of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told the White House Food Safety Working Group
Listening Session Wednesday that food safety is of the highest concern for
all of us.
Americans enjoy one of the safest food supplies in the world, we have
witnessed too many outbreaks that make us worry that the food on our dinner
plate or in our child's lunch box will harm instead of nourish,"
Vilsack said. "This is not acceptable."
said this first session was a significant and critical process that will
fully review the safety of the nation's food supply. USDA is in the midst
of reviewing all statutory authorities, as well as administrative and
regulatory steps that can be taken, to ensure that actions support public
health and consumer safety to the fullest extent.
listening session Vilsack addressed several specific challenges that
require input. They include prevention, which he said is the key to a
functioning food safety system and surveillance and response. The Secretary
challenged industry, government, and consumers to each bring a piece of the
puzzle to the table, noting that the problem can only be solved if all
pieces are represented.