Published on Thursday, August 14, 2008
Food safety symposium Aug. 19
By Andrew Barksdale
Source of Article: http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=301785
agricultural leaders are organizing a symposium in
Acheson, a central figure in the federal government’s investigation of a
salmonella outbreak this year that sickened more than 1,300 people across the
More than 300 people in the food industry, farming and retail have registered to attend, said Brian Long, a spokesman for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
comes at the heels of the salmonella outbreak initially blamed on tomatoes
but later pinned on jalapenos and peppers from
“Dr. Acheson certainly brings some fresh relevance to the topic,” Long said.
Although the official deadline to register for the free symposium was Aug. 8, Long said, people can still sign up through Friday. The event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds, includes a free lunch.
Long said the agriculture department started the annual symposiums — called “AgFIRST!” — four years ago as way to educate North Carolina congressmen on trends in veterinary and food-safety issues and what the department was doing to protect the public.
“It seems to go grow every year,” Long said.
director of the
Other speakers include Steve Troxler, commissioner of the state agriculture department.
Other topics include the state’s Farm to School Program; efforts to keep Tar Heel produce safe; and food recall initiatives.
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