An estimated 300 attendees including farmers, food manufacturers, retailers, government scientists and regulators gathered on Tuesday at the Expo Center at the N.C. State Fairgrounds to promote information about food safety.
Speakers at the Sixth Annual Food Safety Forum included senior administrators with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services hosted the event.
Among the scheduled speakers and topics were:
• Dr. Jim Gorny, senior advisor, FDA Office of Food Safety, "Produce Safety: Good Agricultural Practices."
• Dr. Dan Engeljohn, acting assistant administrator, Office of Data Integration and Food Protection, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, "Food Safety: Animal Production."
• Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of food borne, waterborne and environmental diseases, CDC, "Food borne Illness Outbreak Investigations."
• Dr. Ben Chapman, assistant professor and food safety extension specialist, N.C. State University, "Effective Food Safety Messages."
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, who has made food safety one of the top priorities of his administration, also gave an update on what has been done in the Tar Heel State to make food production and handling safer.
The meeting is the sixth annual forum addressing food safety in the state. Learn more by linking to the "Media advisory" at www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/news-rel.htm.