JEFFERSON CITY -
Officials met Tuesday and Wednesday for the Governor's Summit on Food
The two-day summit
focused on current issues and possible improvements to Missouri's food
industry. More than 170 people from around the state and nation attended
is a representative for the Department of Health and Senior
Services. She says consumers are more concerned than ever about food
"Food is something
that everyone has everyday so food safety is certainly important. I think
consumers are more aware of food safety issues and safety of food in our
state," Glassburner said.
Recent food recalls like
peanut butter products, spinach and cookie dough caused world-wide
concerns. The recalls also encouraged Missouri officials to take a closer
look at Missouri's current food safety laws.
Glassburner said Missouri
hasn't changed it's basic food regulations since the 1950s.
The summit brought together
health officials, consumer advocates, farmers, ranchers and food industry
"The goal is to
bring together stakeholders of food safety: federal government, state
government, local government, consumer advocates and scholars to look
at food safety issues in the state and across the nation," Glassburner
Mary Fandrey is a
representative for the Department of Health and Senior Services, she said
Gov. Nixon has taken a strong interest in protecting Missouri's consumers
and food industry.
Fandrey says the
Department of Health and Senior Services will release a report including
issues and possible improvements discussed at the summit.
: Erica Coghill
Reported by: Christine Fillmore
Written by: Christine Fillmore