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Jeff Harmening, Chairman of the Board and CEO of General Mills, has been elected as the new chairman of the Board of Directors for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the trade organization representing the world’s leading consumer packaged goods companies.

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association today released the following statement from Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of GMA, on FDA’s recommendation for standardized food date labeling.

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A new report shows that although Americans are more environmentally concerned than ever, a patchwork system of local policies has confounded consumers and damaged recycling efforts. According to the study, released by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, 75% of Americans say they have changed their behavior in recent years to be more environmentally conscious, taking steps to recycle more frequently, buy sustainable products or reduce waste. Despite the growing consumer consciousness of environmental issues, there remains a considerable gap between aspiration and reality. For instance, 92% of respondents are unsure or believe anything with a plastic resin label could be recycled curbside, although only two of the seven codes are consistently recyclable. Another clear disconnect: the codes are designed for employees at sorting facilities, not consumers.

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WASHINGTON, March 5, 2019 — The Grocery Manufacturers Association today issued the following statement from President and CEO Geoff Freeman on the departure of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. “Under the leadership of Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration was a strong and effective champion of public health. His candor, transparency and willingness to work together was a welcomed approach in the regulatory environment. The consumer packaged goods industry believes in smart, uniform regulation and a strong FDA is a critical partner in building trust in the products Americans use every day.”

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WASHINGTON, December 18, 2018 — The Grocery Manufacturers Association today shared the results of its date labeling initiative that narrowed the array of product labels to two options: “BEST If Used By” and “USE By.” Since launching in 2017, 87 percent of products now carry the streamlined labels, according to the latest data from consumer packaged goods companies that was released in GMA’s new report, Best If Clearly Labeled.

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WASHINGTON, December 3, 2018 — The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marking Institute today marked the third anniversary of the digital transparency tool SmartLabel®, which provides easy and instantaneous access to detailed information from 826 brands on more than 36,000 food, beverage, personal care, household and pet care products.

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