ASSOCIATIONS SQUARE OFF ON SAFETY REGULATIONS

WASHINGTON -- Leaders of several food industry associations presented Congress last week with divergent views on the need to create a single federal agency to oversee food safety.Tim Hammonds, president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute here, advocated the single-agency case, arguing that the present system "creates inconsistencies, gaps, overlaps and a duplication of effort

WASHINGTON -- Leaders of several food industry associations presented Congress last week with divergent views on the need to create a single federal agency to oversee food safety.

Tim Hammonds, president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute here, advocated the single-agency case, arguing that the present system "creates inconsistencies, gaps, overlaps and a duplication of effort that is becoming increasingly unworkable."

Calling for reform rather than re

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