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The Grocery Manufacturers of America has endorsed the U.S. Department of Agriculture's national organic program as a way to provide consumers with accurate labeling information about organic foods and ingredients.

"For consumers who choose organic products, we believe the USDA organic standards bring a much needed uniformity to organic food labels," said GMA Director of Scientific and Nutrition Policy Alison Kretser. "The labeling and marketing standards laid out by the USDA will ensure that consumers will be able to easily identify organic foods and ingredients while choosing their groceries whether they live in California, Kansas or Georgia.

"GMA also believes the USDA's strict national standards for growing,
harvesting, shipping and storing organic foods that will maintain consumer
confidence in the quality of organic products," Kretser said.

GMA's member companies will comply with these standards for existing
organic products and as they develop new product lines to meet consumer
demand for organic foods.
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