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WASHINGTON - The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) yesterday appointed Monica Gonzalez the new director of scientific and regulatory policy. Gonzalez will manage GMA's public policy objectives for food safety, recalls, traceability, and other issues.
Previously, Gonzalez served as the regulatory manager of two customer divisions at McCormick & Co., Inc. Her responsibilities at McCormick included ensuring
international and domestic compliance with biotech labeling laws, organic certification, food safety regulations, and other food labeling requirements.
Gonzalez also provided scientific and regulatory support for the Minute Maid Co., where she monitored the company's compliance with international food safety regulations and
focused on minimizing the cost of tariffs.
"In today's international marketplace, GMA member companies face an increasing array of regulations with which they must comply," said GMA c.e.o. and president C. Manly
Molpus. "Monica's experience in managing product requirements -- which can vary widely from country to country -- while also maximizing profits will ensure that GMA continues to provide its members with the highest quality of service."
Gonzalez will also serve as the Secretariat of the International Council of Grocery Manufacturing Associations (ICGMA). ICGMA is an international nonprofit organization that represents the interests of the food and beverage industry in international forums such as Codex Alimentarius and the World Health Organization.