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USDA creates new government certification for GMO-Free, news reports say (05/18/2015)

The U.S. Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients, according to news wire reports out last week.

SunOpta's Hope, Minnesota facility becomes first to receive Non-GMO/GE USDA Process Verified Program certification (05/18/2015)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- SunOpta Inc., a leading global company focused on organic, non-genetically modified and specialty foods, announced its Hope, Minnesota facility is the first food manufacturing facility in the United States to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) new Process Verified Program (PVP) verification for Non-Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)/Non-Genetically Engineered (GE) products, the company announced May 18.

West Coast ports expect to be back to ‘normal’ by end of May; but more improvements needed to meet productivity demands (05/18/2015)

Terminal operations at West Coast ports are not yet back to normal after almost seven months of crippling congestion, but the ports and port users are confident that “normal’ will happen by the end of May, the Journal of Commerce (JOC) reported May 11. However, JOC noted experts say a return to the conditions that were considered normal before contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association began on May 12, 2014 will not be good enough if West Coast ports are going to efficiently handle today’s big ships.

West Coast port employer group leader says labor negotiation process “isn’t sustainable” (05/18/2015)

The leader of the management group that negotiates with West Coast longshoremen said last week that the negotiating process that yielded months of disruption from October through February is “not sustainable”, according to a report last week in the Journal of Commerce

FDA, USDA join to offer national FSMA food safety training, education, technical assistance competitive grants program  (05/18/2015)

The Food and Drug Administration and USDA are collaborating in offering a new technical assistance, education and outreach program for training small farm owners and food processors on compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Ag shippers complaints add pressure on FMC to address “unfair” demurrage, detention fees ocean carriers seek to charge in wake of West Coast port congestion crisis (05/11/2015)

The fall out of the recent crisis at West Coast ports that saw container shipping ground nearly to a halt over the course over stalled labor contract talks continues. Shippers, both importers and exporters, are seeing red as several ocean carriers are seeking to charge steep demurrage/detention fees for containers not returned within their allotted time, even though their truckers were often waiting outside trying to get into the gates. The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC), Midwest Shippers Association (MSA), and other AgTC members and ag shippers are pressing for solutions from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

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