Federal Efforts to Mitigate Vulnerabilities in the Food Supply Chain, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology, of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, July 24, 2007 [open pdf - 9MB]
From the opening statement of James R. Langevin: "The subcommittee is meeting today to take testimony on Federal Efforts to Mitigate Vulnerabilities in the Food Supply Chain. Good morning. I would like to thank our witnesses for being here today. This hearing was originally scheduled, as you know, for last Thursday, but we had to postpone the hearing due to the House- Senate Conference Committee on the 9/11 bill. So I appreciate the witnesses' flexibility and patience, and I sincerely thank you all for coming back here today on what I know is a very important subject. Recent months have brought increased attention to vulnerabilities in the United States' food supply chain. Today's hearing will present us with both the public and private sector perspectives on how best to secure our food distribution networks. In the last year, we have witnessed food-borne illness outbreaks associated with spinach lettuce, and peanut butter, among others. This spring, incidents including the melamine contamination of vegetable proteins used in pet foods, the diethylene glycol contamination of toothpaste and drug residues in fish demonstrate how intentional food adulteration can pose a far greater challenge than unintentional contamination. Now, many of these incidents were traced back to problems associated with the Chinese food supply." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James R. Langevin, Michael T. McCaul, Bennie G. Thompson, Donna M. Christensen, Bob Etheridge, Marcy Kaptur, David Acheson, Dan Baldwin, Carol Maczka, Tom McGinn, Craig Henry, Shaun Kennedy, Allen Mathys and Lee M. Myers.
Serial No. 110-49
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