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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2008

CONTACT:

Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242

Troxler hosting food safety symposium tomorrow

WHO/WHAT: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is hosting the fourth annual AgFIRST! symposium. The theme is “Providing Safe Food for Healthy Families in a Global Economy.” Featured speakers will include Dr. David Acheson, a key figure in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s investigation of the recent national salmonella outbreak.
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kerr Scott Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
SPEAKER SCHEDULE*:

9:05 a.m., Sen. Elizabeth Dole

9:20 a.m., Dr. David Acheson, associate commissioner of FDA, “Food Protection Plan” (Acheson will be available for interviews following his presentation.)

9:55 a.m., Rep. Brad Miller

10:10 a.m., Shaun Kennedy, director, National Center for Food Protection and Defense, “Consumer Confidence in Food Safety”

10:35 a.m., Sen. Richard Burr (Break follows.)

11:10 a.m., Debbie Hamrick, director of specialty crops, N.C. Farm Bureau, “Keeping N.C. Produce Safe”

11:35 a.m., Gary Gay, director of food distribution, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, “Farm to School Program”

11:55 a.m., Rep. Howard Coble

Noon, Commissioner Troxler, “Building a Holistic Food Safety Program” (Lunch follows. Troxler will be available for interviews throughout the day.)

1:25 p.m., Gary Cartwright, pilot plant coordinator, N.C. State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, “Using Innovative Technology in the Sweet Potato Industry”

1:45 p.m., Jim Corby, vice president of produce, Food Lion, “Fresh Produce Traceability Initiative”

2:15 p.m., Rep. Walter Jones

2:25 p.m., Brenda Bacon, director of quality assurance, Harris Teeter, “Recall Initiatives by Retailers”

2:50 p.m., Sharron Stewart, Dr. Jimmy Tickel and Dan Madding, NCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division, “Global Pressures, Local Adaptation: Securing N.C.’s Food”

OTHER INFO: More than 300 people have registered for the event.

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*All times are approximate

NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
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