GMA Press Contact
Scott Openshaw / Brian Kennedy
office: 202-295-3957 / 202-639-5994
(WASHINGTON, DC) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement from GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey in response to the United States Senate’s passage of S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act:
"Last night the Senate gave Americans an early Christmas present by passing S. 510, The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act – 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.
“The food and beverage industry is committed to partnering with Congress, the Administration and the FDA to strengthen and modernize our nation’s food safety system.
“We urge the House of Representatives to swiftly follow suit so that the President can sign this important legislation right away.”
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.