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: 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
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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