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Grocery Manufacturers Association Statement Regarding Senate Vote to Consider Food Safety Bill

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Roger Lowe / Brian Kennedy

office: 202-295-3954 / 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 agreement to move forward to consideration of S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act:

"We applaud the Senate for its vote today to proceed to consideration of S. 510, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, bringing us one step closer to passage of this important legislation" said GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. "GMA and the food and beverage industry are committed to partnering with Congress, the Administration and the FDA to strengthen and modernize our nation’s food safety system. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will provide 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. We urge the Senate to vote on this important, bipartisan bill as early as possible during the lame duck session." The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will enhance 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