Thought some of you might be interested in this. Particularly on the
Beast Coast. :^]
An invitation to attend an OPEN MEETING
Food Safety Risk Assessment: Users and Needs
Friday August 7, 1998, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: The Risk Assessment Consortium and the Joint Institute
for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in support of the President's
Food Safety Initiative.
Plan to attend this useful introduction to the role of risk assessment
in food safety. Help us understand your needs for risk assessment
information through an interesting and enjoyable day of interactive
discussions that will assist us in developing a helpful, user-friendly
risk assessment information clearinghouse. We will provide an
overview of risk assessment and risk analysis, including background
information, terminology, approaches, and current and potential food
use applications. Through an open forum, we will be soliciting input
into your needs and expectations of a clearinghouse. The information
obtained at this meeting will be used to help develop a framework for
the scope of further clearinghouse activities.
8:30 - 8:50 Badge pick-up
8:50 - 9:00 Welcome
9:10 - 9:30 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Catherine Woteki, Undersecretary for
Food Safety, USDA 9:30 - 10:30 Overview of Risk Assessment -Charlie
Yoe 10:45 - noon Panel Presentations and Discussion. Panelists will
address the question "How do you use risk assessment to improve food
Panelists: Morris Levin, Mark Powell, Sue
Mike Bolger 1:00 - 1:30 "What is a clearinghouse?" - Mark
Walderhaug 1:30 - 4:00 Interactive Discussion. Needs of
potential users will be solicited from focus groups and other
interactive techniques 4:00 - close Open Comment, Wrap Up, Evaluation,
and Next Steps
Who should attend? Representatives of all aspects of food production
and delivery systems including researchers, educators, university
affiliates, public health authorities, food producers, processors,
distributors, food service professionals, consumers, trade
associations, public policy organizations, agriculture organizations,
and those interested in risk analysis related to food safety.
Dates, Times and Location: August 7, 1998, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.;
University of Maryland, Stamp Student Union Building "Atrium",
College Park, MD. Cost: no charge, registration is required.
Registration: by e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or fax registration
information (name, title, firm name, address, telephone and fax no.)
to Jacqueline Williams at (202) 205-4422. Further information is
available from Dr. Roberta Morales, VA-MD Regional College of
Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland,
20742-3711, (301) 935-6083 Ext. 158.
Michele Gale-Sinex, communications manager
Center for Integrated Ag Systems
UW-Madison College of Ag and Life Sciences
Voice: (608) 262-8018 FAX: (608) 265-3020
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in this heartland, in this heartland soil. --U2
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