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Briefing Date:08/17/1998
Topic:Ensuring Food Safety from Production to Consumption

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Food and Nutrition Board
and
National Research Council
Board on Agriculture

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Congressional Briefing
August 17, 1998 -- 2:00 p.m.
2113 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
and
September 3, 1998 -- 10:30 a.m.
1300 Longworth House Office Bldg.

Ensuring Safe Food From Production to Consumption

Outdated food safety laws and a fragmented federal structure serve as barriers to improving protection of the nation's food supply from contamination or other hazards, according to Ensuring Safe Food From Production to Consumption, a new congressionally mandated (PL 105-86) report from a committee of the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. Federal officials should adopt a science-based approach that helps them prevent, identify, and target the largest threats. Arcane safety laws must be repealed, and one individual should be appointed to provide a single point of leadership to implement a comprehensive plan that pulls together efforts currently spread across at least 12 federal agencies.

These series of briefings were for Members of Congress and/or congressional staff. The report was publicly released on August 20, 1998 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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