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NFPA URGES PROMPT ACTION ON HACCP

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- An announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it will hold a roundtable on the use of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system "means that we're one step closer to government agreement on the use of this food safety assurance approach," said the National Food Processors Association (NFPA). The announcement will be published in the Jan. 11 Federal Register.
 "NFPA has long supported the use of HACCP, and we are eager to participate in USDA's HACCP roundtable," said NFPA president and CEO John R. Cady. "Prompt action is needed by USDA to ensure that the widespread use of HACCP by the food industry becomes a reality as soon as possible."
 An HACCP program enables food processors to identify critical control points in the food production system, then monitor and control food safety factors at those points.
 "We are hopeful that the USDA will move swiftly to announce proposed HACCP rules, so that industry can implement these programs," Cady noted. "NFPA stands ready to work with both USDA and the Food and Drug Administration to assure widespread use of HACCP by food companies."
 Cady stated that "USDA must not allow the conduct of this roundtable to slow progress towards issuing proposed HACCP rules under the normal proposal and comment process. Our concern has been that the roundtable approach could delay the agency's issuance of these proposals when they are so critically needed to help us ensure the safety of the nation's food supply," he added.
 The National Food Processors Association is the nation's largest food trade association, representing the $400 billion food processing industry. NFPA, which concentrates exclusively on food issues, represents more than 500 member companies who produce processed and packaged foods, drinks and juices.
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 /CONTACT: Timothy Willard of the National Food Processors Association, 202-637-8060/


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