Navigation Links
Consumer demand flavors food import safety issues
Date:10/19/2007

An ever-changing U.S. consumer who enjoys the convenience of ready-to-eat produce and seasonable fruits during the dead of winter has brought new challenges to food import safety, experts said Oct. 18.

With U.S. food imports set to top more than $2 trillion this year and expected to triple by 2015, a panel on food safety commissioned by President Bush met at Texas A&M University to discuss ways to strengthen the national and global import infrastructure.

Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said the nations consumer is one who expects to eat strawberries in February.

That has led to more change and complexity among how food is processed and delivered into the U.S.

This nation and the people we serve, and their health thats so critically important, is threatened - not that we havent been doing a good job, he said.

In fact, weve been doing an incredibly good job. But the world is rapidly changing around us. Although we have been the gold standard (in food safety), we must respond and be prepared for new challenges that are emerging from radical changes.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples told the group consumers tastes and preferences are changing.

They are demanding specialty products from around the world, seasonal products such as fruits and vegetables, Staples said.

The working group, comprised of senior officials from 12 federal departments and agencies, is charged to report an action plan by mid-November. Additional information on the panels activities can be found at http://www.importsafety.gov .

The panel recommendations for the day were summarized by Dr. Kerri Harris, director or the Center for Food Safety and one of the organizers of the event.

They were:

  • No single entity has sole responsibility for making sure imported food is safe. Cooperation between all entities -- including governmental agencies, industry and universities -- is essential to regain public trust.
  • All decisions have to be based on the best available science.
  • Current technology for traceback and communication has to be applied and new technology developed.
  • A push for a major education and training component has to be applied in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Data sharing even though there may be legal hurdles to overcome between industry and government would be very beneficial.

The meeting at Texas A&M included import safety experts from eight universities and five corporations. Issues such as global process control, verification activities, and supply chain management were discussed throughout the day.

Texas A&M is a leader in food safety research, and were very honored to be host of this important conference, said Dr. Elsa Murano, vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M.


'/>"/>

Contact: Blair Fannin
b-fannin@tamu.edu
979-845-2259
Texas A&M University - Agricultural Communications
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Paracetamol May Cause Live Damage Warns Consumer Education and Research Centre
2. Iodex goes to SmithKline Beecham consumer Healthcare
3. Consumer group seeks Sibutramine ban
4. Identifying What Consumers Look For On Food Stuff Labels
5. Consumers Becoming More Health Conscious Than Calorie Conscious
6. With More Appearance Conscious Consumers The Need For Slimming Products Is Rapidly Rising
7. Consumers of soft drinks to be more alert
8. Consumers Worried About Trans-Fats The Most
9. New Plastic Surgery Unit Set Up In Kolkata To Meet Ever-Increasing Consumer Demand
10. Health care system “Consumer friendly” by 207
11. Chocolate makers to be health wise and urge consumers to be too!
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/24/2017)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... January 24, 2017 , ... ... year introduces more changes during the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) and the Open ... scrambling looking for health insurance coverage. Mainly, people are witnessing higher deductibles, rising ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... , ... The Cruise Web Inc. was recognized today as Northeast ... Annual MSC True Partnerships’ Awards. , The 2016 MSC True Partnerships Awards are ... on overall business growth in revenue and guests and continuous partnership support and innovative ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 24, 2017 , ... ... solutions, announced that it has officially formed a distribution partnership with Byers ... the industrial odor management industry. , Through the agreement, OMI Industries formulated a ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... January 24, 2017 , ... Providing ... a new report from the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise ... leaders, academics and policy makers identified concrete solutions at the “What’s Next, America?” ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... January 24, 2017 , ... Date ... , Sharon Kleyne, the nation’s foremost water advocate and host of the ... Your Health on Voice America, once again welcomed one of her favorite guests ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/24/2017)... -- In a major study released this weekend from ... 1 ( http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7899551-nephrocheck-test-acute-kidney-injury-outcomes/ ), Astute Medical,s ... patients at high risk of Acute Kidney Injury ... control trial led by Alexander Zarbock , ... standard of care or a treatment per Kidney ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... , Jan. 24, 2017 Market Research Future has a half ... Wound Closure Device is growing rapidly and expected to continue its growth ... ... CAGR of 5% from 2013 to 2019 and reaching a value of ... forecasted period, 2016-2022 Global Wound Closure Device Market has been ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... Jan. 24, 2017  The Orthopaedic Implant Company ... high-value orthopaedic implants, announced the launch of its ... The OIC Tibial Nail System is designed ... proximal and distal screw holes accommodate varying fracture ... dynamization.  The nail is available in diameters of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: