Engaging in Legislative Issues
Many legislative issues affect the food industry. To participate in this dialogue, Hormel Foods is involved in several different ways, including:
Being a member of trade organizations that conduct lobbying on behalf of the food industry. These organizations include the American Meat Institute, Grocery Manufacturers of America, National Meat Association, National Restaurant Association and National Turkey Federation.
Monitoring legislative and regulatory issues and conducting lobbying activity when the company determines it is vital to its operations. These activities vary depending on the issue and include working with legislators, the House and Senate Agricultural Committees, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. We maintain a good relationship with these parties in order to discuss the various issues and ensure the dissemination of accurate information.
Significant issues that are the focus of our participation in public policy and lobbying through the previous mentioned trade organizations and relationships include:
- Food safety improvements;
- Climate change legislation;
- Healthcare reform;
- Sub-therapeutic use for antibiotics; and
Balanced approach regarding subsidies, tariffs and mandates for biofuels. We have encouraged lawmakers to review subsidy mandate and tariffs for biofuel policy so everyone has fair access to the market availability of biofuels.
In 2010, we spent $354,956 in lobbying. From our Political Action Committee (PAC), we contributed $5,000 to the American Meat Institute PAC, $5,000 to the Grocery Manufacturers Association PAC, and $1,000 to the National Meat Association PAC.
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