"There is nothing more important to our nation's 935,000 restaurant-and-foodservice outlets and their 12.8 million employees than the health and safety of our guests. Food safety is the number one priority and non-negotiable," Anderson said.
Anderson said the NRA takes food safety very seriously, and works with its members, allied industries and government agencies to ensure the safety of food, from farm to table.
"Every link in the food supply chain must take part in this responsibility. We applaud the United Fresh Produce Association for taking an important step in the right direction in coming up with basic, guiding principles to improve fresh produce safety. The goal to incorporate these principles into the regulatory framework is a good base," he said.
(Later in the day, the NRA announced that Anderson had resigned as president and ceo of the Association to accept the position of president and ceo of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The NRA has begun the process of searching for a new president.)