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GMA Science Forum Focuses on Product Safety, Sound Science and Responsible Public Policy Solutions

(WASHINGTON, DC) - 450 experts from the consumer packaged goods industry gathered today in Washington, D.C. to advance the industry's product safety and health and wellbeing mission through responsible and science-based public policy solutions.

At the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Science Forum, a record-breaking 450 plus attendees will hear from more than 70 speakers as the leadership of the food, beverage and consumer product scientific community meets with government and academic experts to discuss the major issues impacting consumers, business and public policy.

“Consumers expect industry and government to work together to provide the world with the safest possible products,” said Pamela Bailey, president and CEO of GMA. The GMA Science Forum is the flagship event for this type of public-private collaboration, bringing the CPG scientific community, government and academia together at the intersection of sound science and responsible policy.”

The conference program offers in-depth expertise and global perspectives on the most important scientific, regulatory and technical developments in product safety, health and wellbeing, ingredient safety and international trade.

The 2013 Science Forum program will feature:

·         Former Canadian Ambassador to the WTO, John Weekes 

·         Michael Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner of Foods 

·         CBS News White House Correspondent Major Garrett 

·         More than 15+ hours of FSMA sessions 

·         More than 15+ hours of sessions for consumer product companies 

·         4 highly specialized pre-conference workshops 

·         How to prepare for the international trade ramifications of FSMA 

·         Crisis management for scientific executives

More than 450 CPG industry executives are attending the conference at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC, including manufacturer CEOs, chief science officers and vice presidents of research and development from food, beverage and consumer product companies; as well as representatives from allied trade groups based in the U.S. and abroad. GMA is also pleased to announce that the 2014 GMA Science Forum will be held April 6-9, 2014, at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, DC.

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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.

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