(Washington, DC) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement from Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO, on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) release of the final rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on prevention of intentional product adulteration:
“We welcome today’s release by FDA of its final rule on prevention of intentional product adulteration, the last of the seven major foundational rules for FSMA.
“Food and beverage manufacturers have an unwavering commitment to the safety and integrity of their products and this final rule will further help manufacturers to ensure they have the necessary protocols in place, both at home and abroad, to protect their products from willful acts of adulteration.
“FSMA ensures that prevention is the cornerstone of our nation’s food safety strategy. It places new responsibilities on food and beverage manufacturers and provides the FDA with the resources and authorities it needs to further strengthen our nation’s food safety net.
“GMA will continue its work to support the effective implementation of FSMA and will maintain a leadership role on behalf of industry to educate food and beverage manufacturers on what it will take to comply with the law, both in the U.S. and the entire global supply chain.”
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 has facilities in 30,000 communities, generates $1 trillion in sales annually, contributes $415 billion in added value to the economy every year and is the single largest U.S. manufacturing industry with 1.7 million manufacturing workers. 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.