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    Food Import Controversy on Agenda at Upcoming Industry Meeting

    NEPTUNE, N.J. -- The Association of Food Industries (AFI), a trade organization the interests of the food import industry and select domestic products, said it will sponsor a meeting next month in Washington D.C. that will probe the implications of recently introduced legislation targeting food imports, upcoming regulatory changes, information on U.S. food standards, and what importers can do to protect their interests.

    NEPTUNE, N.J. -- The Association of Food Industries (AFI), a trade organization the interests of the food import industry and select domestic products, said it will sponsor a meeting next month in Washington D.C. that will probe the implications of recently introduced legislation targeting food imports, upcoming regulatory changes, information on U.S. food standards, and what importers can do to protect their interests.

    The Food Import Industry Town Meeting will take place Sept. 25 to Sept. 26, at the Doubletree Hotel in Washington, said AFI.

    Invited and confirmed speakers include members of Congress, and high-ranking officials at such government agencies as the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the trade group said.

    "In two days, importers and anyone from a company relying on imported food products will hear about every major issue facing the industry today," noted AFI president Bob Bauer in a statement. "User fees, mandatory FDA certification of foreign facilities, and realignment of FDA are just some of what's being talked about in Congress today. Importers and those who buy imported product shouldn't wait to hear how things turn out. They should come to this meeting and hear from those in the trenches exactly what's being proposed, what's being done to protect the interests of U.S. businesses importing or relying on imported food, and what they can do to stay informed and help protect the businesses they've worked so hard to establish."

    Registration and hotel information can be found at www.afius.org.

    The Association of Food Industries comprises a Processed Food Section, a Nut & Agricultural Products Section, the North American Olive Oil Association, the National Honey Packers and Dealers Association, and domestic and foreign associate member sections.

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