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FDA NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS

For Immediate Release: Oct. 5, 2009

Contact: Jason Brodsky, 301-827-6251 or consumerinfo@fda.hhs.gov

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates: FDA's Cooperative Programs Improve Food Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released a listing of consumer health information updates about cooperative programs and food safety. All updates can be accessed from the agency’s Web page for consumers at http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/default.htm You can sign-up for e-mail notices of new consumer updates on an immediate, weekly, or monthly basis at https://service.govdelivery.com/service/subscribe.html?code=USFDA_9.
An RSS feed is also available at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/ContactFDA/StayInformed/RSSFeeds/Consumers/rss.xml

--Cooperative Programs Help Keep Food Safe
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm179706.htm
The FDA and more than 2,700 state, local, tribal, and territorial organizations work cooperatively to protect the nation's food supply. This article provides an overview of the three cooperative programs authorized by the U.S. Public Health Service Act: retail food, milk, and shellfish.

--Cooperative Program Ensures Safe Shellfish
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm180996.htm
Whether you buy clams casino at your local supermarket or feast on raw oysters at a seafood restaurant, these shellfish are strictly regulated through a federal–state–industry cooperative program.

--View the Shellfish Slideshow 
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm180442.htm
See how shellfish are cleansed, rinsed, and prepared for shipping. FDA shellfish specialists and state inspectors in New Jersey and New York work together to protect the public from contaminated shellfish. This Web page includes downloadable high resolution images.

Updates may be published elsewhere without permission. Please credit “FDA Consumer Health Information" (http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/default.htm) as the source. FDA values feedback on its consumer Web page. Send questions, comments, or story ideas to: consumerinfo@fda.hhs.gov.

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