Milling & Baking News - March 24, 2009 - (Page 1)

THE NEWS WEEKLY OF GRAIN-BASED FOODS MARCH 24, 2009 / FEATURE Total flour use steady in 2008, but per capita disappearance slips 1 lb Baker of the Year: A new chapter at Lance Story on Page 29 LATE NEWS Kellogg c.e.o. testifies on food safety WASHINGTON - Testifying before Congress, David Mackay, president and chief executive officer of the Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich., called for an overhaul of the U.S. food safety system, including the establishment of a single food safety authority within the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Mackay made the recommendations March 19 before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The hearing was prompted by the Salmonella outbreak traced to the Peanut Corporation of America, which led Continued on Page 10 WASHINGTON - After three years of in- Usage had increased for three years in a creases, domestic disappearance of wheat row beginning in 2005 through 2007. flour in the United States decreased by a The performance of this consumption minimal 0.2% in 2008. The reduction was gauge thus far in the first decade of the so slight that it was appropriate to describe 21st century indicated that the growth wheat flour disapenjoyed by grainpearance as unbased foods in the Consumption averages changed between final three decades by decades the two years. Inof the 20th century deed, when meawas not continuAnnual Annual Per capita suring consumping into the new consumption increase consumption tion in terms of century. By the (cwts) (cwts) (lbs) wheat flour less duend of 2008, the 2000s 403,220,125 345,000 136.8 rum semolina, the cumulative gain 1990s 382,500,400 7,407,600 142.6 net balance gained in wheat flour dis1980s 299,077,300 7,303,600 124.6 by an equally tiny appearance was 1970s 248,395,800 3,877,600 114.1 0.3%, but continued a mere 2,760,000 1960s 221,390,800 1,380,700 113.7 the upward trend in cwts. That was 1950s 208,352,200 741,100 125.0 this measure for the in sharp contrast third straight year. with the increases According to data assembled by the of the previous decades - 74,076,000 Census Bureau on wheat flour produc- cwts in the 1990s, 73,036,000 in the 1980s tion and the Economic Research Service and 38,776,000 in the 1970s. of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on The average annual increase thus far usage, disappearance of wheat flour in in the first decade of the 21st century 2008 amounted to 415,999,000 cwts. This was only 345,000 cwts. That compares was the second largest use of record, with 7,407,000 in the 1990s, 7,303,000 Continued on Page 24 exceeded only by 417,155,000 in 2007. Obama in weekly address discusses food safety, names head of F.D.A. WASHINGTON - Calling the protection of the food supply "one of the most fundamental responsibilities (of) government," President Barack Obama on March 14 said his administration will take significant steps to enhance U.S. food safety. Those steps include the announcement of a dramatic increase in government spending on food safety. The president also announced he was naming Margaret (Peggy) Hamburg as commissioner of the F.D.A. and Joshua Sharfstein as deputy commissioner. The president spoke on the subject of food safety during the weekly video address from the White House. The speech was devoted to food issues even as the Obama administration pursues an ambitious agenda aimed at reversing the economic downturn and reforming the nation's health care and education systems. The speech also followed the introduction in Congress of three bills with Continued on Page 27

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