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“FDA’s acceptance of our food additive petition marks the beginning of the agency’s formal review process and we look forward to working with the FDA on achieving approval for these proposed low-level uses of PHOs. Our petition shows that the proposed PHO uses are as safe as the naturally occurring trans fat present in the normal diet.

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GMA Applauds National Food Waste Reduction Goals

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement from Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO, on national food waste reduction goals as announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and EPA:

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GMA Welcomes FDA Release of Final FSMA Regulations

“We welcome the final FSMA rules for preventative controls for human and animal food and commend FDA for the deliberative and inclusive approach it took in developing these regulations.

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has presented its Hall of Achievement Award to Greg Wasson, retired Walgreens president and CEO, and George Deese, Chairman of the Board of Flowers Foods.

The Hall of Achievement Award, GMA’s highest honor, recognizes the extraordinary service and contributions of the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry’s most distinguished leaders.  Wasson and Deese received their awards this weekend during the GMA Leadership Forum at The Broadmoor.

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“The food, beverage and consumer products industry relies heavily on creativity and bold thinking, especially when it comes to driving growth and ensuring efficient and effective service for our consumers,” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA president and CEO. “The Coca-Cola Company and E. & J. Gallo Winery have upheld our industry’s long-standing tradition of fresh and inspired thinking with these initiatives, and we are pleased to honor them with the CPG Award for Innovation and Creativity.”

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In a food additive petition filed with the FDA, GMA said the scientific evidence will enable FDA to find there is a “reasonable certainty of no harm” from consumption of PHOs from the uses and use levels specified in the submission.

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