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Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods F.D.A. wants fresh industry look at long-idled proposal on claims WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration, after letting a proposed food industry rule on individual health claim labeling sit dormant for almost a decade, has reopened the matter and seeks food industry comments. For the grain-based foods industry, the decision specifically will reopen the question of the proposed rule's provision that would have disqualified enriched bread, rolls, buns and other grain-based foods from using health claims when the F.D.A. first published the proposal in mid-1995. Shortly afterward, the grain-based foods industry, led by the American Bakers As- MAY 25, 2004 / sociation and the National Food Processors Association, successfully petitioned the F.D.A. to amend its proposal to allow enriched grain-based foods to use individual health claims. The F.D.A., though, never issued an interim final rule on the proposal in order to make it regulatory reality for the U.S. food industry. Mark Hostetler, an attorney specializing in food regulatory affairs with the law firm of Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP in St. Louis, said reopening the comment period could pave the way for the F.D.A. Continued on Page 24 I.B.I.E. 2004: meeting Expo-tations Small uptick in first quarter U.S. flour production WASHINGTON - Flour production by U.S. mills in the first quarter of 2004 increased 0.6% from the same 2003 quarter, according to the Bureau of the Census of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Output in January-March totaled 95,715,000 cwts, an increase of 615,000 from 95.1 million in the same period of 2003. The latter quarter represented the smallest in seven years, or since the first three months of 1997, when output totaled 93,768,000 cwts. While January-March 2004 increased LATE from the first quarter of 2003, mills in the current quarter ran an extra day because it is a leap year (Feb. 29) and average daily output fell slightly. The North American Millers' Association provides funding to the Census Bureau in support of the compilation of these quarterly milling statistics. January-March output, up 615,000 cwts from a year earlier, contrasts with the 589,000-cwt decrease in October-December Continued on Page 19 NEWS Altria chief discusses Kraft spin-off NEW YORK - It makes sense for Kraft to be independent of Altria Group Inc., Altria chairman and chief executive officer Louis Camilleri told participants at Goldman Sachs' 13th annual Global Consumer Products Conference at The Pierre hotel in New York on May 19. "It clearly makes sense when the time is right - and by that I mean when the fundamental Continued on Page 10 inside Kellogg to move cookie/ cracker business to its Battle Creek home BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - Three years after purchasing Keebler Foods, Kellogg Co. said last week it will move the venerable cookie and cracker maker's operations to its headquarters in Battle Creek. The move, affecting about 300 employes, will not fully sever the longstanding relationship between the former Keebler business and the western Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, Ill., its corporate home since the late 1960s. Three hundred additional workers in Kellogg's Food Away From Home division and information technology center Continued on Page 12 THIS WEEK Dunkin' Donuts opens first Wal-Mart shop 16 Ingredient C.S.P.I. in effort against trans fat Canada imposes duties on frozen pizza 24 33 Week 34

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