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Pennsylvania Governor's Food Safety Council Meets to Discuss Food Supply Protection
Date:4/29/2009

President Obama, provided the council with an overview of federal food safety efforts. Secretary James said the partnership between federal, state and local health officials will help make sure Pennsylvania is at the forefront of protecting public health.

"The first Food Safety Council meeting brought together a diverse group of leaders representing all parts of Pennsylvania's food sector to discuss the issues surrounding food safety. It is critical to the residents of the commonwealth that we work together to develop procedures and protocols to address food threats and prevent foodborne illness," James said.

Creating the 22-member Food Safety Council was the main recommendation of the state's new multi-agency food safety initiative, the Strategy for Agriculture and Food Excellence, or SAFE.

The SAFE initiative aims to address threats to the food supply from farm-to-fork. The initiative was developed by the Department of Agriculture in coordination with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health, with input from food processors, retailers and health officials.

The council, with its diverse expertise and first-hand knowledge of the issues affecting food safety and food defense, will help guide future recommendations of the SAFE initiative.

    CONTACT: Stacy Kriedeman, Health
    717-787-1783

    Chris Ryder, Agriculture
    717-787-5085


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