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Consumer Packaged Goods Industry is a Major Part of U.S. Economic Engine »

October 2, 2015

By: Jim Flannery, Senior Executive Vice President, Operations and Industry Collaboration

October 2 is National Manufacturing Day, and an opportunity to recognize the 1.5 million manufacturing jobs provided by food, beverage and consumer products companies across this country.

The consumer packaged goods industry is the biggest single source of our country’s manufacturing jobs and a major driver of America’s economic engine. The next largest sector is transportation with 1.4 million manufacturing jobs.

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Is Different Really Better? Considerations for a Safer Plastic. »

September 30, 2015

By: René Viñas, Toxicologist, Consumer Product Safety

Plastic consumer products have become a staple of our everyday lives. In my own morning routine: I carry a plastic water bottle during my jog, use a plastic blending cup to prepare my morning shake and pack my lunch with leftovers in a plastic food container. It’s difficult to imagine how one can function without the ease and convenience these products have provided us.

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Preparing Food Companies for New Food Safety Regulations »

September 22, 2015

By: Shannon Cooksey, Vice President, Science Policy and Program Management, Jennifer McEntire, PhD, Vice President, Science Operations

While GMA wasn’t surprised that a group like Food Safety News decided to publish a 5-part series on Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) right after the Preventive Controls Rules were finalized, we were certainly honored to be invited to author a piece for the series.

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Industry Challenges, Opportunities, and Partnership Across the Americas »

September 15, 2015

By: Rufino Hurtado, Director, Latin America and Inter-Regional Issues

It’s a common misconception to think of Latin America as a monolith: a region that shares a common language, boasts nice beaches, and produces (very) entertaining soap operas.  The reality is far more complicated (and interesting): a highly varied region home to more than 600 million people (twice the population of the United States), representing a veritable encyclopedia of inhabitants, cultures, geographies, politics, and, yes, languages (don’t tell anyone from Brazil – population 200 million plus – that Spanish is the region’s lingua franca). 

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Partnering to Enhance Food Safety in the Asia-Pacific »

September 11, 2015

By: Melissa San Miguel, Director, Global Strategies

Pop quiz: Where do 21 of the world’s most dynamic economies from both sides of the Pacific gather to share experiences and advance commitments on topics ranging from food safety to trade liberalization to disaster preparedness, women’s economic empowerment, and more?

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2015 Global Sustainability Summit Blog Series: Natural Capital in Business – From Concept to Practice »

August 20, 2015

By: Meghan Stasz, Director, Sustainability

On stage at the FMI-GMA Global Sustainability Summit this afternoon, we have a general session on a concept called “natural capital.” This is a new term to many, but an old concept. The idea is that the natural environment- biodiversity and a stable climate-is an important resource; one that has direct value to businesses in how they operate.

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