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FOOD INDUSTRY CALLS QUESTION 3 DECISION 'A VICTORY FOR RESPONSIBLE RECYCLING'

 FOOD INDUSTRY CALLS QUESTION 3 DECISION
 'A VICTORY FOR RESPONSIBLE RECYCLING'
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The food industry today praised Massachusetts voters on their decision to vote down a ballot initiative on recycling that would have resulted in sharply higher food costs for consumers and decreased consumer confidence in the safety of food packaging.
 "This is a victory for responsible recycling," said John R. Cady, president of the National Food Processors Association (NFPA). "Citizens of the commonwealth understood that Question 3 would have produced the worst of all worlds -- fewer available products, at higher prices."
 The mandatory recycling requirements contained in Question 3 would have created havoc for the Massachusetts economy, Cady noted. "Question 3 would have added more than $290 a year to the cost of goods. Moreover, it would have required that millions and millions of dollars of taxpayers' money be spent just to finance a state bureaucracy of garbage police to enforce the law," he stated.
 "Question 3 is a prime example of an unworkable regulatory approach to an issue of concern to everyone," Cady said. "Existing food packaging technology cannot accommodate these arbitrary recycling levels."
 Cady stated that the food industry is dedicated to reuse, recycling, and reduction of packaging materials, as long as doing so maintains both food safety and consumer confidence. "Food packaging is unique, and in voting down Question 3, the people of Massachusetts have clearly shown that they want nothing to jeopardize the delivery of a safe, wholesome, and economical food supply," he concluded.
 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 speciality products.
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 /CONTACT: Roger Coleman of the National Food Processors Association, 202-639-5935/ CO: National Food Processors Industry ST: Massachusetts IN: SU: LEG


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