To All NJFPA Members:

You are invited to the upcoming QA Roundtable on June 13, 2017.

Shannon Sked, will be presenting, "FSMA Verification Activity: Pest Management in the In-Bound Materials Shipment Environment"

This event will be held 9:00 am - 11:00 am at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, 450 East Broad Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302.

Please RSVP to Amanda Cortez at Amanda@amg101.com

Thank you to Western Pest Services for hosting this session.

The roundtables are open to all members of NJFPA and are free of charge as a benefit to our members.

To volunteer as "host" or to offer a speaker for future months, please contact Donna F Schaffner:

DFSchaffner@NJAES.Rutgers.edu or leave a message at 856-459-1900 x4528

Press Releases

FDA Rejects Calls For Mandatory GMO Labeling, Clearing Path For Reasonable, Bipartisan Compromise

November 19, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) – Today’s announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejecting a petition that asked the Obama administration to support mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a resounding victory for those who support the science-based, bipartisan compromise currently being negotiated in Congress that will create a national, uniform labeling standard that brings transparency and consistency to the marketplace. In denying the petition by labeling advocates, the FDA said that the petition does not provide evidence sufficient to show that foods derived from genetic engineered plants have any safety or other differences from foods from traditional plant breeding. FDA also said that consumer interest alone does not provide a sufficient basis to require labeling of genetic engineering of plants.

“The FDA announcement shows that there is a clear path forward for bipartisan compromise in support of consistent, science-based, factual food labeling and ends any chance of a federal mandatory on-package labeling requirement,” said Claire Parker, spokesperson for the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food. “We applaud FDA for standing up for sound science by opposing mandatory GMO labeling that would mislead consumers and drive up food costs.”

Earlier today, the FDA released its long awaited guidance for food manufacturers who choose to voluntarily label their products as made with GMO ingredients. The release of this guidance reiterates the position of the FDA that mandatory on-package labeling of GMOs is unjustified either by science or by precedent. Mandatory on-package GMO labeling has already been rejected by both chambers of Congress by overwhelming bipartisan majorities. Today’s announcement means both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government are now on record opposing misguided and unjustified GMO labeling mandates. Encouragingly, bipartisan compromise is within reach in Congress that will create a uniform, national food labeling standard that will ensure farmers have the continued ability to produce the safe, affordable food that feeds American families and a growing world population.

“The fact remains that Vermont’s mandatory labeling law is set to take effect next July,” continued Parker. “As members of Congress from both sides of the aisle continue to iron out a reasonable national solution, they should be heartened by the FDA’s announcement, which we are confident will increase momentum behind a deal. It is imperative we get this passed this year.”

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