Congressional Food Safety Hearings Put Spotlight on Produce Industry


July 31, 2008


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On Wednesday and Thursday, congressional hearings were held to better understand the traceability aspects of the salmonella investigation and focus on flaws in the investigation and lessons learned for the future.  On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture held a hearing that examined legal and technological capacity for full traceability in fresh produce.  On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to better understand lessons learned from the salmonella outbreak and how they have impacted consumers and the industry.  Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of United Fresh was a witness at both the Wednesday and Thursday hearings.  “These hearings provided us with an important opportunity to educate our elected leaders about what went wrong in the investigation, and the lessons learned for the future,” said Stenzel.  “In addition, we were able to answer questions directly regarding perceived problems with trace back during this investigation and provide important information on the industry’s primary responsibility of protecting the public health,” he stated.  For further information contact Robert at 202-303-3409.


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