GMA Aims to Beef Up Private-Sector Food
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May 13, 2009
6:00 AM, By JULIE GALLAGHER
— Holding food
safety auditors to higher standards is one way to keep the nation’s food
supply safe, the Grocery Manufacturers Association recommends in
“Prevention, Partnership and Planning: Supply Chain Initiatives to Improve
Food Safety,” the third in a series of GMA proposals.
always endorsed third-party auditors, but what we have identified here is
the importance of seeking to ensure that they follow a common accreditation
of set standards, so when contracting with an auditor [manufacturers] can
be assured that it is fully qualified,” Pamela Bailey, president and chief
executive officer of GMA, told SN.
is calling for auditors to be held to standards recognized by organizations
such as the American National Standards Institute. Likewise, GMA is working
to progress the development of food safety standards/auditing criteria
based on Codex Alimentarius, an international body that establishes
voluntary food safety standards.
also plans to provide training and education to ensure widespread adoption
of Good Manufacturing Practice regulations for food, which are being
revised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
have a special responsibility to ensure we expand our training and
education programs, so they are not just targeted to our members,"
said Bailey. "We aim to cast as wide a net as possible for our entire
is also helping to improve the flow of information between manufacturers
and retailers during product recalls. In partnership with the Food
Marketing Institute and GS1, it’s launched an electronic, Web-based product
recall portal that facilitates the rapid flow of information between
manufacturers and retailers during product recalls. More than 120
supermarket banners, representing 43% of sales, subscribe to the recently
supply chain initiatives were announced days after President Obama proposed
to increase the FDA’s 2010 budget by 19%. Half of the increase would go to
food safety efforts, according to published reports.
is a rare and historic opportunity to enact significant food safety reforms
through the combined efforts of Congress, the administration and the
industry over the next few months,” Bailey said.