January 24, 2013

24/01/13: Thursday news round-up

Farmers Rice Milling Company Inc. plans a $13.4 million expansion and modernisation of its rice mill in eastern Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, USA creating around 87 jobs.
The 55,000-square-foot expansion of the mill’s clean rice packaging and distribution facility will allow the company to increase processing speed and volume.

Happy birthday to FEFANA. The the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtureshas turned 50.
The first statutes of FEFANA were signed on January 22, 1963 by the National Associations in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
The founding members had the forward vision of forming a European Association to act as an interface between the feed additives manufacturing industry as a whole and the European Union, then European Economic Community (EEC), and its Member States authorities.

Through integration of the National Platforms and direct corporate affiliation at European level, FEFANA now counts more than 100 members companies from 28 countries including the EU, Switzerland and Norway.

The European Commission has dismissed any suggestions of a freeze on EU decision making on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, reports Europolitics. The Commission is currently in the process of assessing the GM crop files for authorisation of cultivation, Frédéric Vincent, the spokesman for health and consumer policy at the European Commission, told Europolitics, on  January 23, 2013. He confirmed that “the Commission has not yet decided whether or not to launch the procedure for authorisation” of cultivation of any of the seven GM crops currently awaiting approval (six maize varieties and one soybean) and that such a decision might not be taken “in the near future”.
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European Commission (Photo credit: tiseb)


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