The Senate takes action on Federal Food Safety Oversight.

February 6th, 2009

This author has indicated that the product safety area in procurement best practices becomes more sensitive every day.

This author has indicated that the product safety area in procurement best practices becomes more sensitive every day.

However, safe products are not just about food. With that said what is taking place in the senate today is a positive step toward improving the oversight on all products.

Today in Washington the Senate took up the issue of food Safety Oversight. Following is the agenda and planned attendees.

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry
Full Committee Hearing Notice

Examination of Federal Food Safety Oversight in the Wake of Peanut Products Recall
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2009

Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: 216 Hart Senate Office Building
Panel I

Dr. Stephen Sundlof
Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Rockville, MD

Rear Admiral Ali S. Khan
Assistant Surgeon General and Deputy Director of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne, and Enteric Diseases, Center for Disease Control
Atlanta, GA

Panel II

Ms. Gabrielle Meunier
Mother of affected child
South Burlington, VT

Ms. Caroline Smith DeWaal
Director
Program on Food Safety, Center for Science
in the Public Interest
Washington, DC

Mr. William Hubbard
Former Senior Associate Commissioner for
Policy, Planning and Legislation, Food and Drug Administration
Chapel Hill, NC

A related question this author has posed in a number of my posts is who in the supply chain is culpable for damages as a result of breakdowns in product safety that result in illness, injury or death. A wonderful blog to view that speaks too many of these matters is The Marler Blog. Bill Marler is an accomplished personal injury and products liability attorney. He began litigating food borne illness cases in 1993. I hope you find his site educational.

As always we appreciate and look forward to your comments

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