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June 28, 2010 Integrated Food Safety System Webinar

Establishing a Fully Integrated National Food Safety System
with Strengthened Inspection, Laboratory, and Response Capacity

from Monday, June 28, 2010

 
Description:  
Please join your food and feed safety colleagues to learn more about on-going efforts for national food safety reform and progress toward establishing an integrated national food safety system. The webinar will focus on:
  • The Nation’s desire to reform food safety;
  • A shared vision for an integrated food safety system;
  • Specific steps Federal, state, local, tribal and territorial regulatory and public health partners can take to assist in the implementation of this national strategy.
 
This webinar is co-sponsored by the following organizations:
 
•Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) •Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) •Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) •Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) •Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) •National Association of Country and City Health Officials (NACCHO) •National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) •National Association of State Animal Health Officials (NASAHO) •National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) •National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) •United States Animal Health Association (USAHA)
 
Who Should Participate?
This webinar has been designed for our regulatory and public health partners at the state and local level who carry out food and feed safety activities
 
Presentation:
  
Background:
To view the complete Integrated Food Safety System with Strengthened Inspection, Laboratory, and Response Capacity vision paper, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ForFederalStateandLocalOfficials/UCM183650.pdf
 
The domestic food supply chain is currently overseen by a mix of multiple Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local regulatory and public health agencies that often work independently from one another, work under different legislative authorities, and are driven by different objectives and perspectives on priorities. To reform the nation’s food safety system, an integrated national food safety system must build upon all of this work currently being done by FDA and their regulatory and public health partners at the Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial  levels. It will require active communication, coordination, and support.
 
In August 2008, FDA hosted a national meeting, Gateway to Food Protection, which reenergized efforts to work together toward an integrated approach in response to addressing the challenges of the growing global food supply. Outcomes of the meeting included the creation of an FDA Federal-State “Partnership for Food Protection Coordinating Committee” made-up of Federal partners (FDA, CDC, USDA, and DHS) and a wide range of representatives from state, territorial, tribal and local regulatory and public health partners. Work Groups for the Partnership for Food Protection were also formed under the purview of the Coordinating Committee to focus on improving interactive information technology (IT), training, response, risk-based work planning, and facilitating the development of a Pet Event Tracking Network (PETNet). The work groups were given specific objectives to achieve by the Fall of 2010. .
 
These efforts and the necessity to integrate food safety have been recognized and enthusiastically supported by the Obama Administration, which, through an initial investment in the FY 2010 budget of $14.6 million, allowed FDA to begin to build FDA infrastructure to support development of an integrated national food safety system. Specifically, the recent White House Food Safety Working Group Key Findings Report submitted to President Obama on July 7, 2009, identified an integrated food safety system as a priority recommendation where the Federal government will “… prioritize crucial inspection and enforcement activity across the world, support safety efforts by States, localities and businesses at home; and utilize data to guide these efforts and evaluate their outcomes.”
 
The Partnership for Food Protection Coordinating Committee and FDA are looking forward to sharing their approach to an integrated food safety system as we continue its development with input from all partners involved in protecting the nation’s food supply.