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Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods NEWSFEATURE / DECEMBER 14, 2004 - HEALTH AND WELLNESS Challenges for whole grain growth loom large heading into new year N EW ORLEANS - As the grainbased foods industry prepares for the start of a new year, 2005 promises to be full of excitement. A new edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is expected to be released early in the year, undoubtedly prompting a shift in food intake recommendations. The lowcarbohydrate diet craze, the bane of the grain-based foods industry for much of the past year, appears to be waning, though industry executives await the January diet session with considerable trepidation. And whole grains, long recognized as a healthy eating option, are expected to gain even greater prominence in consumers' diets. The "Whole Grains Go Mainstream" conference, held Nov. 14-16 in New Orleans at the Astor Crowne Plaza, brought Continued on Page 22 F.D.A. extends compliance period with final rule on bioterror law WASHINGTON - In issuing its final rule for record-keeping rules under the Bioterrorism Act, the Food and Drug Administration will give food companies a full year to comply with the new regulations. The F.D.A. issued the regulations Dec. 6 under Section 306 of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act). LATE Though the F.D.A. earlier had proposed that large businesses comply with the new regulations within six months of the rule's publication, the final rule extended this period to 12 months. For small businesses (11 to 499 employes), the period for compliance extends to 18 months from 12 months previously. Extremely small businesses (10 Continued on Page 15 NEWS University may buy baking plant EUGENE, ORE. - United States Bakery is in negotiations to sell its Eugene baking plant, according to media reports there. KVAL, a local television station, said the baking company has signed a non-binding letter of agreement to sell the Williams' Bakery baking plant to the University of Oregon for about $25 million. The plant, located at 1760 E. 13th St., is in the immediate vicinity of the university. The school has Continued on Page 8 inside Rising resin prices leave packaging suppliers lacking holiday cheer KANSAS CITY - As the holidays approach and visions of gifts decorated in fancy paper dance into childrens' minds, images of a different sort are popping into packaging executives' minds as they supply wrappings for bread, buns and rolls. Visions of sugar plums have been rudely replaced by dollar signs, signaling some of the highest costs ever for low-density polyethylene resins, used in bread and bun bags, and polypropylene, used for snack food overwrap. The record-high resin prices have not come as a shock to the baking industry. The resins are derived from natural gas, prices of which have gone through the roof during the past year. Skyrocketing resin prices According to industry data tracking Continued on Page 12 THIS WEEK I.B.C. closing South Carolina baking plant 9 Ingredient MGPI revises guidance downward 14 Vetter: Perils of incidental ingredients 19 Week 31

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