WASHINGTON, DC – The Grocery Manufacturers Association, Cornell University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) of China have signed a letter of intent to work toward establishment of a joint academic program to address food safety challenges in the APEC region.
Cornell, SJTU and GMA will work together to explore the feasibility of developing specific curriculum in supply chain food safety that will include academic certification programs and state of the art training. GMA will serve as a key advisor to both Cornell and SJTU, providing advice, counsel and private sector perspective to these universities.
“In recent decades, as our food supply has become more global and more complex, partnerships like these have become even more critical to enhancing food safety,” said Pamela G. Bailey, President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). “We look forward to bringing GMA’s vast expertise and experience in food safety to this effort and we are honored to be working with these renowned universities on this common mission to strengthen the safety of our food supply chain.”
“We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunity to work with Jiao Tong University and GMA on this critical issue. The signing of this letter of intent is the first step in building the cadre, curriculum, and expertise to increase the safety of the APEC food value chain,” said Dr Kathryn Boor, Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
“This initiative is a shining example of how academic institutions and industry can work together to address global challenges. This collaboration will bring together some of the finest minds in food safety science to develop curriculum and training programs that will help us to build a foundation for increasing the safety of the food supply in the APEC region,” said Dr. Kexuan Tang, Dean of Jiao Tong University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
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.