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USA: Kraft Foods names Spence and Baxter to senior management team

12 Nov 2001

Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT), a global leader in branded foods and beverages, today announced two key appointments in its research and development organization, naming Jean Spence, 44, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Scientific Affairs and Compliance, a newly created position; and John Baxter, 42, Senior Vice President, Research and Development/Quality, Kraft Foods International.

USA: New study "highlights need to reduce barriers to trade for processed foods and beverages," says NFPA

29 Oct 2001

A new study by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which lists the major trade barriers imposed on processed foods by a variety of countries, "highlights the need to reduce these barriers to free international trade," according to the National Food Processors Association (NFPA).

USA: NFPA applauds senate confirmation of Elsa Murano as USDA undersecretary for food safety

27 Sep 2001

In response to confirmation by the full U.S. Senate on September 26 of Elsa Murano, Ph.D. as Under Secretary of Food Safety of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kelly Johnston, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications for the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), made the following comments:

USA: US Senate vote expected on stronger USDA meat inspection powers

11 Sep 2001

The US Senate is expected to vote before the end of September - possibly as soon as this week - on legislation giving the US Department of Agriculture authority to shut down a meat or poultry processor who fails consistently to meet the government's standards for pathogens such as Salmonella. The proposal has been introduced by US Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. His chief of staff said Harkin would likely offer the language as an amendment to the annual bill appropriating money for USDA.

USA: NFPA, GMA say no need for clearer labelling

14 Aug 2001

The National Food Processors Association and the Grocery Manufacturers of America have reiterated their position to the Food and Drug Administration that there is no need for new labelling requirements. Representing the interests of food manufacturers and retailers, the two associations said labelling options available to producers should remain voluntary.

USA: NFPA urges food labeling focus on health and safety

27 Jul 2001

In response to announcement by the Center for Science in the Public Interest of its intention to file a petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for additional food ingredient labeling requirements, Rhona Applebaum, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the National Food Processors Association, made the following statement:

USA: NFPA Supports Launch of New WTO Round of Negotiations

22 Jun 2001

The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) - joining with the membership of AgTrade, a U.S. coalition to promote agricultural trade - today voiced support for the launch of a new World Trade Organization Round during meetings in Doha, Qatar in November 2001. John Cady, NFPA's President and CEO, made the following comments on the new WTO round:

USA: NFPA 'strongly supportive' of efforts by FDA to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of Office of Food Additive Safety

7 Jun 2001

In response to an announcement that the Food and Drug Administration will reorganize and rename its Office of Premarket Approval -- now named the Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) -- Dr. Rhona Applebaum, Executive Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the National Food Processors Association, made the following comments:

US Regulatory Review - May 2001

5 Jun 2001

In her regular monthly column, Pam Ahlberg brings us regulatory news from Washington. May saw intense lobbying on trade policy from food industry groups, while a Federal interagency task force was conceived to deal with BSE and foot and mouth. Read on for more news of these and other regulatory developments.

USA: GMA, NFPA join forces to pre-empt allergy legislation

31 May 2001

The two largest groups representing the US food industry are today issuing voluntary guidelines on how their members specify on food products the presence of ingredients that may cause potentially fatal reactions, even when present in tiny amounts. The number of people suffering allergic reactions has soared in recent years, and for some time consumers and advocacy groups have been campaigning for tighter legislation.

USA: Food allergen labeling guidelines represents the food industry's 'commitment to consumer information,' says NFPA

31 May 2001

The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) joins with its partners from industry and consumer organizations in the Food Allergy Issues Alliance to announce publication of the consensus document, Food Allergen Labeling Guidelines. "The Food Allergen Labeling Guidelines represent an important commitment by the food industry to empowering consumers with the information they need on the serious issue of food allergies," said Dr. Rhona Applebaum, NFPA's Executive Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs.

Food allergens: Is the US policy response adequate?

29 May 2001

Fatal food allergies are on the increase, making comprehensive labelling on processed foods a matter of life or death. Yet many US food manufacturers fail to comply with recommended labelling requirements. To improve standards, the FDA has published a new compliance policy guide. Nevertheless, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network is calling for greater government enforcement of ingredient labelling and more specific label wording. Pam Ahlberg takes up the story:

USA: GMA, NFPA letter to Veneman outlines criticism of EC traceability proposals

29 May 2001

Nineteen US food and agriculture trade associations have written to agriculture secretary Ann Veneman in order to register their criticism of the latest proposals for traceability and the labelling of GM foods within the European Commission. The EC is due to present the proposals before its meeting on 6 June.

USA: ConAgra's Dr. R. Bruce Tompkin wins 2001 NFPA Food Safety Award

22 May 2001

Dr. R. Bruce Tompkin, Vice President for Food Safety, ConAgra Refrigerated Prepared Foods, is this year's recipient of the NFPA Food Safety Award in recognition of his dedication and many contributions to improving food safety. Dr. Tompkin will be presented the award at the annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection, August 5-8, 2001 in Minneapolis, MN.

US Regulatory Review - April 2001

7 May 2001

In the third issue of her new column, US food industry veteran Pam Ahlberg comments on the latest developments in US food policy and regulation. George Bush has had a mixed first 100 days in government, while the Environmental Protection Agency was surrounded by controversy over dioxin and GM corn. All that and much more besides...

USA: NFPA announces availability of new guidance document

25 Apr 2001

The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) has announced the availability of a new guidance document for the fresh-cut produce industry.   The document, titled "Field Cored Lettuce - Best Practices," is a compilation of food safety practices for harvesting and handling iceberg lettuce that is cored in the field.

Food Irradiation: Stalled at a Green Light

17 Apr 2001

Food Irradiation is still a contentious issue for consumers and food processors alike, despite its many benefits for food safety. As in Europe, the food industry in the US has never embraced the technology in fear of a consumer backlash. Pam Ahlberg reports on how the US is tackling the issue.

USA: NFPA 'strongly supports' funding in FY 2002 budget for food safety programs

12 Apr 2001

In testimony submitted to Congress on the Bush Administration's FY 2002 Budget, the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) strongly supported "adequate funding" for effective food safety programs by the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

USA: NFPA announces industry 'Code of Practice' for managing food allergens

6 Apr 2001

The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) has released an industry "Code of Practice" for managing food allergens. The purpose of the Code is to delineate the general practices used by food companies that can ensure effective strategies for the management of food allergens. "This Code is an important step forward by the food industry in addressing the issue of food allergens," said Dr. Rhona Applebaum, NFPA's Executive Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs. "The Code -- which has taken more than a year to finalize -- was developed with input not only from NFPA member companies but also from the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, the leading consumer group addressing this issue."

USA: Food Industry is 'leading efforts to address issue of allergens in foods,' says NFPA

4 Apr 2001

Commenting on a report by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on food industry practices related to allergens in food products, Dr. Rhona Applebaum, Executive Vice President of the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), made the following statement: "The food industry takes the issue of food allergens very seriously. We have taken the lead in developing manufacturing practices to help avoid the inclusion of any unlabeled allergens in food products. This report will be useful in helping industry to further enhance its efforts to ensure that all potential food allergens are clearly labeled on food packages, and that no inadvertent allergens are contained in food products.

USA: US food - making sure it's really ready-to-eat - COMMENT

23 Feb 2001

The US Department of Agriculture has resubmitted a proposed food safety regulation. The regulation would require meat and poultry establishments to conduct food contact surface testing. It has met with some resistance from food processing industry body NFPA, as the tests would increase producers' costs. In any case, it isn't clear that the regulation would actually have much effect on consumer confidence in food safety.

USA: Proposed USDA performance standards "will require careful review," says NFPA

21 Feb 2001

Proposed regulations establishing performance standards to be used by the food industry in producing ready-to-eat meat and poultry products "will require careful review to ensure that they truly enhance food safety," according to the National Food Processors Association (NFPA). "Because of the scope of this rule and the broad variety of foods it covers, NFPA will need time to review and then respond to these proposed regulations," said Dr. Rhona Applebaum, NFPA’s Executive Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs.  "In the past, NFPA has been supportive of performance standards as opposed to 'command and control' regulations, but we will need to study this proposal further; as with all complex regulatory proposals, the details will dictate our position."

USA: FDA moves into Internet regulation of health claims

14 Feb 2001

Regulatory authorities in the US may step up efforts to control Internet marketing of food products after Ocean Spray Cranberries were forced to remove unapproved health claims about its juices on the company website.    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took action last month after Ocean Spray asserted that its juices "may help the body fight cancer" or "may help lower cholesterol" on its website. The FDA concluded that the company promoted its drinks as if they were medications, going beyond the scope of the types of claims that are permitted on foods

USA: Seafood industry "has excellent food safety record, despite pace of haccp implementation," says NFPA

14 Feb 2001

In response to a report issued yesterday by the Government Accounting Office, addressing the use of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system by the seafood industry, Dane Bernard, Vice President of Food Safety Programs for the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), made the following comments:

USA: NFPA: enhanced coordination of food safety policy is proper emphasis of president's council on food safety report

24 Jan 2001

In response to the final report by the President's Council on Food Safety, released on January 19, 2001, NFPA Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Kelly Johnston said "American consumers enjoy a food supply that is among the world's safest. But Mother Nature doesn't stand still, and neither should we. We share the Council's concerns about the need to continually improve food safety regulation. This report places proper emphasis on enhanced coordination of scientifically sound food safety policy among the responsible agencies at the federal, state and local levels."

USA: FDA juice safety rule 'underscores importance of pasteurization as a food safety tool,' says NFPA

22 Jan 2001

In response to a final rule on fruit and vegetable juice safety, issued today by the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Allen Matthys, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), made the following comments: "FDA's long-awaited final rule clearly underscores the importance of pasteurization as a food safety tool to ensure the safety of fruit and vegetable juices. Under this rule, processors are required to achieve a 100,000-fold reduction in the numbers of the most resistant pathogens in their finished products compared to levels that may be present in unprocessed juice. Clearly, this will require pasteurization or an equivalent treatment.

USA: FDA's new proposal to oversee biotech foods draws opposing reviews

19 Jan 2001

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed new biotech food-review requirements and guidelines are drawing sharply mixed reviews from consumer/environmental activist, food industry and biotechnology groups. The proposal would make it mandatory for food developers to notify the FDA at least 120 days in advance of their intent to market a food or animal feed developed through biotechnology and to provide information to demonstrate that the product is as safe as its conventional counterpart.

USA: Risk assessment and action plan for listeria monocytogenes is "solid forward progress for food safety," says NFPA

19 Jan 2001

A draft assessment and action plan addressing the relative risk to public health from Listeria monocytogenes among selected categories of ready-to-eat foods, to be released January 19 by the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "is solid forward progress for food safety," according to the National Food Processors Association (NFPA).

USA: FDA juice safety rule "underscores importance of pasteurization as a food safety tool," says NFPA

19 Jan 2001

In response to a final rule on fruit and vegetable juice safety, issued today by the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Allen Matthys, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), made the following comments: "FDA's long-awaited final rule clearly underscores the importance of pasteurization as a food safety tool to ensure the safety of fruit and vegetable juices. Under this rule, processors are required to achieve a 100,000-fold reduction in the numbers of the most resistant pathogens in their finished products compared to levels that may be present in unprocessed juice.  Clearly, this will require pasteurization or an equivalent treatment.

USA: FDA proposed rule "a strong step forward for consumer confidence in biotechnology," says NFPA

17 Jan 2001

A proposed rule by the Food and Drug Administration providing for a mandatory review process prior to the marketing of new biotech food products, and draft guidance for making label claims for "biotech" or "biotech-free" products, "is a strong step forward for consumer confidence in food biotechnology," according to the National Food Processors Association (NFPA).  The rule and guidance were issued by FDA on January 17.

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