GMA Committed to Working with Obama Administration to Improve Food Safety

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Scott Openshaw, Director, Communications, 202-295-3957
Brian Kennedy, Director, Communications, 202-639-5994

March 20, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO Pam Bailey today sent a letter to President Barack Obama in support of the President’s proposal to create a food safety working group to coordinate federal food safety efforts.

“Americans enjoy one of the safest food supplies in the world, but food and beverage companies recognize that steps must be taken to make our food supply even safer. Ensuring the safety of our products – and maintaining the confidence of consumers – is the single most important goal of the food and beverage industry. Product safety is the foundation of consumer trust, and our industry devotes enormous resources to ensure that our products are safe.

“Our industry strongly supports efforts to continually improve the safety of America’s food supplies and we urge the Administration to continue to make the prevention of contamination the foundation of our nation’s food safety strategies.”

Within the letter GMA offered the president six specific recommendations: 1) Increase FDA food-related spending; 2) Require food safety plans; 3) Require foreign suppler safety plans and build foreign capacity; 4) Regulate fruits and vegetables; 5) Adopt a risk-based approach to inspections; and 6) Authorize mandatory recalls.

For a copy of the letter please contact Scott Openshaw at (202) 295-3957 or visit


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



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