ANNUAL HIGHLIGHTS:  2011-2012

 

  • Advocated
  • to approve USDA’s mechanically tenderized beef label
  • to improve food and foodborne illness data sharing capabilities
  • to modify USDA’s New Poultry Inspection System proposal
  • to reduce the use of antibiotics in humans and animals
  • to secure funding for FSMA
  • Awards:
  • Seven CFI members: “Food Safety Champions Award”, The Pew Charitable Trusts for efforts to promote the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act  (FSMA)
  • P. Buck:  National Rotary Award for Public Service
  • Implemented FDA Grant, Feasibility Assessment for Studying the Long-Term Effects of Foodborne Illness (FILISA)
  • Hosted international Long-Term Health Outcomes Public Meeting and Workshop, Raleigh, NC, May 2012
  • Presented FILISA’s findings at various conferences and in peer-reviewed publications
  • Conducted literature reviews of four leading foodborne pathogens
  • Reviewed various models used to study the long-term health effects of other major diseases
  • Mentored a food safety intern from Guilford College, Greensburg NC
  • Met with White House Office of Budget and Management to discuss USDA’s proposal to label mechanically tenderized beef products
  • Organized a table-top exercise on Foot & Mouth disease for UMN-APHIS project
  • Participated in national food safety forums:
  • Antibiotics Working Group – sponsored by American Academy of Pediatrics, Keep Antibiotics Working and The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Alliance for a Stronger FDA
  • Board of Scientific Counselors’ FSMA Surveillance Working Group
  • Collaborative Food Safety Forum
  • ConAgra Food Safety Council
  • Make Our Food Safe coalition (MOFS)
  • National Academies, Institute of Medicine: Committee on the Review of the Food and Drug Administration’s Role in Ensuring Safe Food
  • National Advisory Committee for Meat and Poultry Inspection
  • President’s Food Safety Working Group
  • Safe Food Coalition (SFC)
  • Presentations: Global Food Safety Initiative Conference, IAFP Annual Conference, Association of Food and Drug Officials Southern States Conference, UP Michigan Environmental Health Association Conference and other organizations
  • Public comments to/about:
  • FDA:  Joint comment: Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Antimicrobial Animal Drug Sales and Distribution Reporting
  • USDA:  Decision to declare six additional Shiga toxin-producing serotypes of E. coli (STEC) as adulterants: O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145
  • USDA:  Proposed Rule:  Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection
  • USDA: Risk-Based Sampling of Beef Manufacturing Trimmings for Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Plans for a new Beef Baseline
  • USDA:  Sampling of Beef Manufacturing Trim for E. coli O157:H7

 

 

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