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Trans Pacific carriers release recommended rate increases for 2016-17 (11/30/2015)

Member shipping lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) have announced a phased increase in rates and a package of 2016-17 service contract guidelines intended to ensure improved pricing predictability and service reliability.

Al Ghurair expands in Algeria in push for food security (11/30/2015)

Al Ghurair Resources LLC, the agricultural commodities trader owned by the richest man in the United Arab Emirates, will add another grain silo in Algeria to its holdings by the end of this year as part of a strategy to secure food supplies for growing populations from the Middle East to Asia.

Scoular Completes Acquisition of Legumex Walker Inc. Special Crops Division (11/30/2015)

Omaha, NE — November 23, 2015 — Scoular, a leading U.S.-based agricultural marketing company, is expanding its reach into new geographies and products with the completion of its acquisition of Legumex Walker Inc.’s (LWI) Special Crops Division, a global merchandiser and processor of special crops, pulses, and associated healthy, specialty food ingredients.

Archer Daniels Midland Responsible Soybean Standard meets FEFAC's Soy Sourcing Guidelines (11/30/2015)

CHICAGO - Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced today that the ADM Responsible Soybean Standard, the company's certification program for global soy suppliers, has been recognized by the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) as meeting FEFAC's Soy Sourcing Guidelines, a customized benchmarking system for responsible soy programmes. ADM's Responsible Soybean Standard passed the review in September, making ADM among the first private standard-owners in compliance with FEFAC guidelines. FEFAC and ITC recently published the benchmarking results of the eight sustainability standards that passed review.

FDA issues guidance on voluntary “bioengineered” labeling (11/23/2015)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 19 issued guidance on the voluntary labeling of food products or ingredients that indicates whether they were derived or not from genetically engineered plants, World Grain reported Nov. 23. The FDA prefers such labeling terms as “not bioengineered” over such terms as “non-GMO.” The guidance also gave examples of potentially misleading labeling terms.

FDA denies GMO labeling petition: What matters is the characteristics of the food itself, not the process by which it was made (11/23/2015)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a citizen’s petition calling for mandatory labeling of foods from genetically engineered crops, arguing that labels are not warranted unless there is a material difference in the safety or nutritional profile of the foods in question.

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