Product Safety Is Our Number One Priority
Americans enjoy one of the safest food supplies in the world, but food and beverage companies recognize that steps must be taken to make it even safer. Ensuring the safety of our products—and maintaining the confidence of consumers—is the single most important goal of our industry. Product safety is the foundation of consumer trust, and our industry devotes enormous resources to ensure that our products are safe.
What We Do
GMA works closely with our members to ensure that consumers continue to have access to safe, quality and affordable products. We have a multi-pronged approach when it comes to product safety.
First, the association has taken a leadership role in the development and promotion of comprehensive food safety initiatives that would adopt prevention as the cornerstone of our nation’s food safety strategy, raise the food safety bar for all manufacturers and provide the FDA with the resources and authorities it needs to conduct its food safety mission and protect public health.
In addition, GMA plays a vital role in helping its member companies produce safe food and comply with federal, state and local regulations. The association has a comprehensive food safety education and training program for member companies and also operates a first-class food safety laboratory to assist member companies with regulatory compliance and incident diagnosis.
Finally, when it comes to product safety, GMA works closely with its member companies to understand the impact of chemicals used in food and consumers products. We also work closely with Congress, FDA, USDA and other stakeholders to create fair policies and regulations that will keep consumers safe from potentially harmful chemicals.
To help ensure that all consumer packaged goods meet the highest standards of safety, GMA works closely with government and other public sector interests to strengthen our product safety system. We also provide technical and regulatory support to our members on a wide range of safety issues.
In 2016, President Obama signed into law a national bioengineered food disclosure standard that sets a uniform national standard for disclosure of GMO food ingredients. The law ensures that consumers in every state have more access than ever before to the same information regardless of where they live or shop. The national bioengineered food disclosure standard now moves to the rulemaking process overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).