WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Senior Vice President and Chief Science & Regulatory Affairs Operating Officer Dr. Craig Henry today testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee regarding food safety oversight:
“Americans enjoy one of the safest food supplies in the world, but food and beverage companies recognize that steps must be taken to make our food supply even safer. Ensuring the safety of our products – and maintaining the confidence of consumers – is the single most important goal of the food and beverage industry. Product safety is the foundation of consumer trust, and our industry devotes enormous resources to ensure that our products are safe.
“Industry is prepared to work collaboratively with government to identify and address gaps in our current traceability system, including measures that will ensure that responsibility for traceability is shared throughout the supply chain, measures that will improve the interoperability of current and future traceability systems, and that which build upon and encourage industry innovation. In particular, GMA strongly supports House and Senate proposals to develop and test promising new traceability systems through pilot programs in the produce sector.
“We are committed to working with Congress to enact food safety legislation that will continually improve the safety of America’s food supplies.”