(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement in response to today’s release by FDA of final FSMA rules for produce safety, foreign supplier verification and third-party accreditation.
“FSMA ensures that prevention is the cornerstone of our nation's food safety strategy so we welcome today’s release of the final FSMA rules for produce safety, foreign supplier verification and third-party accreditation. These rules place new responsibilities on food and beverage manufacturers and provide the FDA with the regulatory oversight and authorities it needs to further strengthen our nation’s food safety net.
“GMA has taken a leadership role on behalf of industry in sharing our insights and expertise in food safety with FDA and in educating food and beverage manufacturers on what it will take to comply with the FSMA, in the U.S. and along the entire global supply chain.
“FSMA represents a comprehensive system of preventive measures so it is essential that FDA be appropriately resourced to effectively implement and enforce all of the food safety mandates set forth in the law. The food and beverage industry is committed to working with Congress, the Obama Administration and all stakeholders to ensure that Congress appropriates the necessary funding for FDA to fully implement FSMA.”
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.