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NFPA TELLS SENATE PANEL FULL 12-MONTH EXTENSION OF NUTRITION LABELING REGULATIONS NEEDED

 NFPA TELLS SENATE PANEL FULL 12-MONTH EXTENSION OF
 NUTRITION LABELING REGULATIONS NEEDED
 WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Anything less than a 12-month extension of the effective date for the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) "will place the food industry in a position where it will be unable to be in full compliance," the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) told a Senate Panel today.
 Testifying before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, Dr. Lester Crawford, NFPA vice president, scientific affairs, said: "Failure to grant the full 12-month extension will leave many firms without labels for their products and facing the choice of using old non-complying labels or ceasing shipment of product until new labels become available."
 In the past, NFPA has clearly indicated the need for sufficient time to accomplish the monumental task of changing all food product labels and packages, Crawford stated. "During final negotiations on the NLEA, we made it clear that even 18 months would likely not be enough time to change all labels, but that the industry would make every effort to comply," he noted. "In our view the full scope of this task was never acknowledged."
 Results of an industry survey conducted by NFPA indicate that a 12-month extension of the compliance date would save the food industry -- and consumers -- more than $2.7 billion. "It is now clear that a six-month compliance period will cost the FDA-regulated food industry close to $4.0 billion," Crawford said. "This compares to a cost of about $1.28 billion if a full year extension is granted."
 An early compliance date "will ensure that the NLEA is implemented in an ineffective manner for consumers," Crawford concluded. "Why not use the tools available for assuring success of the NLEA -- the 12-month extension provided for in the law?"
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry. 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/ CO: National Food Processors Association ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: LEG


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