Grocery Manufacturers Association Supports Bipartisan, Compromise Approach to Improving Food Safety


Last update: 11:48 a.m. EDT Aug. 1, 2008


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WASHINGTON, Aug 01, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2008 Focused on Prevention

Grocery Manufacturers Association President and CEO Cal Dooley today issued the following statement in regard to introduction of the bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2008 cosponsored by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Richard Burr (R-NC) along with Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN):

"As recent events have exposed weaknesses in our food safety net and undermined consumer confidence in the safety and security of the food supply, GMA and its member companies have worked with the Congress and the Administration to reform and modernize our nation's food safety laws in order to enhance the safety of food and food ingredients, sourced domestically and imported.

"The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act embodies many of the elements of GMA's Commitment to Consumers: The Four Pillars of Food Safety, the food and beverage industry's prevention-focused plan for reforming our nation's food safety system. The bill's focus on prevention, along with its proposals providing FDA with mandatory recall authority and requiring stronger agricultural practices for fresh fruits and vegetables, provides the best opportunity to strengthen the public-private food safety partnership that has traditionally provided America with one of the safest food supplies in the world.

"There remain some areas of concern within the proposed legislation, however, it represents a reasonable and common sense approach for improving food safety and bolstering consumer confidence in the brands they buy and the foods they eat. GMA commends Senators Durbin, Gregg, Burr, Harkin, Dodd and Alexander for sponsoring this important piece of legislation, and look forward to working with the sponsors and members of the Senate and House to refine and pass the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2008 as soon 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

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