Stakeholder Organizations Send Letter Applauding Secretary Perdue’s USDA Reorganization
(Washington, D.C.) A group of 43 members of the U.S. Food Industry Codex Coalition (FICC) and other allied associations today sent a letter supporting Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s reorganization plan to assign responsibility for the U.S. Codex Office to the new Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.
“This reorganization will elevate the visibility and strategic impact of U.S. Codex engagement and strengthen U.S. leadership in Codex to advance science-based global standards that protect public health and guard against unscientific barriers that impede U.S. food and agriculture trade,” the Coalition letter said.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) signed the letter welcoming the reorganization plan in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“GMA strongly supports the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as the multiagency coordinator for non-tariff trade barriers impacting U.S. food and agricultural exports,” said Melissa San Miguel, GMA senior director for Global Strategies. “The broad support of the organizations signed onto this letter is a testament to the importance of U.S. Codex leadership. We will continue to work with USDA and other U.S. agencies through this transition. We look forward to Under Secretary-designee Ted McKinney’s confirmation and to his vital leadership to advocate for science-based standards in the Codex.”
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the trade organization representing the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies and associated partners. The U.S. food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry plays a unique role as the single largest U.S. manufacturing employment sector, with 2.1 million jobs in 30,000 communities across the country that deliver products vital to the wellbeing of people in our nation and around world. Founded in 1908, GMA has a primary focus on product safety, science-based public policies and industry initiatives that seek to empower people with the tools and information they need to make informed choices and lead healthier lives. For more information, visit gmaonline.org.