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“On behalf of GMA and its member companies I want to congratulate First Lady Michelle Obama on the first anniversary of the launch of Let’s Move!, her unprecedented, comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation.  The leadership and commitment from the First Lady and the Obama Administration has been and will continue to be paramount as we all work to solve this critical issue.  As I said last year, there is no American better positioned to lead a national effort to combat obesity than the First Lady.

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“We welcome today’s release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and applaud its focus on calorie balance for weight management and nutrient dense eating patterns as important concepts in helping Americans build a healthy lifestyle.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced the election of Gary M. Rodkin, chief executive officer of ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG), as chairman of the GMA Board of Directors, effective February 16.  He will serve a two-year term.

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PHOENIX, AZ – America’s leading food and beverage manufacturers and retailers today announced the launch of Nutrition Keys, a new voluntary front of pack nutrition labeling system that will help busy consumers make informed choices when they shop.  The program represents the most significant modernization of food labels since the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990.

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GMA Announces New Industry Affairs and Collaboration Division

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced that it has created an Industry Affairs and Collaboration Division, following a restructuring process aimed at enhancing member services and organizational efficiencies.  The new division takes the place of three former GMA departments: Industry Affairs, Membership Services and Meetings, with the staff of each group assigned to new roles under the Industry Affairs and Collaboration banner.

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(WASHINGTON, DC) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama signing The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act:

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