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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, AUG. 5, 2013

CONTACT: Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
919-707-3007

Ninth annual Food Safety Forum scheduled for Aug. 27

New federal food safety rules among topics to be covered

Food Safety Forum logoRALEIGH — Registration is open for the ninth annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum, scheduled for Aug. 27 at the State Fairgrounds.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will host the event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. It is open to farmers, food businesses, regulators, health professionals and others with an interest in food safety. Admission is free and includes lunch.

“The Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping reform of food safety regulation in the United States,” Troxler said. “The forum will focus on the proposals from the perspective of the federal government, retailers and farmers. Anyone interested in food safety is encouraged to attend and learn about these issues affecting food safety at all levels of the supply chain.”

In addition to new federal food safety rules, the forum will also cover supply-chain verification for imported products and the cost of implementing quality control.

Scheduled speakers include FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor; Jenny Scott, senior advisor to the director of food safety at FDA; Michael Roberson, director of corporate quality assurance at Publix Supermarkets; Matt Solana, vice president of Jackson Farming Co.; and Dr. Richard Linton, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University.

To register for the forum, visit www.ncagr.gov/ncfoodsafetyforum by Aug. 21. People with questions should contact Christina Waggett at christina.waggett@ncagr.gov or 919-707-3008.

The forum is organized by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and sponsored by Publix, N.C. Egg Association, N.C. SweetPotato Commission, Tobacco Trust Fund Commission and Walmart.

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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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