FPAA Hosts Food Safety, Food Security Seminar with Focus on Importing Community


Source of Article:  http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=31039

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) is hosting a seminar on “Importing, Food Safety, and Food Security: What to Expect for 2009 and Beyond” to help the importing community have direct interaction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), three government agencies that play significant roles in overseeing the importation of fresh fruits and vegetables.  

The two-day seminar will be held on November 18 and 19, 2008 in Tubac, Arizona, which is located a few miles north of Nogales, Arizona, the largest port of entry for fresh fruits and vegetables imported from MexicoTubac is also conveniently located just 45 minutes south of the Tucson International Airport.    

“We’re excited that we could work with CBP, FDA, and USDA to coordinate this event,” says FPAA president, Jesse Driskill.  “We’re anticipating a diverse audience, from U.S. importers to growers, customhouse brokers, and other companies involved in providing fresh fruits and vegetables to consumers across North America.”  

CBP officials will be addressing Supply Chain Security, Importing Compliance Issues, and Cargo Procedures.  USDA will discuss the role of USDA and CBP in conducting Agriculture Inspections at ports of entry.  

The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Division of Import Operations and Policy will be speaking about: Good Agricultural Practices, the FDA’s Food Protection Plan and Import Safety Action Plan, Tracebacks, and the Future Handling of Imported Products.

Additional speakers continue to be added to the agenda to ensure a broad coverage of the issues affecting imported produce.   

“We have had a very proactive relationship with the government agencies that have oversight of imported produce.  We see this is a way to continue to work more closely with our government agencies to ensure that we are complying fully with current requirements, to discuss what practices we can change to better meet these requirements, and to position ourselves to meet future changes,” says FPAA chairman, Chris Ciruli.    

The seminar will be held at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa located at 1 Avenue de Otero.  The cost of the two-day event is $80 for FPAA members and $160 for non-members, which includes lunch and refreshments for both days.  There is no charge for government employees.  Companies interested in registering for the event or that have more questions are encouraged to contact the FPAA office at (520) 287-2707. 

Publication date: 10/17/2008



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