Grocery Manufacturers Association Conference Focused on Improving Food Safety Through Harmonization of Global Third Party Food Safety Audit Criteria

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Last update: 5:48 p.m. EST Dec. 2, 2008

WASHINGTON, Dec 02, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Grocery Manufacturers Association today kicked off a two-day meeting of industry experts to identify essential criteria for third party food safety audits. Third party food safety audits are already playing an integral role in ensuring the safety and security of the food supply, and that role is expected to grow as public and private sector agents continue to work towards strengthening our food safety net.

"The full potential of third party audits has yet to be realized, which is why this meeting is critical," said Dr. Robert Brackett, GMA senior vice president and chief scientific and regulatory affairs officer. "The sooner we can harmonize global audit criteria, the sooner we can fully leverage third party audits to the maximum benefit of the consumer."

The conference, titled Bolstering Consumer Confidence: Identifying Essential Third Party Food Safety Audit Criteria, featured public sector speakers Rich McKeown, chief of staff, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and David Acheson, M.D., associate commissioner for foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The program also includes representatives of the Consumer Federation of America, the World Bank and Bumble Bee Foods, LLC President and CEO Christopher Lischewski. In addition to general sessions and panel discussions, attendees will also participate in breakout sessions designed to cull from their experiences new and innovative approaches to harmonizing the global food safety system.

The American National Standards Institute, the National Fisheries Institute and the Seafood Products Association co-sponsored the conference with GMA. For more information on this event, please 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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