ANNUAL HIGHLIGHTS:  2013-2014

 

  • Advocated
  • to ban imports of processed Chinese chicken
  • to finalize USDA’s mechanically tenderized beef label
  • to improve food and foodborne illness data sharing capabilities
  • to increase funding for CDC’s PulseNET
  • to reduce the use of antibiotics in humans and animals
  • to secure funding for FSMA
  • CFI members participated in a Food Safety Action Day, Washington D.C.
  • Petitioned USDA to ban the import of processed Chinese chicken products
  • Submitted testimony to Senate and U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committees asking for a ban on the importation of processed Chinese Chicken.
  • 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
  • Board of Scientific Counselors’ FSMA Surveillance Working Group
  • Collaborative Food Safety Forum
  • ConAgra Food Safety Council
  • 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
  • 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:  bioMerieux Work Shop, Center for Produce Safety Listeria Workshop, Consumer Federation of America Conference, IAFP Annual Conference, Institute of Medicine Food Forum Meeting, International Dairy Queen Annual Meeting , National Coalition of Chain Restaurants  Conference, North Carolina One Health Consortium, NC Food Safety and Defense Task Force Annual Meeting, National Food Safety Education Conference, MI Upper Peninsula Environmental Health Association and other state and local organizations.
  • Provided input to CDC about its new Vital Signs communications outreach program
  • Public comments to/about:
  • USDA: Records to be Kept by Official Establishments and Retail Stores That Grind or Chop Raw Beef Products
  • USDA: Joint Comment: HACCP Plan Reassessment for Not-Ready-to-Eat (NRTE) Comminuted Poultry Products and Related Agency Verification Procedures
  • FDA: FSMA: Accreditation of Third Party Auditors/Certifiers Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and issue Certification
  • FDA: FSMA: Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food
  • FDA:  FSMA:  Tester Amendment attached to Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food
  • FDA: FSMA: Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding Produce for Human Consumption
  • FDA: FSMA: Foreign Supplier Verification for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals
  • FDA: FSMA: Supplement to Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals
  • FDA:  FSMA: Supplement to Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption
  • FDA: Ongoing Equivalence Verifications of Foreign Food Regulatory Systems
  • FDA:  Joint Comment: FSMA:  Draft Codified Language for Veterinary Feed Directive
  •  FDA:  Joint Comment: FSMA: Draft Methodological Approach for Designating High-Risk Foods
  • FDA:  Joint Comment: Draft Qualitative Risk Assessment to determine Risk Activity/Food Combinations for Activities (Outside the Farm Definition) Conducted in a Facility Co-Located on a Farm
  •  FDA:  Joint Comment:  FSMA Proposed rule on sanitary transportation of human/ animal feed
  • Publications:
  • Batz M, Henke E and Kowalcyk B. The Long-term Effects of Foodborne Illness. Infectious Disease Clinics of North America, Sept 2013.
  • Kowalcyk B, Smeets H, Succop P, DeWit N, Havelaar A. Relative risk of irritable bowel syndrome following acute gastroenteritis and associated risk factors.  Epidemiol Infect, Aug 2013.
  • Young Children and Foodborne Illness.  Fact Sheet in collaboration with American Academy of Pediatrics and The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Served on Partnership for Food Safety Education’s planning committee for 2014 Food Safety Education Conference, Washington, D.C
  • Submitted two proposals to CDC’s Building Capacity of the Public Health System to Improve Population Health through National, Nonprofit Organizations.  One application focused on building capacity among healthcare practitioners and the second application focused on building a government-food industry data sharing platform.  Both were approved, but did not qualify for funding.

 

 

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