The U.S.-based Grocery Manufacturers Association and Chinese National Food Industry group signed a memorandum of understanding focused on ensuring food safety on Wednesday in Beijing.
The MOU specified that the groups would support "government-industry exchanges and dialogue" on food safety, trade facilitation, and other common interests, and would seek opportunities to collaborate regionally and globally on food safety issues.
Pamela Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, said the MOU and partnerships are more critical to enhancing food safety as the food supply becomes more global and complex.
"We all share the common goal of building safer food systems, and we welcome this close coordination with CNFIA and other partners to achieve that goal," she commented.
CNFIA President Shi Xiushi recognized the MOU as "a new start for the two associations to further strengthen cooperation, promote the development of our food industries, and contribute to food safety."
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Officials from the Chinese Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing were also on hand for the signing.
Chinese Food and Drug Administration Vice Minister Yin Li urged the groups to develop broad cooperation and exchanges, strengthen information sharing, and increase food safety training for the benefit of food trade and consumer safety.
Together, GMA and CNFIA represent more than a thousand industry members.