Seeking to allay current anxiety about the quality of food imports in the country, the Grocery Manufacturers Association introduced a series of steps Tuesday to strengthen present regulatory guidelines for imports. The country’s largest industry trade group undertook these steps principally out of public concern about the recent trade calamity with China, including DEG-laced toothpaste, defective tires, lead-painted toys, and chemically-tainted seafood.
In order to put to rest growing consumer concerns about the safety of products, members of the industry trade group recommend dedicating more funds to the FDA’s annual budget, an agency already overtaxed as it stands now. More funding would permit the agency to perform its oversight duties to more adequately. According to the GMA, “Recent events have exposed weaknesses in our nation’s food safety net”.
The stance the GMA is taking in this instance is in stark contrast to the past where the least possible regulation was desired by big industry groups. Trade groups have traditionally lobbied hard to keep regulatory efforts at bay, but the recent food scares make it good business to be proactive in lobbying for regulation to forestall any future safety problems.
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