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NFPA URGES PROMPT FDA ACTION TO ISSUE FINAL NUTRITION LABELING REGS

NFPA URGES PROMPT FDA ACTION TO ISSUE FINAL NUTRITION LABELING REGS
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should act promptly and issue final nutrition labeling regulations in accordance with the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA), according to the National Food Processors Association (NFPA).
 "The food industry, consumer advocates, and health and nutrition experts have worked with FDA for over two years in an effort to create nutrition labels that will provide clear, concise, and usable nutrition information to consumers," said NFPA President John R. Cady. "It would be horrible public policy for FDA not to issue final regulations after the lengthy and costly endeavor all parties have undertaken to produce final rules."
 Due to the NLEA's deadline for final rules, it is essential that FDA act promptly, Cady pointed out. "We urge all government parties involved in the process to move forward in order to get out these regulations," he said.
 NFPA has actively participated in the process of developing nutrition labeling regulations, providing written and oral testimony and other information to both FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "We know FDA's final rules will not be perfect and will cause us concern in some areas. However, we hope the points at issue between the agencies can be resolved so the final rules, which will be a vast improvement over FDA's earlier proposals, can be published by Nov. 9 for the good of both consumers and the food industry," Cady noted.
 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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 /NOTE: In your coverage of developments related to food labeling regulations, you may need to reach food industry spokespersons this weekend. Following are home number for the people of the National Food Processors Association who are most knowledgeable about labeling policy:
 -- John Cady, president, 703-455-3315
 -- Dr. Lester Crawford, executive vice president, scientific affairs, 301-654-1449
 -- Juanita Duggan, senior vice president, government affairs, 202-363-7002
 -- Roger Coleman, senior vice president, public communications, 703-237-2562 or 804-529-5641
 -- Timothy Willard, manager of public communications, 703-824-9143/
 /CONTACT: Timothy Willard of the National Food Processors Association, 202-637-8060/ CO: Food and Drug Administration; National Food Processors
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