ARLINGTON, VA — December 9, 2010 — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) issued the following statement from President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie G. Sarasin praising the U.S. House of Representatives for including the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 in the continuing resolution which was passed last night:

“We applaud the House of Representatives for approving important legislation to modernize America’s food safety system. Preventing problems in the food supply is the best way to ensure safe food and avoid foodborne illness. Providing additional funding to the Food and Drug Administration for inspections, requiring food producers to have detailed food safety plans and enhancing traceability will all go a long way toward improving the safety of our food supply. We urge the Senate to again pass this legislation as soon as possible.”