WASHINGTON, DC - "The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) represents the most comprehensive reform of our nation's food safety laws and regulations in more than 70 years. Today's release of two proposed rules on Foreign Supplier Verification and the Accreditation of Third Party Auditors is another step forward toward implementation of this landmark law.
"FSMA ensures that prevention is the cornerstone of our nation's food safety strategy and today's proposed rules embody that same principle. These proposed rules will place new and enhanced requirements on foreign suppliers and the accreditation of third party auditors that will help further protect the safety of food imported into the US.
"This focus on prevention and the enhanced requirements on foreign suppliers and third party auditors were also key elements in GMA's 2007 proposal to help improve the safety of imported foods -A Commitment to Consumers: The Four Pillars of Food Safety. FSMA and its implementation effort can serve as a role model for what can be achieved when the private and public sectors work together to achieve a common goal.
"We are very pleased that implementation of FSMA is moving forward and look forward to working with the FDA by continuing to share our food safety expertise and best practices and by evaluating and commenting on these and future proposed rules."
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year. www.gmaonline.org