WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement by President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey in response to today’s mark-up of ‘The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009’ by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health:
“Food safety is our number one priority and we share the broad goals of The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. This bipartisan bill contains many of GMA’s food safety proposals, and we look forward to continuing our work with the Congress to enact food safety legislation that makes prevention of contamination the foundation of our food safety strategies.
“The Subcommittee should be commended for its commitment to work in a truly bipartisan manner to strengthen and modernize our nation’s food safety system. There have been significant improvements made to the draft legislation and we look forward to working with the Committee to make other critical improvements before full Committee mark-up.
“Industry and government both have unique and important roles when it comes to food safety. Because consumer confidence is the foundation of everything we do, manufacturers take food safety very seriously and invest their reputations and resources in producing safe products. Likewise, strong government oversight is a critical and necessary part of our nation’s food safety net.
“Our industry is increasing its investment in food safety and is prepared to make additional investments to continually improve the safety of our food supplies. We look forward to working with Congress to swiftly enact food safety legislation that boosts consumer confidence and addresses the challenges posed by today’s global and complex food supply.”