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From Packaged Goods to Sustainability; How the CPG Industry is Shrinking Their Footprint »

August 5, 2015

By: Meghan Stasz, Director, Sustainability

At GMA, we work with our member companies on a range of sustainability topics. Imagine the complexities that go into running food or consumer products businesses in the U.S. or globally, then you can start to imagine all the sustainability issues our member companies might face.

The good news is these businesses are on the forefront of sustainability best practices. For example, we know from the experts at CDP, a leading nonprofit reporting on sustainability metrics, that our industry has outperformed the S&P 500 on both carbon and water performance for the past several years. From packaging to energy efficiency to sustainable sourcing, our industry leads in many sustainability areas.

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Salmonella in Raw Poultry Products? –How to Protect Your Family »

August 3, 2015

By: Jennifer McEntire, PhD, Vice President, Science Operations, Lloyd Hontz, Senior Director of Science Policy, Compliance and Inspection and Melinda Hayman, PhD, Director of Microbiology

You may have heard about recent Salmonella outbreaks associated with raw chicken products. We know that this pathogen (which generally causes diarrhea and vomiting, but can also cause much more severe illness or death) is often associated with chickens. People can become infected by touching and petting chicks, or by eating contaminated food, including chicken.

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Why State Government Affairs Professionals Never Sleep »

July 30, 2015

By: Mandy N. Hagan, Esq., Vice President State Affairs and Grassroots

Threats to how a company does business in a state can pop up in some unexpected places. In state legislatures, a bill can be introduced and go all the way through the legislative process in as little as 30 days. If you aren’t staying on top of every bill, in every state, then you’re not at the table: you’re on the menu. This is especially true in times of revenue shortfalls for state budgets.

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Responsible Advertising; A GMA Commitment »

July 23, 2015

By: Mary Sophos, Executive Vice President, Policy and Strategic Planning

Advertising foods to kids is a hot topic that needs to be on every food and beverage company’s list of issues to watch, so to help GMA members understand why it is so important we partnered with children’s food advertising experts from Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) on a webinar about food advertising to or for children. This webinar covered a range of advertising “watch-outs” and explained how getting it wrong can affect not just one company but the whole industry.

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Uniform National Food Labeling Standard Good for Farmers, Businesses and Consumers »

July 21, 2015

By: Pam Bailey, President and CEO

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday legislation with bipartisan support that is important to farmers, consumers and the nation’s food manufacturers.

This legislation, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, would establish a uniform, national, voluntary food labeling standard for products containing ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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All Eyes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership »

July 13, 2015

By: Melissa San Miguel, Director, Global Strategies

Trade wonks (I’m one) sometimes joke that trade is a hot topic in U.S. public conversation about one week every five years – we’ve definitely exceeded expectations this year.

After more than a month of robust debate and some wild votes in the House and the Senate, the Congress came together to pass bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which President Obama signed into law on June 29. 

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