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FOOD PRODUCERS SUPPORT SCIENCE-BASED IMPROVEMENTS IN FOOD SAFETY

 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Food Information Council issued the following:
 The nation's food producers are committed to producing the safest possible food supply for all consumers, including our nation's children, and look forward to studying the conclusions and recommendations of the National Research Council's report on pesticides and children's foods.
 We will continue to work with regulatory agencies and others to further ensure the safety of the nation's food supply.
 It is important to bear in mind, however, that the NRC study was not intended to measure actual exposure to pesticides nor the safety of the food supply, but rather to evaluate scientific and regulatory options for estimating risk.
 Any needed changes in risk assessment and the data used to develop risk measurements, would provide even more confidence in fruits, vegetables and grains -- the foundations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines -- that health professionals and parents recommend so strongly for children.
 All major health authorities, including the National Cancer Institute, American Dietetic Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Cancer Society and others, continue to emphasize that the benefits to children from eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and grains far outweigh any hypothetical risk from trace levels of pesticide residues.
 We urge the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to examine closely the NRC report's recommendations for potential improvements in the risk assessment process.
 Should different testing, a change in risk assessment methods, or development of alternate research models be appropriate, we want to make sure those changes are made. We are committed to working with all parts of the government to assure that the nutritional health and safety of children are even more fully protected.
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 /NOTE: The following organizations (listed below as the contact) believe strongly in maintaining and constantly improving the safety of America's food supply. We prepared this joint statement for your convenience in reporting on food producers' reaction to the NRC report. Any of the organizations below can provide you with specific information in their area of expertise.
 However, we first urge you to include perspective from government agencies and the nation's leading health and nutritional organizations in your coverage of this report. It is unlikely the NRC report will conclude that children today are in any immediate danger from pesticide residues, based on the current food safety protection system in place./
 /CONTACT: Organizations Adopting Joint Statement:
 Agricultural Council of America 202-682-9200
 American Bakers Association 202-789-0300
 American Corn Millers Federation 202-554-1614
 American Farm Bureau Federation 202-484-3600
 American Frozen Food Institute 703-821-0770
 Apple Processors Association 202-785-6715
 Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturers Association 202-898-1636
 Grocery Manufacturers of America 202-337-9400
 International Apple Institute 703-442-8850
 International Banana Association 202-223-1183
 International Food Information Council 202-296-6540
 Millers National Federation 202-484-2200
 National Association of State Departments 202-296-9680
 of Agriculture
 National Council of Farmer Cooperatives 202-626-8700
 National Food Processors Association 202-639-5935
 National Grange 202-628-3507
 National Peanut Council 703-838-9500
 National Pork Producers Council 202-554-3600
 Processed Apples Institute 202-785-3232
 Produce Marketing Association 302-738-7100
 Snack Food Association 703-836-4500
 United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association 703-836-3410/


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