Commenting on a report by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on food industry practices related to allergens in food products, (see FoodNavigator.com news 4.4.01), Dr. Rhona Applebaum, Executive Vice President of the National Food Processors Association ( NFPA), made the following statement: "The food industry takes the issue of food allergens very seriously. We have taken the lead in developing manufacturing practices to help avoid the inclusion of any unlabelled allergens in food products. This report will be useful in helping industry to further enhance its efforts to ensure that all potential food allergens are clearly labelled on food packages, and that no inadvertent allergens are contained in food products." "NFPA is working with FDA, as well as with consumer groups such as the Food Allergy Network, to ensure that industry practices to avoid the inclusion of inadvertent allergens in food products are truly effective. Our industry also works closely with government and consumer groups on education efforts to provide consumers with the information they need on the important issue of food allergies," the Association concluded.