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(WASHINGTON, DC) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama signing The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act:
"On behalf of GMA, its member companies and the entire food and beverage industry I would like to thank President Obama for his leadership and dedication to strengthening and modernizing America’s food safety system,” said GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. “Today’s bill signing marks a historic moment for our country – as it represents the most comprehensive reform of our nation’s food safety laws in more than 70 years. This landmark legislation provides FDA with the resources and authorities the agency needs to help strengthen our nation’s food safety system by making prevention the focus of our food safety strategies, and will help restore the public’s faith in the safety and security of the food supply.”
“The food industry applauds Congress for the passage of historic food safety legislation and is grateful to the President for his signature today,” said GMA Chairman of the Board, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Del Monte Foods Richard Wolford. “I am proud of the food industry for its support of landmark food safety legislation and our efforts to protect consumers and provide them a safe food supply. This legislation will strengthen the safety of our nation's food supply, give FDA much needed resources to effectively monitor and regulate it, and increase consumer confidence in the food they eat. Today is the result of Congress working effectively, of partnering with industry to create and pass the best possible legislation for American consumers. We are proud of the bi-partisan, industry-supported efforts that helped to carry this important legislation across the finish line.”
“We look forward to continuing and building upon our partnership with Congress, the Administration and the FDA to strengthen and modernize our nation’s food safety system,” concluded Ms. Bailey.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act enhances public health and safety by:
• Requiring all food companies to develop a food safety plan
• Adopting a risk-based approach to inspection
• Improving the safety of imported food and food ingredients
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.