the same food safety requirements.
25 Nov 2010 --- As the Senate continues debate on S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, the United Fresh Produce Association and produce industry allies are continuing to build opposition to an amendment offered by Senator Jon Tester of Montana exempting small farms and business operations from basic federal food safety requirements. Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, offered the following comments:
“The fresh produce industry has long supported food safety modernization with industry leaders testifying to that effect before Congressional committees numerous times. But, we have also consistently stated that food safety policy must be based on risk and science, not speculation and ideology. Unfortunately, Senator Tester’s amendment would reject a risk-based approach to food safety, setting up a federal food safety system that adheres to arbitrary exemptions rather than to sound scientific principles.
“United Fresh joined with 19 other produce organizations to send the Senate a strong statement of our opposition to the Tester amendment.
“As stated in our letter, comments from Senator Tester and supporters are now making it abundantly clear that their cause is not to argue that small farms pose less risk, but to wage an ideological war against the vast majority of American farmers who devote their personal commitment to feeding 300 million Americans every day. We are appalled at statements by Senator Tester reported in the Capital Press that “Small producers are not raising a commodity, but are raising food. Industrial agriculture, he said, takes the people out of the equation." This is simply hogwash, and should insult not only the farmers of America, but the intelligence of members of Congress.
“The consequences of inadequate food safety precautions have no boundaries as to size of operation, geography, nor whether the product is sold at a farm stand or grocery store. The consumer has a right to know that all food that they purchase has been produced, transported and offered for sale under the same food safety requirements.”
FAO: Large Increase in 2013 World Cereal Output Expected
06 Dec 2013 --- World cereal production will reach a new high of almost 2 500 million tonnes, including rice in milled terms, according to new FAO estimates. The figure is almost 8.4 percent more than last year and some 6 percent above the previous record in 2011, according to the latest issue of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report.
Wilmar International Announces No Deforestation Policy on Palm Oil
06 Dec 2013 --- Wilmar International, Asia’s leading agribusiness group, and global consumer goods leader Unilever have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to accelerate sustainable market transformation for palm oil. In parallel, and key part of the MoU, Wilmar launched a new “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” policy that aims to advance an environmentally and socially responsible palm oil industry.
FDF: Investment in Exports and Skills Will Stimulate Industry Growth
06 Dec 2013 --- Responding to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) welcomed the extra £50bn in export finance and the increased budget for the GREAT campaign as well as a further boost to apprenticeships and science and engineering skills.
Food Ingredients News
Stevia First Corp. Announces Pilot-Scale Production of California-Grown Organic Stevia Extract
06 Dec 2013 --- Stevia First Corp., an early-stage agribusiness based in California's Central Valley growing region and focused on the industrial scale production of stevia, the all-natural zero-calorie sweetener that is rapidly transforming the food and beverage industry, is pleased to announce initial pilot project results in support of organic stevia extract production in the United States.