Food Industry is 'Leading Efforts to Address Issue of Allergens in Foods,' Says NFPA

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Food Processors Association

    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
     "While only a very small percentage of consumers suffer from serious food
 allergies, the food industry is committed to ensuring that label statements on
 products accurately reflect the ingredients in those products.  Existing
 regulations clearly require that all ingredients are listed on food labels, in
 order to protect those consumers with food allergies.
     "NFPA is working with FDA, as well as with consumer groups such as the
 Food Allergy Network, to ensure that industry practices to avoid the inclusion
 of inadvertent allergens in food products are truly effective.  Our industry
 also works closely with government and consumer groups on education efforts to
 provide consumers with the information they need on the important issue of
 food allergies."
 
     NFPA is the voice of the $460 billion food processing industry on
 scientific and public policy issues involving food safety, nutrition,
 technical and regulatory matters and consumer affairs.
     For more information on this issue, contact Timothy Willard, NFPA's Vice
 President of Communications, at 202-637-8060, or visit NFPA's Website at
 http://www.nfpa-food.org .
 
 

SOURCE National Food Processors Association
    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
     "While only a very small percentage of consumers suffer from serious food
 allergies, the food industry is committed to ensuring that label statements on
 products accurately reflect the ingredients in those products.  Existing
 regulations clearly require that all ingredients are listed on food labels, in
 order to protect those consumers with food allergies.
     "NFPA is working with FDA, as well as with consumer groups such as the
 Food Allergy Network, to ensure that industry practices to avoid the inclusion
 of inadvertent allergens in food products are truly effective.  Our industry
 also works closely with government and consumer groups on education efforts to
 provide consumers with the information they need on the important issue of
 food allergies."
 
     NFPA is the voice of the $460 billion food processing industry on
 scientific and public policy issues involving food safety, nutrition,
 technical and regulatory matters and consumer affairs.
     For more information on this issue, contact Timothy Willard, NFPA's Vice
 President of Communications, at 202-637-8060, or visit NFPA's Website at
 http://www.nfpa-food.org .
 
 SOURCE  National Food Processors Association