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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced the results of survey research indicating that food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers anticipate that they will eliminate four billion pounds of packaging waste nationwide from 2005-2020. More than 1.5 billion pounds have already been avoided since 2005, and another 2.5 billion pounds are expected to be avoided by 2020.  The four billion pounds represents a 19 percent reduction of reporting companies’ total average U.S. packaging weight.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today applauded Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Tim Johnson (R-IL) for the reintroduction of the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act in the House and Senate.

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A broad and diverse coalition of business associations, taxpayer advocates, hunger and development organizations, agricultural groups, free-market groups, religious organizations, environmental groups, budget hawks, and public interest organizations today sent a letter applauding Senators Coburn (R-OK) and Cardin (D-MD) for reaching across the aisle to introduce bi-partisan legislation to end the refundable Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC).  This tax credit subsidizes the blending of corn-based ethanol into gasoline. The legislation, if enacted immediately, would save taxpayers nearly $4 billion during the remainder of 2011.

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today applauded President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon for their agreement to a clear path toward implementation of the U.S.-Mexico cross border trucking program.

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GMA Statement Regarding House Votes to Roll Back Federal Support for Corn Ethanol

“After 30 years and billions in subsidies for corn ethanol, the tide has finally turned against using food for fuel. We applaud the House for its votes to start letting this mature industry stand on its own,” said Geoff Moody, director of energy and environmental policy, “GMA commends Rep. Flake and Rep. Sullivan for their leadership and looks forward to working with Congress to end policies that divert food and feed to fuel.”

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“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.  Our companies continuously review and monitor all emerging science and scientific studies and incorporate these as warranted into our manufacturing practices to help ensure that we are always producing the safest possible product for our consumers.

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