WASHINGTON, DC– At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum meetings being held this week in Big Sky, Montana, Pamela G. Bailey, President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), applauded the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Food Safety Cooperation Forum Co-Chairs and the World Bank to collaboratively scale up the deployment of food safety training modules and build out a network of food safety experts to reach more growers, more producers, and more food safety officials.
“Although the U.S. has one of the safest food supplies in the world, there is still more work to be done, especially as food supply chains become more global.” said Ms. Bailey. “Our operating model on food safety has been and continues to be very clear – industry must take the initiative to improve food safety in its own operations and through a genuine partnership with key stakeholders, including governments.”
“The Partnership Training Institute Network, established by the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum, is a shining example of the strong public-private partnerships needed. Its work allows growers, producers and regulators in the 21 APEC economies to better anticipate and manage food safety issues,” continued Bailey. “GMA is a proud partner in the PTIN and we applaud the Food Safety Cooperation Forum Co-Chairs and the World Bank for signing this memorandum of understanding to further strengthen and expand this invaluable work.”
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.