September 3, 2010
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) jointly announced a third Public Meeting to be held in Portland, OR on October 20, 2010. Two previous Public Meetings were held on March 30, 2010, in Washington, DC, and July 21, 2010, in Chicago, IL where FDA, FSIS and CDC discussed their collaborations on the methodological and data challenges involved in the feasibility and effective food safety metrics. Transcripts of the meetings are available:
The purpose of these meetings is for the Agencies to gather information from stakeholders, including the regulated food industry, State regulators, and consumer groups, on the metrics the participants are using to assess performance in food safety. The Agencies are also interested in additional input from participants on their understanding and perceptions of metrics currently being used by the Federal Agencies.
At the Public Meeting, the Agencies will hear presentations from any interested stakeholder, possibly including members of consumer groups, industry, state and local regulators, and state and local public health agencies on the measurements they are using or recommend to assess performance in food safety. The Agencies will present information on the President’s Food Safety Working Group’s charge to create meaningful metrics to measure the effectiveness of the nation’s food safety system.
Due to limited space, we encourage all persons who wish to attend the Public Meeting, including those requesting an opportunity to make an oral presentation, to register in advance. The location and important deadlines are listed below:
- October 20, 2010, Public Meeting to be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at The Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown, 1441 NE Second Avenue, Portland, OR 97232;
- September 24, 2010 is the closing date for request to make oral presentation;
- October 8, 2010 is the closing date for advance Registration and requests for special accommodations due to disability.
Electronic registration is encouraged. Questions regarding registration should be directed to Jodee Warner, EDJ Associates, Inc., 11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1001, Rockville, MD 20852, (240) 221-4296, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general information and request to make oral presentation, contact: Juanita Yates, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, (301) 436-1731, e-mail: email@example.com.