General Mills announced a new organizational structure for its senior management team. Ken Powell was elected president and chief operating officer and became a member of the company's board of directors. Jim Lawrence was named vice chairman of General Mills and continues to serve as the company's chief financial officer.
National Uniformity debate goes on Consumer advocates and a recently retired FDA official lined up against the proposed National Uniformity for Food Act at a late July Congressional hearing. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions heard from former FDA employee William Hubbard, who praised the current federal-state partnership that he said effectively monitors the safety of the nation's food supply.
Wireless technology, the networking backbone in homes and offices around the world, is about to see widespread adoption where it will have a profound impact: on the plant floor and out in the field. The wireless market was $325.7 million in 2005 and is forecasted to be more than $1 billion in 2010, according to ARC Advisory Group.
The US Department of Agriculture will soon transition to an ongoing Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance program that corresponds to the extremely low prevalence of the disease in the US.
The board of directors for the Food Products Association (FPA) and the executive committee of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have agreed, in principle, to merge the two organizations effective January 1, 2007.