WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement from GMA President and CEO Pam Bailey regarding the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act cosponsored by U.S. Senators Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) and Judd Gregg (R-NH). Additional cosponsors include: Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).
“Ensuring the safety of our products is the food industry’s most important priority. I applaud Senators Durbin, Burr and Gregg along with their fellow cosponsors for crafting sensible legislation that will strengthen the foundation of America’s food safety systems. In particular, GMA supports proposals requiring all food companies to have a comprehensive food safety plan in place. It is absolutely critical that manufacturers take a preventative approach in identifying and evaluating potential hazards, and building food safety into the manufacturing process from the very beginning. We look forward to working with Congress to enact food safety legislation that will continually improve the safety of America’s food supplies.”