WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association is pleased with President Obama’s plan to create a work group to coordinate federal food safety efforts. Pam Bailey, GMA’s president and chief executive officer, expressed the association’s support in a letter sent to the White House on Friday.
“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,” the letter said. “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.”
The letter also offered recommendations to support proposals in the House and Senate that would require food manufacturers to document their food safety controls, as well as the food safety measures implemented by their foreign suppliers. GMA is also seeking safety standards for certain fruits and vegetables, a focus on facilities that pose the greatest risk for contamination, and for the Food and Drug Administration to be granted the authority to order mandatory recalls.
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