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CONSUMER SAFETY MUST TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER RECYCLING EFFORTS, SAYS NFPA PRESIDENT

 CONSUMER SAFETY MUST TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER RECYCLING EFFORTS,
 SAYS NFPA PRESIDENT
 WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Concern for consumer safety must not be subordinated to the zeal to recycle packaging, John R. Cady, president of the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), said today.
 "We cannot afford legislation that mandates 'rates and dates,' requiring our industry to assure recycling rates by certain dates, or that mandates arbitrary source reduction or use of recycled materials," Cady said in his remarks at the executive conference of Bush Brothers & Company in Knoxville, Tenn. "We must make the case that food and food packaging are special."
 For reasons of product safety and integrity, food packaging "should not be subject to the same recycling mandates as motor oil containers," Cady argued. "We have spent the last 85 years ensuring the safety of the food supply for consumers. It would all go out the window with the current version of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, while pharmaceuticals and health devices have been excluded from RCRA because of safety concerns. It doesn't make sense that food is not!"
 As currently written, the RCRA bill "will result in higher food prices, reduced quality, and the unavailability of some foods and packaging," Cady pointed out. "The bill sounds good but subordinates all packaging functions to a single priority: reduction of solid waste, without any evaluation of the cost or the impact on public health or nutrition."
 The food industry "must make the case that recycling isn't always the answer to disposal," Cady concluded. "Composting, waste-to- energy and well designed landfills must be part of the long-term solid waste solution."
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry. Its members produce the nation's processed-packaged fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, juices and drinks, and specialty products.
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 /CONTACT: Timothy Willard of the National Food Processors Association, 202-637-8060/ CO: National Food Processors Association ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: LEG


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