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ABA Supports Food and Agricultural Research Funding

ABA, as part of a broad 900-member coalition, voiced strong support of federal funding for food and agricultural research funding. Specifically, the letter sent a strong message of support for FY13 funding for USDA’s food and agricultural Research, Education and Economics (REE)
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Restricting Food Advertising to Children Not a Priority for FTC

On March 5, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz told the House Subcommittee on Financial Services that it was time to move on from the Interagency Working Group’s (IWG) proposal to restrict food advertising to children aged 2-17. Chairman Leibowitz said that while childhood obesity and f
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ABA Questions FDA on Sodium Reduction

ABA submitted comments and data to FDA in response to the agency’s request for information on various food sectors’ efforts to reduce sodium. ABA included its recently completed white paper, “Considerations for Reducing Sodium in the Baking Industry” and indust
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ABA Calls For Adequate Funding of Food Safety without Costly User Fees

ABA and 30 other food industry trade groups sent a letter to HHS, OMB and congressional leaders urging that adequate Congressional funding for FDA food safety activities be one of their highest priorities rather than proposing any new food taxes or regulatory fees on consumers and foo
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ABA Celebrates Enrichment of Grains on Capitol Hill

The American Bakers Association hosted a Congressional reception last week to celebrate one of the top ten health achievements of the century – the fortification of Enriched Grains with Folic Acid.  Nearly 70 guests attended the reception, including ABA members, allied supporter
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2012 Year of the Dragon – Regulatory Dragon

From ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie: The beginning of the Chinese New Year happened to coincide with the recent mid-year ABA Executive Committee meeting. Each January, the ABA Executive Committee travels to Washington to work with the ABA team to recalibrate policy priorities, re
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ABA Opposes FDA Planned Experimental Consumer Survey for Added Sugar Labeling

ABA provided comments to the Office of Management on Budget (OMB) as it considers an FDA-sponsored experimental study on potential added sugar labeling. In its letter, ABA noted that there is currently no analytical method to distinguish between naturally occurring and added sugar. Th
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Statement of the American Bakers Association on the New Food Icon

“The American Bakers Association commends USDA, HHS, and especially First Lady Michelle Obama for developing the new healthy eating icon based on the sound science of the new dietary guidelines. Consumers are struggling to find simple, clear and easy to follow directives. The new icon
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CFTC Vote Includes ABA Proposal on Position Limits – More Needs to Be Done

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC) voted in favor of implementing contract limits on index funds investing in the wheat futures markets. “CFTC’s vote in favor of position limits is a step in the right direction, although we were hoping for more,” s
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