You are Invited to a Public Meeting on the FDA Produce Food Safety Rule

Wednesday, April 7, 2010    8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Marriott Inn and Conference Center
University of Maryland University College
3501 University Blvd E
Hyattsville, Maryland 20783

Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Fruit and vegetable growers, extension educators, food retailers, consultants, produce trade association personnel and other interested stakeholders

The Food and Drug Administration is going to establish a nation-wide produce safety standard for the growing, harvesting and packing of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Help make certain FDA has all the facts it needs. Come and join a discussion that needs to be informed by your expertise and on-the-ground knowledge

The agenda will include:
Speakers: Dr. Karen Lowell & Dr. Jeffrey Langholz, Authors, Safe and Sustainable: Co-Managing for Food Safety and Ecological Health in California’s Central Coast Region
Topic: Wildlife/Environmental Concerns

Speaker: Dr. Trevor Suslow, University of California, Davis
Topic: Water Quality

Speaker: Dr. Robert L. Gravani, Cornell University
Topic: Worker Health & Hygiene

Speaker: Dr. Michael P. Doyle, University of Georgia
Topic: Compost

Co-sponsored by the National GAPs Program at Cornell University in Rochester, NY, the Food Animal Health Research Program at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia, and the the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems (CFS3) at the University of Maryland, the meetings will encourage a robust discussion on the science of and practical considerations for growing, harvesting and packing of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The FDA has announced its intention to publish a proposed rule by October 2010.

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