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Leaders from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) applauded the signing of a memorandum of understanding inked this week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum meetings in Big Sky, Mont., between the Food Safety Cooperation Forum Co-Chairs and the World Bank to collaboratively scale up the deployment of food safety training modules and build out a network of food safety experts to reach more growers, more producers, and more food safety officials.
“Although the U.S. has one of the safest food supplies in the world, there is still more work to be done, especially as food supply chains become more global,” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA’s president and CEO. “Our operating model on food safety has been and continues to be very clear – industry must take the initiative to improve food safety in its own operations and through a genuine partnership with key stakeholders, including governments.”
Established by the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum, the Partnership Training Institute Network, is a shining example of the strong public-private partnerships needed. Its work allows growers, producers and regulators in the 21 APEC economies to better anticipate and manage food safety issues,” continued Bailey. “GMA is a proud partner in the PTIN and we applaud the Food Safety Cooperation Forum Co-Chairs and the World Bank for signing this memorandum of understanding to further strengthen and expand this invaluable work.”
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