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Obama Administration Releases Food Safety Tips, New Report on Efforts to Protect Consumers; Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Announced

Constituent Update

December 21, 2011

Obama Administration Releases Food Safety Tips, New Report on Efforts to Protect Consumers

In preparation for the holiday season, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack today issued a progress report highlighting the accomplishments and strategies of President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group (FSWG) combined with useful information for consumers on safe food handling. The interagency group, chaired by Sebelius and Vilsack, was established in 2009 to advise the President on how to strengthen the U.S. food safety system for the 21st century through a coordinated federal agency approach.

A more detailed description of the Working Groups efforts and recommendations is available in a news release issued by HHS.

For additional information:

New Alliance to Develop Preventive Controls Training

To help the food industry comply with upcoming preventive controls requirements under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in cooperation with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IIT IFSH) has created the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) to develop training courses and materials on preventing contamination for both human and animal food during production. The materials to be developed by the alliance will help industry—particularly small- and medium-size companies-- comply with the new preventive control rules.

View more information on the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance.


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