NFPA Stresses Need for Cooperative Efforts on Food Allergen Labeling, Rather Than New Legislation

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Food Processors Association

    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the announcement by
 Rep. Nita Lowey of New York that she will introduce legislation on the
 labeling of allergens in food products, Dr. Rhona Applebaum, Executive Vice
 President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the National Food
 Processors Association (NFPA), made the following comments:
     "The food industry takes the issue of food allergens very seriously.  Food
 companies have taken the lead in developing manufacturing practices to help
 avoid the inclusion of any unlabeled allergens in food products, as well as in
 ensuring the accuracy of food labeling when it comes to the presence of
 allergens in food products.
     "While Congressional interest in the important topics of food safety and
 food allergens is understandable, we believe that legislation is not
 necessary.  Existing regulations clearly require that all ingredients be
 listed on food labels in order to protect consumers with food allergies, and
 FDA has ample authority to enforce those regulations.  The food industry is
 now working with FDA and with consumer groups on new guidelines to ensure that
 industry practices are truly effective in providing accurate labeling for the
 presence of allergens in food.
     "In April, NFPA released an industry 'Code of Practice' for managing food
 allergens, which specifically addresses allergen labeling.  The Code was
 developed with input not only from NFPA's 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.  It is the food industry's position that food
 processors must be diligent in informing consumers about the presence of
 allergens in products.
     "Equally important, our industry continues to work with government and
 consumer groups on education efforts to provide consumers with the information
 they need on the important issue of food allergies.  We believe that education
 is critical for consumers with food allergies to ensure that they know how to
 read food labels and get the information they need on these products."
     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; Libby Mikesell, Senior Director
 of Communications, at 202-639-5919; or visit NFPA's Website at
 http://www.nfpa-food.org .
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the announcement by
 Rep. Nita Lowey of New York that she will introduce legislation on the
 labeling of allergens in food products, Dr. Rhona Applebaum, Executive Vice
 President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the National Food
 Processors Association (NFPA), made the following comments:
     "The food industry takes the issue of food allergens very seriously.  Food
 companies have taken the lead in developing manufacturing practices to help
 avoid the inclusion of any unlabeled allergens in food products, as well as in
 ensuring the accuracy of food labeling when it comes to the presence of
 allergens in food products.
     "While Congressional interest in the important topics of food safety and
 food allergens is understandable, we believe that legislation is not
 necessary.  Existing regulations clearly require that all ingredients be
 listed on food labels in order to protect consumers with food allergies, and
 FDA has ample authority to enforce those regulations.  The food industry is
 now working with FDA and with consumer groups on new guidelines to ensure that
 industry practices are truly effective in providing accurate labeling for the
 presence of allergens in food.
     "In April, NFPA released an industry 'Code of Practice' for managing food
 allergens, which specifically addresses allergen labeling.  The Code was
 developed with input not only from NFPA's 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.  It is the food industry's position that food
 processors must be diligent in informing consumers about the presence of
 allergens in products.
     "Equally important, our industry continues to work with government and
 consumer groups on education efforts to provide consumers with the information
 they need on the important issue of food allergies.  We believe that education
 is critical for consumers with food allergies to ensure that they know how to
 read food labels and get the information they need on these products."
     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; Libby Mikesell, Senior Director
 of Communications, at 202-639-5919; or visit NFPA's Website at
 http://www.nfpa-food.org .
 
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