Make Our Food Safe
09/20/2010

"Big biz, consumers ally on food safety"

The Des Moines Register | Philip Brasher

"Consumer advocates and big business are at odds more often than not but they’re getting together this week to call on senators to pass a food-safety bill before they Washington to campaign. Officials with the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Manufacturers appeared at a news conference today with representatives of several major consumer groups, including the Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The bill would increase food inspections, require food makers to have plans for preventing contamination, authorize growing standards for fruit and vegetable growers, and provide the Food and Drug Administration with new authority to oversee farms and processors.

Rosario Palmieri, a vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, said the legislation would 'bring certainty to food and beverage manufacturers as well as the supply base that supports them.'"

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