Who's Minding the Store: The Current State of Food Safety and How it Can be Improved.


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Day 1

Friday, April 11, 2008

Welcome and Introduction

Dean Kellye Testy, Seattle University School of Law

Opening Speakers

Barbara Kowalcyk, Director of Food Safety, Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention

Richard Raymond, MD, Undersecretary for Food Safety, USDA FSIS

Session 1: Defining the Problem

How the concerns about food safety are viewed by physicians, disease experts, state regulators, and consumers.

What is the scope of the problem? Do the different aspects of food safety have opposing/competing perspectives on the issue? What is the good news and bad news for food safety today?

Panelists (in order of presentation)

William Keene, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist, Oregon Public Health Services, Acute & Communicable Disease Program

Carlota Medus, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist, Acute Disease Investigation and control section, MN Dept of Health Minneapolis, MN

Richard Seigler, MD, Pediatric nephrologist, University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT

Tom Billy, President, International Food Safety Consulting

Sandra McCurdy, Ph.D., Extension Food Safety Specialist, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Idaho

Session 2: How the Regulation of Food Safety Works.

The roles and responsibilities as seen by Federal and State regulators, industry and consumers.

How do the different food safety agencies function? Are there gaps? Are consumer practices affecting policy? What are the challenges and benefits of Federal and State agency consolidation? How has the response to Homeland security/bio-terrorism threats impacted food safety practices?

Panelists (in order of presentation)

Caroline Smith DeWaal, Food Safety Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest

David Goldman, MD, MPH, Assistant Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Office of Public Health USDA

Bala Swaminathan PhD, Vice President, Technical and Business Development IHRC, Inc.

Mansour Samadpour, PhD, President & CEO, IEH Laboratories, Seattle,WA

Christine Bruhn, Director, Center for Consumer Research, University of Calivornia, Davis, CA

Luncheon Speaker

Governor Christine Gregoire, Washington State

Session 3: Zones of Responsibility

What are the responsibilities of growers/producers, sellers, government, and consumers in the food safety system?

How does the system actually work in practice? Those on the front lines of regulation, production, industry and consumer safety discuss challenges and successes.

Panelists (in order of presentation)

Senator Dean Florez, California State Senate; Chair, CA Senate Select Committee on Food Borne Illness

Scott Rickman, Associate General Counsel, Del Monte Foods San Francisco, CA

John Munsell, President, Montana Quality Foods & Processing; Manager, Foundation for Accountability in Regulatory Enforcement. Mile City, MT

Craig Wilson, Vice President, Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Costco Wholesale Corporation. WA

Devon Zagory, PhD, Senior Vice President, Food Safety & Quality Programs, NSF Davis Fresh, Watsonville, CA

Andrew K. Benson, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, University of Nebraska. Lincoln, NE

Session 4: Roles of the Civil/Criminal Justice Systems:

Different perspectives on food borne illness litigation.

An overview of law relating to product liability. How do you prove or defend a food borne illness liability case? What about causation? What is the legal standard?

Panelists (in order of presentation)

Sarah Brew, JD, Attorney, Greene Espel PLLP Minneapolis, MN

Brad Sullivan, JD, Attorney, Lombardo & Gilles, Salinas, CA

Al Maxwell, JD, Attorney, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial. Atlanta, GA

Neal Fortin, JD, Director, Institute for Food Laws and Regulations at Michigan State University. Lansing, MI

Denis Stearns, JD, Attorney, Marler Clark LLP, PS Seattle, WA

Day 2

Saturday, April 11, 2008

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Ken Odza, Stoel Rives, Seattle, WA

Dr. Patricia Griffin, CDC, Chief, Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Washington, D.C.

Session 5: How is Food Protected Overseas?

International Perspectives on food safety.

Experts from the EU, UK, Australia/New Zealand, China and the World Health Organization discuss international food protection. How is food safety maintained as products travel through the global marketplace?

Panelists (in order of presentation)

Qiu Yeuming, Vice President, China National Institue of Standardizataion, People’s Republic of China

Chris Griffith, Director of Food Research and Consultancy, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Deon Mahoney, Principal Microbiologist, Food Standards, Australia and New Zealand Canberra, BC, Australia

Canice Nolan, First Counselor, Head of Food Safety, Health, and Consumer Affairs, Delegation of the European Commission, Washington, DC

Jørgen Schlundt, Director, Dept of Food Safety, Zoonoses, and Foodborne Illness, World Health Organization - Geneva, Switzerland

Session 6: Role of the Media in Public Health and Food Safety:

The contributions of media and science writers to Food Safety.

How do reporters get the story, and get it right, in the middle of media frenzy? How do they get the information they need to inform and protect the public? What is the role of the media in disseminating public health information?

Panelists (in order of presentation)

Douglas Powell, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Kansas State University. Scientific Director, International Food Safety Network, Manhattan, KS

Phil Brasher, Washington Correspondent, Des Moines Register. Washington, DC

James Prevor, Editor-in-Chief, The Perishable Pundit

Stephen J. Hedges, Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Andy Martin, Reporter, New York Times

Luncheon Speaker

Barbara Kowalcyk, Director of Food Safety, Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention