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FOOD PROCESSORS SAY FDA DATA REFUTE CONSUMER REPORTS TUNA FILTH FINDINGS

 FOOD PROCESSORS SAY FDA DATA REFUTE CONSUMER REPORTS TUNA
 FILTH FINDINGS
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Ongoing inspection of canned tuna by the Food and Drug Administration shows no significant problems with filth in canned tuna, contrary to a report in the current edition of "Consumer Reports Magazine," the National Food Processors Association said today.
 NFPA President John R. Cady said the magazine "has clearly stretched dubious test results, which it refuses to share with us or with the FDA, to cast canned tuna in the worst possible light."
 Citing FDA test results from fiscal years 1987 through 1991, Cady said, "There is no question that canned tuna is clean, safe, and good for you, and no reason at all for consumers not to eat it and enjoy it."
 Cady said FDA tested 504 lots of domestic and imported canned tuna from fiscal years 1987 through 1991 and that only seven were violative due to any evidence of fish scales or other debris. In 1991 testing, only one of the 96 samples tested by FDA showed an adverse finding, Cady said.
 In 1989 and 1990, all 120 samples were negative. The highest number of samples showing filth was in 1988, and then there were only five out of 165 lots tested.
 Cady noted that canned tuna is heat processed and packed in hermetically sealed cans, thus destroying any bacteria.
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry. The association's three research laboratories serve its 500 member companies, which manufacture the nation's packaged-processed fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, juices and drinks, and specialty products.
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