Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on “The Salmonella Outbreak: The Role of
Industry in Protecting the Nation’s Food Supply”
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The Subcommittee on
Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing titled, “The
Salmonella Outbreak: The Role of Industry in Protecting the Nation’s
Food Supply” at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, March 19, 2009, in 2123
Rayburn House Office Building. This hearing will examine the actions
and obligations of manufacturers and retailers that purchased tainted
peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). Do
not forget to tune into the Podcast.
* Martin Kanan,
President and Chief Executive Officer, King Nut Company
* David Mackay, Chief Executive Officer, Kellogg Company
* Heather Isely, Co-Owner, Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc.
Kellogg Co. chief executive David Mackay provided his prepared remarks
to the AP before the hearing. In it he wants food safety placed
under a new leader in the Health and Human Services Department. He also
called for new requirements that all food companies have written safety
plans, annual federal inspections of facilities that make high-risk
foods, and other reforms.
endorsement of major changes could boost President Barack Obama's
efforts to overhaul the system. Last week Obama launched a special
review of food safety programs, which are split among several
departments and agencies, and rely in some cases on decades-old laws.
Critics say more funding is needed for inspections and basic research.
outbreak illustrated that the U.S. food safety system must be strengthened,"
Mackay said in prepared remarks for a hearing Thursday. "We
believe the key is to focus on prevention, so that potential sources of
contamination are identified and properly addressed before they become
actual food safety problems."