Manufacturers Association Outlines Food Safety Reform Agenda at Industry
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April 6, 2009
D.C. – Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO Pam Bailey
today outlined the association’s food safety reform agenda at a gathering
of industry experts in Miami, Florida.
product safety is the foundation of consumer trust, our industry devotes
enormous resources to ensure that our products are safe, and continually strives
to improve the safety of our products,” said Ms. Bailey. “In addition to
stepping up our own efforts, we are advocating legislative and regulatory
reforms that will modernize our nation’s food safety net, prevent problems
before they arise and bolster consumer confidence in the safety and
security of the food supply.”
developed a comprehensive food safety reform proposal that places new
regulatory mandates on food companies and that provides the FDA with the
resources it needs to protect American consumers, including:
requirement that all food manufacturers have a food safety plan in place.
requirement that all food manufacturers have a foreign supplier safety
increase in FDA food-related spending.
establishment of new federal agricultural standards for fresh fruits and
adoption of a risk-based approach for FDA inspections.
establishment of mandatory recall authority for FDA in certain
industry has a tremendous track record of success when it comes to product
safety, but we can do even better. We have a rare opportunity to enact
meaningful reforms, and we urge Congress and the Obama Administration to
enact those reforms right away,” Bailey concluded.
Bailey spoke to several hundred attendees during the opening session of the
joint Grocery Manufacturers Association-Food Marketing Institute supply
chain conferences, currently underway in Miami, Florida.