GMA Press Contact
Brian Kennedy / Scott Openshaw
office: 202-639-5994 / 202-295-3957
“The safety of artificial colors has been affirmed through extensive review by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) (via the food additive review process) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and neither agency sees the need to change current policy. All of the major safety bodies globally have reviewed the available science and have determined that there is no demonstrable link between artificial food colors and hyperactivity among children. These expert evaluations were conducted by the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA); the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ); the United Kingdom Committee on Toxicity (of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment) (UK COT); the German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (BfR); the Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, and the Processing Aids, Materials in Contact with Food and Cosmetics of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety.”
“GMA is comprised of producers, packagers and others who produce and sell food, beverages, and other packaged consumer goods. Ensuring the safety of our products – and maintaining the confidence of consumers – is the single most important goal of our industry. Product safety is the foundation of consumer trust, and our industry devotes enormous resources to ensure that our products are safe. Our companies continuously review and monitor all emerging science and scientific studies and incorporate these as warranted into our manufacturing practices to help ensure that we are always producing the safest possible product for our consumers.”
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.