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USA: Food, beverage and consumer product companies continue contributions to disaster relief efforts

17 Sep 2001

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, the member companies of the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) continue efforts to provide major financial contributions as well as truckloads of food, beverages and other essential needs for the victims of this tragedy. Given the needs of the victims, survivors and relief workers, the food, beverage and consumer products industry is in a unique position to provide the kind of help needed by the disaster relief organizations. Like most Americans and U.S. businesses, the industry felt an immediate impulse to do everything it could to help those in need.

USA: Food, beverage and consumer product industry rallies to help with disaster relief efforts

13 Sep 2001

GMA and its member companies share the shock and anguish that every American feels in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the nation's airlines, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  In a generous showing of support for the victims of these acts of terrorism, GMA member companies have begun the process of donating money, food, beverages and other essential products to those in need. 

US assails European Commission traceability legislation

16 Aug 2001

Traceability and labelling are two of the hottest topics in agribusiness today. Just as contentious is the genetic modification of crops and food. If you combine the two, it is nearly impossible to achieve international consensus, and Steve Clapp reports on a strong reaction from the US to the EU's new legislation in this area.

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: GMA outlines principles for sugar reform

7 Aug 2001

Current Program Barrier To U.S. Trade The Grocery Manufacturers of America yesterday outlined guidelines for reforming the U.S. sugar program before an audience of sugar growers at the International Sweetener Symposium in Sun Valley, Idaho. GMA emphasized that reform must balance the needs of growers, manufacturers and the trade obligations of the United States.

USA: New GMA task force will focus on e-commerce issues impacting DSD companies

12 Jul 2001

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) has launched a new task force to focus on critical e-commerce issues that impact the food and consumer product industry's direct store delivery (DSD) system. DSD companies deliver their products, which typically have high turnover at the store or are fragile and/or perishable, directly to retailers, rather than through a warehouse system. DSD categories include snack foods, carbonated beverages, bread, milk, frozen pizza and beer.

USA: Pepsico Vice Chairman Enrico To Lead GMA Efforts To Secure Trade Promotion

19 Jun 2001

Indicating the importance of international trade to the food, beverage and consumer product industry, the Grocery Manufacturers of America today named Roger Enrico, vice chairman of PepsiCo, Inc., to lead GMA efforts in urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation.

USA: GMA calls California senate vote a 'misguided attempt to combat obesity'

7 Jun 2001

By approving a bill that would ban the sale of many foods in schools, the California Senate has effectively voted to reduce the power of local school boards, according to GMA. The legislation, billed as an attempt to combat childhood obesity, does virtually nothing to address the lack of nutrition education or access to physical activity in schools, said Kristin Power, GMA western region director for state affairs

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: GMA, food allergy issues alliance develop 'easy-to-understand' labeling guidelines

31 May 2001

Informing consumers about food allergens in products with simple, easy-to-understand language can limit unexpected allergic reactions, especially in children, according to GMA Director of Scientific and Nutrition Policy, Lisa Katic, R.D. "Current regulations for product labels require the use of scientific terms: albumin for eggs or whey instead of milk. These terms can be confusing for adults, let alone children," said Katic. "The new guidelines we are outlining today will bring some clarity to confusion and help parents and children with food allergies avoid products that may trigger a reaction."

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: GMA calls for elimination of unfair trade barriers

23 May 2001

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) this week spearheaded food industry support for the International Trade Commission's (ITC) efforts to eliminate what it calls "trade barriers faced by the food and beverage industry." "The processed food and beverage industry provides a key export gateway for our farmers and ranchers," said Sarah Fogarty, GMA director of international trade. "Completion of the ITC study will help us address the trade problems faced by this sector so that it can continue to play a vital role in our agricultural marketing system."

USA: GMA says trade officials need better information about tariff, non-tariff barriers industry faces

22 May 2001

The Grocery Manufacturers of America today expressed strong support for the International Trade Commission's (ITC) efforts to give trade negotiators new tools to eliminate trade barriers faced by the food and beverage industry. "The processed food and beverage industry provides a key export gateway for our farmers and ranchers," said Sarah Fogarty, GMA director of international trade. "Completion of the ITC study will help us address the trade problems faced by this sector so that it can continue to play a vital role in our agricultural marketing system."

USA: GMA says success of FTAA hinges on new round of World Trade Organization talks

11 May 2001

The Grocery Manufacturers of America yesterday told the U.S. Trade Representative that success of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) depends on the launch of new trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). In written comments to USTR, GMA said agriculture is the most protected of all trade sectors and has emerged as one of the most contentious issues in FTAA negotiations.

USA: GMA highlights industry efforts to combat obesity at national food policy conference

1 May 2001

The Grocery Manufacturers of America yesterday pledged the food industry's continued support to address the nation's obesity problem noting that physical activity must be part of the solution. GMA Director of Scientific and Nutrition Policy Lisa Katic, R.D. was a featured speaker on the panel discussion "Children and Obesity: Who's Gaining Ground" at the 2001 National Food Policy Conference sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America Foundation.  Katic said obesity is a complex issue that demands a focus on both healthy eating and physical activity.

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: GMA'S Molpus lauds funding increase for food safety; urges FDA to allow use of disease prevention claims

11 Apr 2001

Grocery Manufacturers of America President and CEO C. Manly Molpus today hailed the commitment to food safety reflected in the Bush administration's FY 2002 budget plan, released yesterday. His comments were part of opening remarks at GMA’s Spring Scientific & Regulatory Policy Conference.

US Regulatory Review - March 2001

4 Apr 2001

In the second issue of her new column, US food industry veteran Pam Ahlberg brings us an overview of the latest developments in US food regulation. As Pam explains, food industry groups are hoping the repeal of the OSHA ergonomics rule represents just the beginning of the new Bush administration's industry-friendly regulation policy.

USA: GMA says FDA violating First Amendment

19 Mar 2001

The Food and Drug Administration is constitutionally required to treat foods and dietary supplements equally when it comes to rules governing qualified disease prevention claims, the Grocery Manufacturers of America said today. GMA said that conventional foods should not be restricted from making qualified claims that can be made for dietary supplements because consumers can benefit from increased information about the link between food and health.

USA: Important information about recent developments with StarLink Corn

9 Mar 2001

As journalists consider reporting on the latest StarLink corn developments, GMA believes it is important to consider the following points: Although StarLink corn has not been approved for food, America's leading allergenists, the scientific community and EPA officials have all said repeatedly that StarLink corn represents no immediate health concern and that the risks -- if any -- are extremely low.

USA: Repeal of ergonomics rule hailed by food, beverage and consumer product industry

8 Mar 2001

The Grocery Manufacturers of America applauded today’s bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives to reject the Clinton administration's "ill-conceived, expensive and unscientific" ergonomics rule. "GMA members are concerned about the health and safety of their workers, but the standards set in the waning hours of the Clinton Administration were unreasonable," said C. Manly Molpus, President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers of America. "The staggering breadth, scope and cost of the rule were unprecedented in the history of government regulation."

USA: GMA'S Dr. Sue Ferenc named to Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Advisory Committee

26 Feb 2001

Susan A. Ferenc, DVM, Ph.D., Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Policy at the Grocery Manufacturers of America has been named to the Advisory Committee of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA). As a member of HRCA's Advisory Committee, Dr. Ferenc will offer ideas and advice about the direction and activities of the Center, and will attend its biennial meeting in June of this year. Issues to be addressed at this year's meeting include the role of food safety in international trade, bovine spongiform encephaloathy (BSE) and food biotechnology.

USA: FDA proposal for biotech labeling and product approval "a victory for consumers"

19 Feb 2001

Saturday's (17 February) release by the Food and Drug Administration of proposed rules affecting the way biotech food products are approved and labeled should reinforce consumer confidence said the Grocery Manufacturers of America. "This is a victory for consumers," said Lisa Katic, a registered dietitian and GMA's Director of Scientific and Nutrition Policy. "This will make an already effective regulatory system more open and transparent. Most importantly, there is again renewed acknowledgement that food biotechnology is safe."

USA: Tyler Cluverius joins GMA as manager, industry affairs

19 Feb 2001

Tyler Cluverius, an experienced association executive and project leader, has been named Manager, Industry Affairs at the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA). For the past seven years, Cluverius has worked in project management and continuing education for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). At ASEE, he managed the society’s web-based continuing education and distance learning initiative, as well as managed the organization’s web-based annual survey and publication of the society's academic directories. While at ASEE, Cluverius also managed several federally-sponsored education and research programs. "Tyler’s proven track record in association project management is a strong fit for our Industry Affairs Group, particularly in working with our various committees and in guiding new GMA initiatives on growth and productivity,” said Pamela Stegeman, Vice President, Industry Affairs.

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: GMA: FDA proposal for biotech labeling and product approval 'a victory for consumers'

18 Jan 2001

Today's release by the Food and Drug Administration of proposed rules affecting the way biotech food products are approved and labeled should reinforce consumer confidence said the Grocery Manufacturers of America .

USA: GMA says Robert Zoellick an excellent choice for United States trade representative

12 Jan 2001

The Grocery Manufacturers of America yesterday praised President-elect George W. Bush's selection of former State Department official Robert Zoellick to be the next United States Trade Representative. "Given his impressive record and his demonstrated knowledge of economics, foreign policy and trade, Bob Zoellick is an excellent choice to be our trade representative," said Mary Sophos, Senior Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer of the Grocery Manufacturers of America.

USA: Legislative strategist Kristin Power joins GMA as director, state affairs

10 Jan 2001

Kristin Power, an experienced legislative and regulatory advocate has been named Director, State Affairs at the Grocery Manufacturers of America . "Kristin comes to GMA with a strong legislative background and extensive experience in issues management," said Chip Kunde, GMA Vice President, State Affairs. "Her knowledge of California's legislature will provide valuable experience to GMA's State Affairs team as we continue to forge strategic alliances on key industry issues, such as biotechnology and solid waste management."

USA: Study on salt consumption sparks debate over US health guidelines

4 Jan 2001

Alarm bells have been sounded that the US government recommended-daily allowance of salt is too high. The scientists who completed the study have now provoked widespread debate concerning salt and the average American diet. Consumption levels of salt are an important issue in the US, where some 50 million people suffer from high blood pressure, a condition that scientists have agreed for many years can be alleviated with careful cuts in the amount of salt in diets.

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