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FOOD INDUSTRY SUPPORTS BUSH PLAN TO EASE BIOTECH REGS

 FOOD INDUSTRY SUPPORTS BUSH PLAN TO EASE BIOTECH REGS
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Food Processors


Association (NFPA) today said the Bush administration's plan to ease regulations on new products derived from biotechnology will encourage development of new and improved foods and ingredients.
 "Products produced using biotechnology should not require extraordinary and burdensome regulatory review but should undergo the same approval process as any other new food products or ingredients," said NFPA President John R. Cady. "But a major stumbling block to new product approvals is that three different federal agencies have authority in the biotech area, and their regulations must be harmonized," Cady said. "The Bush plan will provide for consistency and a science-based approach," he added.
 Cady said NFPA's scientists are interacting with food company researchers who are using the latest techniques in gene-splicing technology to produce foods and ingredients with improved qualities.
 "Biotechnology offers significant advantages in development of new food products that are more healthful, more nutritious, more pest-resistant and have longer shelf life and better flavor and texture," Cady said.
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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: MTC SU:


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