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NFPA APPLAUDS APPROVAL OF BST BY FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The approval of BST by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 5 "is good government policy based on sound science," according to the National Food Processors Association (NFPA).
 "This action by FDA, following a thorough scientific review, ensures access to this safe and important new food technology," said Dr. Jeffrey Barach, NFPA's senior vice president of laboratory operations. "FDA decisions should be based on the scientific evidence, not on rhetoric, and this is the case with the agency's approval of BST."
 Recombinant bovine somatotropin (BST) is a product for increasing milk production in dairy cows. Milk from treated cows has been found to have the same nutritional value and composition as milk from untreated cows.
 "We are gratified that, along with this approval, FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler has issued a strong statement assuring the public of the complete safety of milk and meat from BST-treated cows," Barach noted. "We commend FDA for their leadership in reassuring the public about the safety of new food technologies such as BST."
 FDA's announcement that special labeling will not be required for BST treated milk and related products "is appropriate," Barach pointed out. "NFPA and other food industry organizations had argued against such a labeling requirement -- which would serve no useful purpose for consumers -- but agreed that companies should be allowed to voluntarily label their products provided the information is truthful and not misleading. This is exactly what FDA has done."
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry, concentrating exclusively on food issues. The association's 500-member companies 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/


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