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WASHINGTON, DC - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today released a guidance document for industry titled, Control of Salmonella in Low-Moisture Foods, designed to provide food companies with specific recommendations on how to control the presence and growth of Salmonella when manufacturing low-moisture foods.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced the selection of Accenture and Information Resources Inc. (IRI) to conduct an in-depth study of successful product lifecycle management (PLM) processes as a means of fueling brand innovation and growth. The study, sponsored by the GMA Information Systems Committee, will examine the entire lifecycle of a product, from conception through discontinuation, and the importance of working across departmental lines in winning PLM strategies.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) recall of peanut butter and peanut paste manufactured after July 1, 2008, has been expanded to include all whole peanuts (dry, roasted or raw), granulated peanuts, peanut meal, peanut butter and peanut paste produced at its Blakely, Georgia plant after January 1, 2007.

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GMA Calls on Congress to Enact Food Safety Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In letters to Congress, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) this week urged leaders in the House and Senate to quickly enact food safety reforms. The letters were also signed by: Food Marketing Institute, American Frozen Food Institute, International Bottled Water Association, International Dairy Foods Association, National Fisheries Institute, National Restaurant Association, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Snack Food Association and United Fresh Produce Association.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the food industry continue to investigate products affected by last week’s Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) recall, the following information is designed to assist reporters and editors and clarify their coverage of the PCA recall:

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ARLINGTON, VA and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Steven C. Smith, president and CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores and chairman of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), and Douglas R. Conant, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company and chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), signed a Joint Memorandum of Understanding Collaboration Agreement at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference in Orlando, Florida. The agreement calls for greater collaboration and is focused on enhancing manufacturer-retailer engagement to achieve improved supply chain efficiency, better ways to serve consumers and more efficient use of association and member resources.

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