With many critical issues on the table for bakers in 2015, ABA’s FTRAC met to develop strategies to address issues including response to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report, the tentative determination for GRAS status of PHOs and resource needs for FSMA implementation.
ABA reviewed its leadership role for the Grain Chain in developing an action plan to respond to the 2015 HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report that is expected to be released within the next week. ABA outlined its plan for an interim response, oral and written comments on behalf of the chain. There will be engagement with the GFF and WFC Scientific Advisory Committees as well as other grain experts. The key elements in the Grain Chain comments will be to highlight the importance of balancing enriched and whole grains in the American diet and their nutritional benefits of both.
FTRAC heard from Dr. Emilia Lonardo, PhD, GMA Vice President of Consumer Product Safety and Science Policy, on their initiatives to address both FDA’s PHO GRAS tentative determination and a separate dialogue on their initiative on the general GRAS process. Separately, ABA talked about its efforts to gather information from bakers and suppliers on their efforts to gather information to demonstrate reformulation trends to FDA.
The Committee also had an interactive dialogue on educational and resource needs of bakers as bakers move towards final FSMA rules and implementation. Based on the feedback from the members, ABA will develop a plan for educational opportunities moving forward.
The next FTRAC meeting will be held in Washington, DC June 17-19.