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Why State Government Affairs Professionals Never Sleep »

July 30, 2015

By: Mandy N. Hagan, Esq., Vice President State Affairs and Grassroots

Threats to how a company does business in a state can pop up in some unexpected places. In state legislatures, a bill can be introduced and go all the way through the legislative process in as little as 30 days. If you aren’t staying on top of every bill, in every state, then you’re not at the table: you’re on the menu. This is especially true in times of revenue shortfalls for state budgets.

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Responsible Advertising; A GMA Commitment »

July 23, 2015

By: Mary Sophos, Executive Vice President, Policy and Strategic Planning

Advertising foods to kids is a hot topic that needs to be on every food and beverage company’s list of issues to watch, so to help GMA members understand why it is so important we partnered with children’s food advertising experts from Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) on a webinar about food advertising to or for children. This webinar covered a range of advertising “watch-outs” and explained how getting it wrong can affect not just one company but the whole industry.

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Uniform National Food Labeling Standard Good for Farmers, Businesses and Consumers »

July 21, 2015

By: Pam Bailey, President and CEO

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday legislation with bipartisan support that is important to farmers, consumers and the nation’s food manufacturers.

This legislation, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, would establish a uniform, national, voluntary food labeling standard for products containing ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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All Eyes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership »

July 13, 2015

By: Melissa San Miguel, Director, Global Strategies

Trade wonks (I’m one) sometimes joke that trade is a hot topic in U.S. public conversation about one week every five years – we’ve definitely exceeded expectations this year.

After more than a month of robust debate and some wild votes in the House and the Senate, the Congress came together to pass bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which President Obama signed into law on June 29. 

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Not All Recalls are the Same, Not All E. coli is the Same. How the Bottled Water Recall is Different. »

June 29, 2015

By: Carla Napier, MS- Assistant Scientist, Microbiology and Jennifer McEntire, PhD- Vice President, Science Operations

E. coli in bottled water! We’ve heard of E. coli in ground beef and spinach, and the related fatalities. Now bottled water? Is this dangerous? No! Actually, safety concerns are not associated with this bottled water recall.

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Facts Up Front Makes Navigating the Grocery Aisles Simple »

June 23, 2015

By: Mary Sophos- Executive Vice President, Policy and Strategic Planning

Noticed anything new on the supermarket shelves recently?  If not, take another look! (hint: check out the “demi-lunes” on the front of packages in the cereal, soup, beverages, cookies and crackers, packaged meat and bread aisles and many more!)

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