Stakeholder meetings on food safety progress ...

Stakeholder meetings on food safety progress scheduled

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced two joint public meetings to hear stakeholder presentations on measuring progress on food safety.

The first public meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Dr., in Chicago Ill. A second public meeting will be held on October 20, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at The Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown, 1441 NE Second Ave., in Portland, Ore. The public meetings announced are extensions of an initial one-day public workshop held March 30, 2010.

At the two public meetings, the agencies will hear presentations from any interested stakeholder, including members of consumer groups, industry, public health experts and state and local regulators on the measurements they recommend or are using to assess performance in food safety.

The agencies will present information on the Food Safety Working Group’s charge to create meaningful metrics to measure the effectiveness of the nation’s food safety system. They also will present current thinking, focusing on how these metrics might be applied to evaluate the success of FDA’s shell egg safety rule, FSIS implementation of broiler chicken controls and CDC’s efforts to collect and analyze human disease data. Additionally, the agencies will present information about the shared list of metrics that was developed by them to support the work of the Food Safety Working Group.

Documents and agenda items related to the two regional public meetings will be accessible prior to the public meetings here.
Source: AMI - American Meat Institute