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The Food Safety Modernization Act: Creating a Level Playing Field that Promotes Ethics in the Industry

When Nov 14, 2011
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library
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When: Nov 14, 2011 from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

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CAROLINE SMITH DEWAAL

Director, Food Safety Program, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Caroline Smith DeWaal is the director of the food safety program for the Center for Science in the Public Interest and co-author of Is Our Food Safe? A Consumer’s Guide to Protecting Your Health and the Environment (Three Rivers Press, 2002).  She represents CSPI before Congress and in the regulatory arena on a broad range of food safety issues. Ms. DeWaal is the leading consumer analyst on laws and regulations governing food safety, and she has testified more than twenty times on pending food safety issues before the United States Congress.  She also maintains and publishes a listing of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States organized by food source. She has presented papers on food safety at over 100 scientific and public policy conferences.  She has participated in a number of World Health Organization consultations on food safety and is currently an expert advisor on its Integrated Surveillance of Antibiotic Resistance project. She has participated in several national advisory committees to USDA and FDA, and was recently selected as a member of the Food Safety Modernization Act Surveillance Working Group of the Office of Infectious Diseases, CDC Board of Scientific Counselors. She represents the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations at Codex Alimentarius.  DeWaal graduated from the University of Vermont and Antioch School of Law.  She has taught university classes and courses on national and global food issues. A native of Vermont, and now a resident of Maryland, DeWaal lives with her husband and two children outside of Washington, D.C.

"The Food Safety Modernization Act: Creating a Level Playing Field that Promotes Ethics in the Industry"

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Antiquated laws have led to a crisis in confidence in the safety of the nation's food supply. Large outbreaks linked to cantaloupes, eggs, and peanut butter have caused consumers and Congress to question the effectiveness of the food safety program run by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in January 2011, gives FDA greater authority to require and oversee industry-run food safety control programs. Will the new law provide enough new protections to restore consumer confidence? Can companies be trusted to improve the safety of the food supply?