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GMA Issues Food Safety Handbook

The Grocery Manufacturers Association yesterday released its "Food Supply Chain Handbook," a comprehensive guide that aims to help food and beverage makers choose safe and reliable ingredient, packaging, and service suppliers throughout the supply chain.

"The food supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link," explained Dr. Robert Brackett, GMA s.v.p. and chief science and regulatory affairs officer. "Knowing that your suppliers have strong food safety checks in place is critical, but if that firm cannot attest to their suppliers' safeguards, confidence in the entire chain is weakened. The 'Food Supply Chain Handbook' will help companies better manage their suppliers down through the supply chain and assure the delivery of safe food at a high value to consumers."

The handbook outlines a typical procurement process, focusing on the key aspects of selecting a preferred supplier, which include supplier audits, employee training, and ingredient tracing. GMA developed the publication with what it calls "significant input from manufacturers, regulatory experts, and scholars."

The handbook is available at no charge at in both English and Spanish. French and Mandarin Chinese translations are scheduled to roll out in the near future.

The GMA board of directors comprises c.e.o.'s from the association's member companies.
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