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 ADPI Comments on Pending Food Safety Legislation  

In a response to a an inquiry from the Cheese Market News, the American Dairy Products Institute Issued the following comments regarding the proposed Food Safety Modernization Ac of 2009, which was approved yesterday by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions :

"ADPI supports efforts to improve the overall safety of the U.S. food supply, but it should be noted that the dairy industry has one of the best safety records in the food industry. Pasteurized dairy products account for less than 1% of all reported food contamination outbreaks," remarked Dale Kleber, Chief Executive Officer of the American Dairy Products Institute.

"Frankly, for pasteurized dairy products, the food safety 'wheel' has already been invented -- it's called 'The Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance' (PMO) and it works extremely well," continued Kleber.

"The current PMO is 350 pages of rigorous sanitation rules, food safety procedures and uniform milk quality standards that apply to every level of the milk supply chain -- from the dairy farm, to the processing plant, to the grocery store. The PMO is updated or 'modernized' every two years following a comprehensive review by FDA and USDA officials, state dairy inspectors and dairy industry representatives," Kleber continued.

"The proposed food safety modernization legislation should not add duplicative inspection requirements or another layer of inspection fees to Grade A milk processing facilities, all of which are already tightly regulated by state authorities under the national PMO."

"ADPI agrees that greater safety regulation is needed for raw or unpasteurized milk products, which are not subject to the PMO. It is widely recognized in the dairy industry that unpasteurized dairy products are responsible for a disproportionate share of contamination incidences," Kleber concluded.

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