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2015 Dietary Guidelines Should Be Based on Sound Science »

October 6, 2015

By William Tatum, Director, Health and Nutrition Policy, Federal Affairs

One of the main principles of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is that public policies must be based on sound science, and that’s why our organization is so interested in a House hearing Wednesday on the recommendations of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

The House Agriculture Committee hearing will review the process for developing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

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Facts Up Front: a dietitian’s point of view »

October 5, 2015

By: Kim Kirchherr, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND

When I first became a dietitian, it was from personal interest and commitment to health and wellness for myself and my family.  This translated to a strong commitment to inspire and lead by example, making it fun to put actionable science and credible nutrition information to work for the audiences I serve and for the individual patients who, through education, are learning to manage their health conditions.

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Consumer Packaged Goods Industry is a Major Part of U.S. Economic Engine »

October 2, 2015

By: Jim Flannery, Senior Executive Vice President, Operations and Industry Collaboration

October 2 is National Manufacturing Day, and an opportunity to recognize the 1.5 million manufacturing jobs provided by food, beverage and consumer products companies across this country.

The consumer packaged goods industry is the biggest single source of our country’s manufacturing jobs and a major driver of America’s economic engine. The next largest sector is transportation with 1.4 million manufacturing jobs.

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Is Different Really Better? Considerations for a Safer Plastic. »

September 30, 2015

By: René Viñas, Toxicologist, Consumer Product Safety

Plastic consumer products have become a staple of our everyday lives. In my own morning routine: I carry a plastic water bottle during my jog, use a plastic blending cup to prepare my morning shake and pack my lunch with leftovers in a plastic food container. It’s difficult to imagine how one can function without the ease and convenience these products have provided us.

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Preparing Food Companies for New Food Safety Regulations »

September 22, 2015

By: Shannon Cooksey, Vice President, Science Policy and Program Management, Jennifer McEntire, PhD, Vice President, Science Operations

While GMA wasn’t surprised that a group like Food Safety News decided to publish a 5-part series on Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) right after the Preventive Controls Rules were finalized, we were certainly honored to be invited to author a piece for the series.

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Industry Challenges, Opportunities, and Partnership Across the Americas »

September 15, 2015

By: Rufino Hurtado, Director, Latin America and Inter-Regional Issues

It’s a common misconception to think of Latin America as a monolith: a region that shares a common language, boasts nice beaches, and produces (very) entertaining soap operas.  The reality is far more complicated (and interesting): a highly varied region home to more than 600 million people (twice the population of the United States), representing a veritable encyclopedia of inhabitants, cultures, geographies, politics, and, yes, languages (don’t tell anyone from Brazil – population 200 million plus – that Spanish is the region’s lingua franca). 

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