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FOOD INDUSTRY CALLS FOR END TO USE OF LEAD SOLDERED CONTAINERS

   FOOD INDUSTRY CALLS FOR END TO USE OF LEAD SOLDERED CONTAINERS
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Food Processors Association and two food industry supplier groups have called upon federal regulatory agencies to prevent further use of lead soldered food containers.
    In letters to the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, NFPA President John R. Cady cited a resolution passed by his board of directors on Oct. 17, 1991:  "That the National Food Processors Association, the Can Manufacturers Institute and the American Iron and Steel Institute call upon the FDA and the USDA to prevent the further use and manufacture of lead soldered regulated food containers, both domestic and imported."
    Cady noted that NFPA and CMI have worked cooperatively with FDA to convert domestic can production away from the lead soldered container.  "This successful program has required a massive effort to develop and institute alternative can-making methods by U.S. container producers," Cady said.
    Cady says his association has previously been on record as favoring the voluntary discontinuance of lead soldered food containers.
    "This new action by our board reaffirms the industry's resolve to assure the continued safety of the food supply," Cady added.  "While lead-based paint is the major contributor to high blood lead levels that can be particularly harmful to children, we want to make sure that food is not a source of unacceptable lead levels," he concluded.
    NFPA is the voice of the food industry on food safety and other scientific issues.  The association operates three food science laboratories.  NFPA's 500 members produce the nation's processed- packaged fruits and vegetables, juices and drinks, meat and poultry, seafood and specialty products.
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    /CONTACT:  Roger Coleman of the National Food Processors Association, 202-639-5935/ CO:  National Food Processors Association ST:  District of Columbia IN:  FOD SU:  LEG MP -- DC004 -- 0077 11/01/91 08:56 EST
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