GMA's Molpus Lauds Funding Increase for Food Safety; Urges FDA to Allow Use of Disease Prevention Claims

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Grocery Manufacturers of America

    WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
     "President Bush's budget proposal is an important step to ensure that
 America continues to have the safest food supply in the world," said Molpus.
 "The President has clearly recognized the importance of ensuring that food
 safety agencies have adequate resources, appropriately applied, so that the
 agencies can respond to the changing dynamics of food safety in a creative and
 effective manner."
     "GMA is committed to an FDA that has the resources it needs to carry out
 all of its mandates. We will urge Congressional action on this increase of
 food safety funds so FDA can retain its status as a world-class food safety
 agency."
     At the conference, Molpus also noted that GMA filed a petition last month
 urging the FDA to reverse its stance on how it implements the Pearson v.
 Shalala decision. In Pearson, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
 Columbia Circuit ruled that the FDA's restrictive policy on food disease
 prevention claims was a violation of the First Amendment.
     Molpus said that FDA must allow the food industry to communicate product
 attributes that are helpful to consumers. "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," he added.
     "We need the agency to rethink its position on disease claims for food. We
 believe the court agrees. GMA will give FDA a reasonable amount of time to
 respond to our petition, but we are prepared to bring this matter to the U.S.
 District Court," said Molpus.
     Molpus' speech also addressed the implications regulatory decisions made
 by Codex Alimentarius will have on international trade.
 
     GMA is the world's largest association of food, beverage and consumer
 product companies. With U.S. sales of more than $460 billion, GMA members
 employ more than 2.5 million workers in all 50 states. The organization
 applies legal, scientific and political expertise from its member companies to
 vital food, nutrition and public policy issues affecting the industry. Led by
 a board of 44 Chief Executive Officers, GMA speaks for food and consumer
 product manufacturers at the state, federal and international levels on
 legislative and regulatory issues. The association also leads efforts to
 increase productivity, efficiency and growth in the food, beverage and
 consumer products industry.
 
 

SOURCE Grocery Manufacturers of America
    WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
     "President Bush's budget proposal is an important step to ensure that
 America continues to have the safest food supply in the world," said Molpus.
 "The President has clearly recognized the importance of ensuring that food
 safety agencies have adequate resources, appropriately applied, so that the
 agencies can respond to the changing dynamics of food safety in a creative and
 effective manner."
     "GMA is committed to an FDA that has the resources it needs to carry out
 all of its mandates. We will urge Congressional action on this increase of
 food safety funds so FDA can retain its status as a world-class food safety
 agency."
     At the conference, Molpus also noted that GMA filed a petition last month
 urging the FDA to reverse its stance on how it implements the Pearson v.
 Shalala decision. In Pearson, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
 Columbia Circuit ruled that the FDA's restrictive policy on food disease
 prevention claims was a violation of the First Amendment.
     Molpus said that FDA must allow the food industry to communicate product
 attributes that are helpful to consumers. "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," he added.
     "We need the agency to rethink its position on disease claims for food. We
 believe the court agrees. GMA will give FDA a reasonable amount of time to
 respond to our petition, but we are prepared to bring this matter to the U.S.
 District Court," said Molpus.
     Molpus' speech also addressed the implications regulatory decisions made
 by Codex Alimentarius will have on international trade.
 
     GMA is the world's largest association of food, beverage and consumer
 product companies. With U.S. sales of more than $460 billion, GMA members
 employ more than 2.5 million workers in all 50 states. The organization
 applies legal, scientific and political expertise from its member companies to
 vital food, nutrition and public policy issues affecting the industry. Led by
 a board of 44 Chief Executive Officers, GMA speaks for food and consumer
 product manufacturers at the state, federal and international levels on
 legislative and regulatory issues. The association also leads efforts to
 increase productivity, efficiency and growth in the food, beverage and
 consumer products industry.
 
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