(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has launched an International Food Additive Database designed to provide industry with easy access to accurate and current regulatory requirements on food additives in importing countries around the world.
“The International Food Additive Database will be an invaluable tool in helping to expand export markets for U.S. specialty and processed food products,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). “The Database will help U.S. exporters ensure the products they are shipping comply with the food additive standards and regulatory requirements in the export market and, by establishing a single global source of food additive standards, it will also help U.S. federal trade officials prevent and eliminate trade barriers to U.S. food products.”
The International Food Additive Database uses the Codex General Standards for Food Additives (GFSA) as its baseline. Development of the Database was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The long term objective is to expand the Database over time so that it includes all major export markets for U.S. value added products. Currently, the food additive regulatory requirements for Codex, China, Korea,, Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Japan, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan and Uganda are included in the Database. Additional markets will continue to be included through 2011. The database was publicly launched during the Codex Committee on Food Additives in China, in March of this year and canbe accessed at www.foodadditivedatabase.com.
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.