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News Flash: December 10, 2015

INDUSTRY


Commission report backs a legal limit for trans fat
A limit on permitted levels of industrial trans fats in food is the most effective way to reduce Europeans’ risk of heart disease, says the European Commission in its long-awaited report – but it does not say what that limit should be. The report looked at the pros and cons of different options to reduce levels of industrial trans fats in Europeans’ diets, including involuntary reduction and mandatory labelling. Food Navigator

US food firms pushing halt to GMO labeling by end of year
U.S. food companies are mounting an aggressive year-end push to head off mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. The food industry wants the labeling to be voluntary, and it hopes to get a provision in a massive spending bill that Republicans and Democrats want to wrap up this week. If that becomes law, states could not require companies to disclose whether their products contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Associated Press

BIOFUEL


Editorial: The EPA’s mandate for corn-based ethanol biofuel is a bad idea
The Environmental Protection Agency announced an increase last week in the amount of corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels that oil companies must add to the nation’s gasoline supply. While the new standard of 18 billion gallons in 2016 — most of it ethanol brewed from corn — is lower than what Congress mandated, it is still far too high for the environment, and for the economy. In fact, the entire mandate program was and is a bad idea. Los Angeles Times

CANOLA


Report explores the United States canola oil market research key manufacturers analysis 2021
The United States Canola Oil Industry 2015 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Canola Oil industry. With 153 tables and figures the report provides key statistics on the state of the industry and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the market. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. WhaTech

Canola continues to shine
Bryan Hanson remembers when canola was a little-known Canadian import. He remembers research in the 1980s at the Langdon (N.D.) Research Extension Center, where he works, that investigated whether the crop could play a useful role in northern North Dakota. And he remembers watching canola production soar in the state in the 1990s, when North Dakota became the nation’s dominant producer. Ag Week

CORN


Ted Cruz faces a corn problem in Iowa If Ted Cruz has a major vulnerability in his quest to win the Iowa caucuses, it may be this: corn. Amid plentiful global supplies, the price for the Hawkeye State’s top crop is down. That’s putting pressure on Iowa farmers, even after they have gathered what appears to be a record harvest this year. It could also put a damper on Cruz’s recent surge there. Miami Herald

PALM


Legally defining sustainability: Edible palm oil must follow in biofuel footsteps
Voluntary measures and government targets are great – but it is legislation that will push European palm oil users to true sustainability. The food sector could learn a lesson or two from biofuel here. In a report from the UK government this month on sustainable palm oil progress, its Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) wrote: “There is no one definition of sustainable palm oil.” Food Navigator

SOYBEAN


Soy is in the sustainable spotlight but industry is slow on the uptake
Food companies are acting far too slowly to clean up their soy procurement practices while new standards for responsible soy may not go far enough, say campaigners. Soy, mainly used in feed for animals in the meat and dairy supply chains as well as in the food supply, is the fastest expanding crop in the world but questions remain if food firms are moving too slowly to ensure their supply chains are sustainable. Food Navigator