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.
The restaurant industry says it is being singling out in the debate over obesity in a new FDA report that focuses on food consumed away from home as a key element of the problem. The report recommends that restaurants reduce portion sizes and provide consumers with more information about calories.
Bush Brothers & Co. is investing $38 million to expand its Chestnut Hill, TN, operation. The processing capacity of the current 200,000-sq.-ft. facility will be doubled and include a building addition of 40,000 sq. ft. for a new sterilizing system.
California and several other states that have mandated strict food product labeling requirements are taking their fight against federal uniform standards to the US Senate. The House of Representatives approved legislation in March to set one national standard, so food manufacturers don't have to adopt different packaging for products sold in different states.