- THE MAGAZINE
- FOOD MASTER
Free trade in Central America approvedFood industry representatives in Washington were in a celebratory mood following Congressional approval of the US Free Trade Agreement with the Dominican Republic and Central America (DR-CAFTA). Lobbyists pulled out all the stops to press reluctant lawmakers to approve the agreement, which squeaked through the House with only one vote to spare.
"For our industry, global trade is an essential part of doing business, and as the largest trade association serving the processed food and beverage industry in the United States and worldwide, we will continue to help foster an environment, both domestically and abroad, that facilitates trade for processed food and beverage products," said Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the Food Products Association.
"Passage of DR-CAFTA helps keep the United States in a good position at the table for the larger World Trade Organization Doha Agricultural Round, which we are counting on to yield badly needed reform in agricultural trade," noted Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association.