Source of Article: http://www.gmabrands.com/news/docs/NewsRelease.cfm?DocID=1914
It is important for consumers to know several important facts:
-PCA does not sell peanut butter or peanut products directly to consumers.
-National brands of jarred peanut butter are not affected by the PCA recall.
-Many products that contain peanuts, peanut butter or peanut products are not affected by this recall, and are safe to consume, as manufacturers of those products do not buy ingredients from PCA.
-PCA manufactures just 1 percent of
peanut products sold in the
Some food manufacturers may use PCA peanut products in baked or processed foods, such as crackers, cookies, cakes or ice cream to name a few. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and food manufacturers are working to identify products that may be affected, to track the ingredient supply chain of those products and to take the appropriate action to remove them from the marketplace.
Consumers who are concerned about specific products should contact the manufacturer via the toll free phone number on the package or by visiting the manufacturer Web site. Or, they can visit the FDA Web site at www.fda.gov.
Despite this recall, the
For the past 18 months, GMA has
It is time to enact meaningful reforms that will better protect consumers by:
-Increasing FDA funding to $900 million per year, so the agency can hire more scientific experts, increase the number of inspectors and modernize its laboratory and information technology systems.
-Requiring every food and beverage manufacturer to conduct a food safety risk analysis that identifies potential sources of contamination, identifies appropriate food safety controls, and documents those controls in a food safety plan.
-Requiring manufacturers to police their foreign suppliers by implementing a foreign supplier food safety plan and by building the food safety capacities of foreign governments.
-Establishing federal agricultural and food safety standards for certain fruits and vegetables.
-Adopting a food safety approach to inspections so that resources are spent on the foods and facilities that pose the greatest threat.
-Permitting mandatory recall authority for the FDA in instances where a company has refused to conduct a voluntary recall.
We look forward to working with Congress and the Obama Administration to enact these reforms as quickly as possible.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) represents the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies. The Association promotes sound public policy, champions initiatives that increase productivity and growth and helps to protect the safety and security of the food supply through scientific excellence. The GMA board of directors is comprised of chief executive officers from the Association’s member companies. The $2.1 trillion food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry employs 14 million workers, and contributes over $1 trillion in added value to the nation’s economy. For more information, visit the GMA Web site at www.gmaonline.org
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