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FOOD INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO RELEASE OF NRC PESTICIDE REPORT

 WASHINGTON, June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The food industry today pledged to work with government agencies to further enhance the safety of foods consumed by children.
 "We are pleased that the National Research Council (NRC) committee, which conducted the exhaustive study released today of the way pesticides are regulated, concluded that childrens' diets do not need to be changed and should include a wide variety of fruits and vegetables," said John R. Cady, president and CEO of the National Food Processors Association (NFPA).
 "If scientific and regulatory procedures need to be changed to afford children greater protection, we will be in the forefront in helping to develop the changes and making them work," said Cady.
 Cady said he agrees with the findings of the NRC report that better data are needed upon which to base pesticide regulatory decisions. "We certainly need more information about childrens' food consumption patterns, and we should obtain and use actual pesticide data instead of assuming that residues are present at maximum levels," Cady added.
 "The food processing industry cares deeply about consumers, and makes every effort to minimize pesticide use and to take other steps to reduce any residues in processed foods." Cady Said. He noted that the NRC report cites NFPA's "Protective Screen Program" -- detailed recommendations for preventing illegal and unnecessary residues that involve residues that involve washing, blanching and processing steps and emphasize proper use of chemicals at the farm source. "We also monitor residues and maintain a data bank showing residue levels, which are nearly always are non-detectable," Cady added.
 "The scientists in our organization and in the food industry will carefully study and evaluate conclusions of the NRC report and apply them as appropriate to further enhance safety of our foods," Cady concluded.
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry, focusing exclusively on food. The associations's three research laboratories serve NFPA's 500 member companies, manufacturers of the nation's processed-packaged fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, juices and drinks and specialty products.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: NFPA spokespersons on the NRC report include Dr. Lester M. Crawford, the association's top scientist who is responsible for the operation of the association's food science laboratories./
 /CONTACT: Roger Coleman of National Food Processors Association, 202-639-5935, or home, 703-237-2562/


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