ANNUAL HIGHLIGHTS:  2015-2016

 

  • Advocated for:
    • Improved meat, poultry, fish, dairy and produce production and inspection policies.
    • Improved food and foodborne illness data sharing capabilities.
    • Increased funding to CDC’s PulseNET database and CDC’s other food safety programs.
    • Continued support of Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL).
    • Policies to reduce the use of antibiotics in humans and animals.
    • A revision of USDA’s Safe Handling Instructions label on meat and poultry packages.
    • Continued funding for FSMA implementation.
  • Applauded USDA’s finalization of the mechanically tenderized beef label and added solutions label.
  • Participated in multiple national food safety forums:
    • Alliance for a Stronger FDA
    • 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
    • Safe Food Coalition (SFC)
    • US Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR)
  • Presentations: IAFP Annual Conferences (2), Association of Food and Drug Officials Conference, Consumer Food Safety Education Conference and presentations to other organizations.
  • Public comments to/about multiple topics:
    • FDA: Regulations to monitor animal feed and drug sales; Untreated soil applications on produce fields.
    • Comments to the President Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, detailing the investments that the U.S. needs to make to reduce antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance.
    • USDA: Pathogen control and standards; Toxin and chemical standards;  Labeling issues, including a revision of the Safe Food Handling Instructions label for meat, poultry and fish products; USDA’s strategic planning and retrospective review.
  • Public comments to/about multiple topics:
  • 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.
  • Submitted, through the SFC, a citizen’s petition to USDA asking for a revision of the Safe Food Handling Instructions label that is mandated for all meat and poultry products, and to develop a label for catfish products inspected by USDA.

 

All documents are available upon request.

 

 

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