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FSIS, FDA and CDC to Convene Public Meeting on Food Source Attribution

Constituent Update

December 23, 2011

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced a Public Meeting on Food Source Attribution. The meeting will be held on January 31, 2012, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, at the South Building Cafeteria, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 14th & Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250. 

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Federal efforts to advance tri-agency understanding of food source attribution and develop harmonized food source attribution fractions useful to informing targeted food safety strategies. The meeting will also introduce the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC), which was formed to collaborate on analytic projects. The meeting will also serve as a platform to introduce IFSAC’s draft Strategic Plan. FSIS, FDA, and CDC are interested in input from stakeholders regarding existing data and methods for food source attribution in the United States and the opportunities and challenges in implementing the IFSAC Strategic Plan. General information, including links to on-line Registration and the Federal Register Notice, is available at FSIS Meetings & Events.  

Public Meeting attendees are encouraged to register on-line or contact: Courtney Treece, Planning Professionals, Ltd., 1210 W. McDermott, Suite 111, Allen, TX 75013, telephone: 704-258-4983, fax: 469-854-6992, e-mail:

For questions about the meeting or to request an opportunity to make public comments, contact: Juanita Yates, FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, telephone: 240-402-1731, e-mail:

For logistical information about the meeting, contact: Joan Lindenberger, Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, USDA, FSIS, telephone: 202-720-6755, e-mail:

For technical information about the meeting, contact:  Dr. David Goldman, Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Health Science, USDA, FSIS, telephone: 202-690-6462, e-mail:

Please note the following important dates:

January 9, 2012:

  • Closing date for Request to Make Oral Comments

January 25, 2012:

  • Closing date for Advance Registration
  • Closing date for requesting special accommodations due to a disability

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