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Grocery Manufacturers Association’s Glenn Black Assumes Leadership Role in New Food Safety Alliance

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Brian Kennedy

office: 202-639-5994

WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Leon Bruner, Chief Science Officer of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), today announced that Glenn Black, GMA’s Director of Science Operations, Food Protection, has been selected to chair the newly formed Food Safety Preventive Controls (FSPC) Alliance Steering and Executive Committee.   The Alliance was formed by FDA in cooperation with the Institute for Food Safety and Health in response to the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA).  The primary mission of the Alliance is the development of a core curriculum and education materials to be used in training a wide array of stakeholders on the preventative controls requirements in the new FSMA regulations.

“GMA has always been a leader in food safety education and training and our involvement in this area continues to grow as the food industry evolves into a manufacturing base with more local and international production facilities and global ingredient sourcing,” said Dr. Bruner.  “We’re honored to be chairing the Alliance and hope that our extensive experience in food safety will help the Alliance in its mission to train and educate a broad array of stakeholders on compliance with the new FSMA preventive controls requirements.”   

“Glenn’s extensive experience in food safety science along with his considerable expertise in food safety training and education, make him an excellent choice to lead the Alliance.  We’re confident that the education and training materials that are developed by the Alliance will help industry -- particularly small- and medium-size companies -- comply with the new preventive control rules,” concluded Dr. Bruner.

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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. For more information visit
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