ABA’s FTRAC Committee kicked off discussions to determine the baking industry’s position on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Proposed National Bioengineered (BE) Food Disclosure Rule – better known as GMO Labeling. Key issues include whether highly refined ingredients should be included or excluded from the definition of bioengineered food and what threshold of BE content falls within the definition of bioengineered food triggers the disclosure. The USDA’s BE proposal is time-sensitive with comments due on July 3, 2018. ABA will continue working with its members over the next few weeks to develop its position on this crucial rule.
Additionally, former FDA official Dr. David Acheson of TAG joined FTRAC members to advise on approaches to testing and environmental control programs. Recent trends show big concerns are Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. In 2017 alone, there were 97 FDA recalls for Listeria monocytogenes. Bakers discussed what a sound environmental monitoring program looks like, how much testing should be done, and what to do if you find a positive test result.