Diplomacy to Advance Food Defense: Remarks of Marc L. Ostfield to the 6th Global Food Safety and Quality Conference, April 1, 2007   [open pdf - 40KB]

From the remarks of Marc L. Ostfield: "It's a pleasure to be here today to talk about food defense and, in particular, the importance of diplomacy and international cooperation and collaboration to protect the food supply from intentional contamination. As you know well, our food supply and distribution system is global in nature and poses a relatively soft target offering many points at which it could be deliberately contaminated. The recent melamine in pet food situation, for example, makes us all the more aware of how far and wide food-related items are distributed or the extent to which they are processed. Furthermore, as we know, characteristics of certain foods may make them more attractive targets because contamination of those foods increases the potential number of people impacted. Fortunately, while the food supply and distribution system are soft targets, there are many steps nations can and have taken individually and collectively to harden these targets and better enhance national and international food defense. Today, I'd like to talk about some of the ways we are approaching international cooperation in food defense - and then some of the international issues for your consideration as industry and academia working on food defense."

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