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Lack of concern, awareness over looming container weight rule, surveys find, spells trouble ahead for ports on July 1 (04/25/2016)

The majority of shippers and logistics providers, in a recent survey by the CargoSmart shipping tech support firm, had no plans in place yet to comply with the new container weight rule that will be in effect from July 1, the Journal of Commerce (JOC) reported April 22. Industry consulting firm Drewry further found that none of 20 non-vessel common carrier (NVOCC) operators the analyst met during an April tender process were ready to comply, JOC also reported. With just over two months before the SOLAS amendment’s global roll out, the survey findings give a disturbing picture of an industry heading for trouble, the JOC story reported.

Shippers urge Congress, national authorities to seek container weight clarity to avoid port congestion (04/25/2016)

A major U.S. exporter representing the Agriculture Transportation Coalition urged Congress to send the country’s coast guard back to international authorities and request clarification on a new and controversial container weight rule in order to avoid severe port congestion, the Journal of Commerce (JOC) reported last week. Meanwhile in Europe, the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) has joined the European organizations representing shippers, freight forwarders and terminal operators in the call for national authorities to avoid disruption in the logistics chain and to take action in coordination of SOLAS to preserve a level playing field, Cargo Techwire reported last week.

Non-GMO claims on foods containing dairy or meat are fertile ground for false ad lawsuits, warn attorneys (04/25/2016)

An order from a Florida judge in a lawsuit vs Chipotle should serve a warning to all food marketers that they could be sued if they make non-GMO claims about foods containing dairy or meat from animals fed GE feed, legal experts have warned, according to Food Navigator.

What’s a GMO? Mushrooms, ‘gene-editing’, and a brave new world for regulators? (04/25/2016)

News that non-browning mushrooms developed with a gene-editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9 would not be subject to regulation by USDA has prompted a fresh debate about what ‘GMOs’ are, and whether the regulatory framework governing biotech crops is fit for purpose Food Navigator reported last week.

Gavilon reportedly looking for grain acquisitions to expand in the U.S. (04/25/2016)

OMAHA, NEBRASKA — Gavilon Group LLC, a U.S. grain trader owned by Marubeni Corporation, is seeking to expand and develop in the U.S., according to a news reports out late last week.  The company is looking to expand its storing and hauling capacity over the next few years in Montana and the Dakotas. The company also wants to expand its ability to ship crops through the Gulf of Mexico by investing in terminals on the Mississippi River.

Health benefits mean more opportunities for flax (04/25/2016)

FARGO – As researchers uncover more health benefits of flax, more food companies are including the ingredient in their products. And that means more opportunities for farmers. A clinical trial in Canada has shown that hypertensive patients who ate 3 tablespoons of flaxseed every day for a year had large decreases in blood pressure.

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