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August 15-16, 2011: Risk Communication Advisory Committee Announcement

August 15-16, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Food and Drug Administration 

10903 New Hampshire Ave.  

Building 31 Conference Center

Great Room (rm. 1503)

Silver Spring, MD 20993


On August 15, 2011, the Committee will discuss challenges of communicating about evolving methodology in the attribution of foodborne illness. Estimating the number of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths caused by major pathogens is the first step in the development of disease prevention strategies. Estimating the proportions of these illnesses due to specific food sources (food source attribution) is a necessary second step towards identifying the sources that cause substantial preventable human illness and measuring progress toward public health goals resulting from public health interventions applied to those food sources. Consequently, FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Food Safety Inspection Service have begun a joint initiative, called the Interagency Food  Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC), to improve our collective understanding of source attribution of infections to specific foods and settings. While the IFSAC works to improve methodology, we are also committed to keeping stakeholders informed and engaged, and are seeking advice about how to communicate most effectively.

On August 16, 2011, the Committee will present "Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User's Guide." This volume is the result of work, as discussed in previous meetings, by current and former members of the Risk Communication Advisory Committee. 

FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htmScroll down to the appropriate advisory committee link. 


Visitors to the White Oak Campus must have a valid driver's license or other picture ID, and must enter through Building 1. Please note visitors can park in the South-west garage near Building 31 or the North-west parking lot near Building 22 (click here for a campus map).


 Other Meeting Materials

Public Participation Information 

Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. 

  • Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before August 10, 2011.  
  • Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on August 15, 2011 and 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on August 16, 2011. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentations on or before August 2, 2011. 

Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by August 3, 2011. Interested persons can also log on to https://collaboration.fda.gov/rcac/ to hear and see the proceedings.

Contact Information

  • Lee L. Zwanziger, Designated Federal Official
    10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 32, Room 3278
    Silver Spring, MD 20993
  • Phone 301-796-9151
  • FAX: 301-847-8611
    e-mail:  RCAC@fda.hhs.gov
  • FDA Advisory Committee Information Line
    301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC, area
    code 8732112560
    Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting.

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Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).