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NFPA APPLAUDS REGULATORY MORATORIUM EXTENSION

 NFPA APPLAUDS REGULATORY MORATORIUM EXTENSION
 WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- President Bush's


announcement that he is extending for four months a moratorium on new federal regulations "is good news for consumers and the food industry alike," the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) said today.
 "Unnecessary, duplicative and burdensome regulation costs business billions of dollars a year, and these costs affect the prices consumers pay," said NFPA President John R. Cady. "We heartily support President Bush in his efforts to review both existing and proposed new government regulations."
 NFPA has urged that a number of federal regulations and administrative actions be considered during the moratorium, including:
 -- A one-year extension of the effective date of new food labeling required by the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA). "NFPA data indicate the costs associated with the current compliance date of May 1993 are over $4 billion," Cady noted. "A 12-month extension would reduce those costs to about $1.28 billion -- a savings of more than $2.7 billion for the food industry and consumers."
 -- Dropping FDA plans to propose a new food label format. "A regulation mandating a new label format would provide no clear benefit to consumers," Cady pointed out. "The NLEA does not mandate that FDA change the current label format; FDA should not require it."
 -- Doing away with FDA's proposed cholesterol interim rule. "As proposed, this rule would cause every product now bearing a cholesterol claim to be misbranded and subject to regulatory action," Cady stated. "This interim rule is inconsistent with the FDA's 1990 tentative final rule on cholesterol descriptors and the NLEA proposed rulemaking on descriptors. It would create an uncertain enforcement climate and encourage litigation."
 -- Avoiding restrictions on truthful speech. "FDA proposals to ban certain truthful and non-misleading descriptions on food labels would interfere with the consumer's right to know, particularly with respect to health claims," Cady said. "It would also infringe on First Amendment protections of free commercial speech."
 Cady added that attacking such unnecessary and costly regulations such as these will aid efforts to climb out of the economic recession. "The food industry is doing everything it can to keep costs down, for industry and for consumers. Government must now do its part to make sure that expensive and ineffective new regulations are not enacted," he concluded.
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry. Its member produce the nation's processed-packaged fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, juices and drinks and specialty products.
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