Federal Food Safety Working Group Progress Report, December 2011   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The federal government has taken important steps to protect an increasingly complex food supply.In March 2009, President Obama created the Food Safety Working Group (FSWG), a central coordinating mechanism for the federal government's food safety activities that is led by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA).The FSWG's core mission is to strengthen federal efforts and develop short-term and long-term strategies to improve food safety.Partner agencies include HHS's Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and HHS's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce, Department of State, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative.The White House Domestic Policy Council convenes the FSWG. The premise underlying the FSWG's creation is that coordination among federal agencies is essential to protect consumers in our highly diverse, global food system.Coordination and cooperation are neces¬sary through every stage of the production and consumption process--'from farm to table.' FSWG member departments and agencies thus share information and experience about all aspects of food safety.Such coordination strengthens the scientific and technical infrastructure to support a modern food safety system."

Public Domain
Retrieved From:
White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Media Type:
Help with citations