ANNUAL HIGHLIGHTS:  2015

 

  • Advocated
  • to declare four strains of Salmonella as adulterants in meat and poultry products
  • to improve food and foodborne illness data sharing capabilities
  • to increase funding to CDC’s PulseNET database
  • to not repeal Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL)
  • to reduce the use of antibiotics in humans and animals
  • to secure funding for FSMA
  • Applauded USDA’s finalization of the mechanically tenderized beef label and added solutions label; Implementation date, 2016
  • Participated in national food safety forums:
  • Alliance for a Stronger FDA
  • Antibiotics Working Group – sponsored by American Academy of Pediatrics, Keep Antibiotics Working and The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Collaborative Food Safety Forum
  • Conference for Food Protection Science & Technology Committee
  • FDA Science Board
  • Make Our Food Safe coalition (MOFS)
  • National Advisory Committee for Meat and Poultry Inspection
  • National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, Board of Directors
  • Partnership for Food Safety Education, Board of Directors
  • Penn State University AG Council, Advisory Committee
  • Safe Food Coalition (SFC)
  • Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR)
  • US Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) – sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Presentations: IAFP Annual Conference, Association of Food and Drug Officials Annual Conference and other organizations
  • Public comments to/about:
  • USDA:  Proposed Performance Standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in Not-Ready-to-Eat (NRTE) Comminuted Chicken and Turkey Products and Raw Chicken Parts and Related Agency Verification Procedures and Other Changes to Agency Sampling
  • FDA: Joint Comment: Proposed Rule on Antimicrobial Animal Drug Sales and Distribution Reporting
  • USDA:  Joint Comment:  Proposed changes to the “safe handling instructions” label, required on all meat and poultry products
  • Publications: Tracking Microbes: Defining The Horizon For Molecular Surveillance Of Foodborne Disease.  CFI White Paper authored by Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk; funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

 

 

 

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