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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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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter to Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) William E. Kovacic as follow-up to the Georgetown Economic Services (“GES”) September 22, 2008 report on advertising food and beverages to children, “Food, Beverage and Restaurant Advertising in 2007 – Children’s Impressions and Expenditures on Children’s Programs”.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced that Cargill, Incorporated Chairman, President and CEO Gregory R. Page was elected to its board of directors at its January 11 board meeting. Five new member companies were also welcomed to the association at the meeting held in conjunction with the Food Marketing Institute’s Mid-Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today released Sodium and Salt: A Guide for Consumers, Policymakers and the Media, a science policy paper that provides policymakers, consumers, journalists and health professionals with current and scientifically accurate information and resources on sodium and salt.

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