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News Flash: July 30, 2015


House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling

Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday would not require food companies to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). The House bill is backed by the food industry, which has fought mandatory labeling efforts in several states around the country. The legislation, which passed 275-150, would prevent states from requiring package labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Associated Press

Trans Fat may be banned in Taiwan soon

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced plans yesterday to ban the unsafe substance, artificial trans-fat, nationwide. Surveys show that this ban is backed by up to 43% of people. According to the Heath Promotion Administration (HPA) research and consumer surveys, two-thirds of consumers are unaware that the government has made it mandatory to include the amount of trans-fat on food packaging and reported to never seeing trans-fat labeling at all. Director-General of the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) Chiou Shu-ti stated on Sunday that “artificial trans fat is more poisonous than fake oil.” Asia News Net


Race to meet EU biofuel targets could put human health at risk

According to new research, the race to meet carbon-neutral biofuel targets could put human health and food crop production at risk without careful planning. A new study, led by a professor of Lancaster University, examined ground level ozone changes in response to projected land use change associated with future biofuel cultivation. The researchers found that it would be possible to grow enough biofuel crops in Europe to meet EU biofuel targets, but this could only be done safely if the crops were planted away from highly populated areas. News Medical


Cargill to launch traceable high oleic canola oil supply chain

On July 12, Cargill announced that beginning on Oct. 1, Cargill will map all aspects of its North American high oleic canola supply chain through its Knowing Your Roots: from farm to table program. “Understanding where food comes from is a priority for consumers,” said Kristine Sanschagrin, marketing manager of Cargill Specialty Seeds & Oils. “This initiative offers our customers the opportunity to tell that story.” The program will walk customers and consumers through the supply chain, from seed development and canola farmers, through oil processing and packaging, on to the foodservice operators and food ingredient manufacturers who use the product, then to the customers. World Grain 


Big Oil and Big Corn blitz EPA on biofuels plan

U.S. farmers, biofuel makers, and oil companies are making last minute efforts to push regulators to overhaul a controversial plan for biofuel use. The efforts are backed by the price Americans pay for gasoline mixed with other fuels like ethanol. Nearing the comment deadline, a number of industry groups and companies urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rethink its proposal for required biofuel volumes to be blended into the fuel stream in 2016. The proposal for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program outlined two months ago by EPA seeks to raise the use of ethanol next year by relying on greater adoption of gasoline blends with higher ethanol content. Reuters


Indonesia issues new export tax rates for palm oil: ministry

According to a finance Ministry official, Indonesia has issued a regulation to change the way export taxes are calculated for crude palm oil and other palm products. The amounts due will now be expressed in dollars versus a percentage of the total price. The prior system calculated a tax rate on crude palm oil between 7.5% and 22.5% depending on price increases in relation to $750 per tonne. This tax revision intends to aid in the offset of export costs alongside new US export levies that came into effect this month. The head of the fiscal policy office told reporters, “this is to make it simpler.” Energy & Commodities


FEFAC moves to clarify any ambiguity around soy sourcing guidelines

The European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC), in an effort to avoid any confusion about the status of its draft soy sourcing guidelines, has published a clarification document to clarify that these are recommendations for soy purchasers and not a new responsible soy standard. According to the EU FEFAC president, the feedback was triggered by stakeholder’s feedback during the public consultation period following the release of the draft guidelines. The guidelines focus on six basic principles including legal compliance, environmental responsibility, good agricultural practices, protection of community relations, and respect for land rights and responsible working conditions. Feed Navigator