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SFA OPPOSES RIGHT-TO-KNOW INITIATIVE

 SFA OPPOSES RIGHT-TO-KNOW INITIATIVE
 ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Snack Food Association


(SFA) President Jim Shufelt has expressed dismay at the failure of the Ohio Supreme Court to deny a petition to place a controversial "right-to-know" labeling initiative on the November election ballot in that state.
 The goal of the initiative is to require a warning statement on products that alert consumers to possible exposure to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects and reproductive disorders.
 "Numerous federal regulations already ensure that the nation's food supply is safe," Shufelt explained, "and this Ohio initiative only adds unnecessary and burdensome requirements that are out of step with the rest of the country.
 "The scientific community, including the U.S. Surgeon General, National Cancer Institute, Mayo Clinic and National Academy of Science, has determined that minute amounts of chemical residues in food do not pose a significant risk to consumers," Shufelt continued. "These groups and others have worked to ensure that federal regulations on food safety protect consumers. We don't need individual states passing separate laws that only serve to confuse consumers and add unneeded costs to labeling and food distribution."
 If passed, the initiative would be costly to consumers, who bear the costs associated with relabeling and would disrupt food distribution in the state. Shufelt adds that similar warning requirements have already been considered and rejected as unnecessary in Illinois, Tennessee, Hawaii and other states.
 Although the initiative has qualified for the November ballot, Shufelt is optimistic that it will fail at the polls. "The citizens of Ohio will see this as an ill-advised proposal, and I'm confident they will vote it down," Shufelt said.
 The Snack Food Association is an international trade association of approximately 850 company members that represents snack manufacturers and suppliers to the snack industry. Snacks produced and sold by SFA members include potato chips, corn chips, tortilla chips, pretzels, popcorn, pork rinds, nuts, extruded snacks, dried meat snacks, multigrain chips, bite-size crackers, cracker sandwiches, filled products, party mix, trail mix, bagel chips, fruit snacks, dips and dip mixes.
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 /CONTACT: Jim McCarthy, vice president of government relations, Snack Food Association, 703-836-4500/ CO: Snack Food Association ST: Ohio IN: FOD SU:


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