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Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute Call for Passage of Food Safety Bill

GMA Press Contact

Brian Kennedy / Roger Lowe

office: 202-639-5994 / 202-295- 3954

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter today to Senator Harry Reid and Senator Mitch McConnell, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) on behalf of America’s food retailers and manufacturers, called for the passage of S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. 

In the joint letter from GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey and FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin, the Senate is urged to pass this important bipartisan legislation.  The letter also applauds Senators Reid and McConnell for their efforts to permit consideration of the bill when the Senate returns next week.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will provide FDA with the resources and authorities the agency needs to help strengthen our nation’s food safety system by making prevention the focus of our food safety strategies.  The Senate should vote on this important, bipartisan bill as early as possible during the lame duck session.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will enhance public health and safety by:

  • Requiring all food companies to develop a food safety plan
  • Adopting a risk-based approach to inspection
  • Improving the safety of imported food and food ingredients