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NEWS RELEASE

USDA Announces Stakeholder's Listening Session on Food Safety Research Priorities

Release No. 0212.03
Maria Bynum (202) 720-4623
Marti Asner (202) 720-8188


WASHINGTON, June 18, 2003—The Agriculture Department will conduct a stakeholder’s listening session on food safety research priorities in Denver, Colo., Monday, June 30, 2003. The listening session is part of an on-going process to solicit input and recommendations from persons who conduct or use agricultural research, education and extension. The listening session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Denver Stapleton Plaza, Denver, Colo.

“This listening session will allow CSREES and ARS partners and stakeholders an opportunity to identify up to five food safety research priorities each that they see requiring increased attention over the next five years,” said Rodney Brown, USDA’s deputy under secretary for research, education and economics. “The food safety research priorities identified by partners and stakeholders will provide valuable input for all USDA food safety agencies.”

USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are seeking comments on research priorities related to food safety topics in meat and poultry and fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, comments are solicited on such subjects including, but not limited to, pre- and post-harvest pathogen reduction, mycotoxins, residues, poisonous plants, good manufacturing practices, worker education and antibiotic resistance.

National Program Leaders from CSREES and ARS will conduct a series of follow-up meetings to develop national and agency-wide strategies for working with partners and stakeholders to help them achieve their 5-year food safety research goals.

The listening session will be open to the public. All those wishing to attend and to make oral presentations at this meeting are required to pre-register. Participants may pre-register by contacting Pat Kendall at (970) 491-7334, by fax at (970) 491-7252 or by e-mail to foodnutr@coop.ext.colostate.edu or by registering on line at http://www.cahs.colostate.edu/fshn/foodsafety/.

Persons making oral presentations at the meeting must submit written presentations fully describing their top food safety priorities. Those who cannot attend the meeting may also submit written presentations. Written presentations will be accepted through July 14, 2003.

Written presentations may be submitted for the record by emailing them to foodnutr@coop.ext.colostate.edu or by mailing them to: CSREES Listening Session; c/o Pat Kendall, Colorado State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition-1571, Fort Collins, Colo. 80523-1571. Please provide three copies of the written presentations. Presentations also may be faxed to Pat Kendall at (970) 491-7252.

For additional information, contact Pat Kendall at (970) 491-7252 or foodnutr@coop.ext.colostate.edu.