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AMERICANS' FOOD SAFETY CONCERNS 'MISPLACED,' SAYS NFPA

 WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Food safety concerns centering on pesticide residues rather than microbiological contamination "are badly misplaced," according to the National Food Processors Association (NFPA).
 "Food safety experts from research universities and the U.S. government have asserted over and over that existing trivial trace levels of pesticide residues in foods have no health significance," said NFPA President and CEO John R. Cady. "Concerns over non-existent health problems such as trace pesticide residues distracts attention from real concerns, such as microbiological contamination caused by improper handling of foods."
 Cady's remarks came in response to a survey of public attitudes toward agrochemicals, conducted on behalf of Public Voice for Food & Health Policy, a food activist group. "This poll -- if an accurate reflection of public concerns -- shows that much needs to be done to educate the public on the reality of food safety issues," Cady stated. "We need to focus public attention on real food safety issues, and we must make the public aware of what the food industry is already doing to address real food safety concerns."
 Cady noted that on May 25, NFPA will hold a one-day conference to examine government and industry food safety initiatives, with special emphasis on the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system, in Washington.
 "This conference's emphasis on HACCP reflects NFPA's belief that HACCP will become the preeminent quality control technology for the food industry," Cady said. "We hope that activist groups such as Public Voice will learn more about real-world food safety efforts -- and will help educate the public on efforts being made to ensure the safety of our nation's food supply."
 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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