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Grocery Manufacturers Association Provides Food Safety Training to Asia-Pacific Rim Economies

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WASHINGTON, DC - Representatives from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and a number of its member companies today joined other eminent food safety experts to conduct food safety training at an APEC Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN) for Food Safety event in Beijing, China.

“As the leading voice on behalf of the food and beverage industry in calling for reforms that will help improve the safety of our global food supply, GMA welcomes the opportunity to be a part of this event and to share our expertise in food safety and supply chain management, said GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. “PTIN training events such as this one are an invaluable tool that will help to improve the safety and security of our global food supply by providing growers, manufacturers and regulators in the Asia-Pacific region with education and training that is consistent with International best practices.”

Twenty APEC economies are expected to participate in the training, including a large contingent from the developing world. GMA member companies will give presentations on supplier selection, building safety into the product, managing the supply chain and preventative practices. Several GMA member companies are event sponsors, including Cargill, General Mills, Coca Cola, Kraft and Waters Inc. In addition, Warren Stone, GMA’s director of science policy, compliance and inspection will give a presentation on best practices in supply chain management.

This is the fourth event under the APEC Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN) for Food Safety which was launched by APEC leaders in November 2008 with co-chairs from Australia and China. GMA was appointed to the Steering Committee and has worked closely with a supportive group of GMA companies to provide training in risk analysis, export certification over the past year.