ABA’s FTRAC winter meeting, February 10-11, delved into critical issues for bakers. Key areas of focus included key nutrition policy and labeling issues including clean label consumer and technology trends, and issues surrounding GMO labeling on the federal level.
Food safety was a hot topic where attendees got to participate in an interactive dialogue with FDA’s Senior Food Safety Advisor Kathy Gombas on FDA Preventive Controls Regulator Training. The group engaged in an additional dialogue with millers on FSMA implementation as well as potential tools and resources needed for implementation.
The group also received an update from AIB International on progress on the Pathogen Kill Step Project that is moving into phase three. AIBI also updated the group on FDA Third Party Certification. There was also a presentation on new technology to detect Food Fraud from PerkinElmer.
ABA updated the committee on the positive outcome for grain recommendations in the recently released 2015 Dietary Guidelines. Further on the nutrition front, FTRAC discussed the pending child nutrition reauthorization and opportunities for bakers. An update on emerging technology on PHO alternative product development by Corbion. The group also discussed pending FDA activities including the opportunity to weigh in whether FDA should define natural; the status of the nutrition facts panel revisions and the added sugar labeling supplemental proposal.
At the close of the first day of the meeting, FTRAC attendees also enjoyed an evening of networking and a tour of the new ABA office, followed by a committee dinner. ABA thanks Ardent Mills for their generous sponsorship of the meeting!
The next FTRAC meeting will be June 7-8 in Washington, D.C.
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