Well, pursuant to that call, Bill Marler (a food safety activist/attorney) thought it would be a good idea to set up a food safety conference. He envisioned inviting government, industry, science, and consumer representatives to discuss the present state of food safety, and to propose ways to improve it.
His conference came together. And it's about a month away!
The list of speakers is impressive. Here are a few:
- David Acheson, Assistant FDA Commissioner for Food Safety
- Tom Billy, Former head of USDA/FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service)
- David Goldman, USDA/FSIS
- Grocery Manufacturers Association
- Costco Wholesale Corporation
- Del Monte Foods
- Ge Zhirong, Vice Minister AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine), People's Republic of China
- Chris Griffith, Director of Food Research and Consultancy, University of Wales, UK
- Deon Mahoney, Food Standards, Australia and New Zealand
- Jørgen Schlundt Director, Dept of Food Safety, Zoonoses, and Foodborne Illness, World Health Organization, Switzerland
- Canice Nolan, Head of Food Safety, Health, and Consumer Affairs, European Commission Delegation, Washington, DC
- Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
- Des Moines Register
- Chicago Tribune
- New York Times
Here's Bill's blog post about the conference:
Who's Minding the Store? - The Current State of Food Safety and How It Can Be Improved - Friday & Saturday, April 11 & 12, 2008
Here's more information on the speakers and panelists from Seattle University's School of Law (the conference's sponsor):
Who’s Minding the Store - The Current State of Food Safety and How It Can Be Improved
And if you're inclined and would like to attend, here's an online registration:
Online Registration: Who's Minding the Store? - April 11 & 12, 2008
Hopefully some basic questions such as ... do voluntary recalls work (neither the FDA nor the USDA have recall authority today), why doesn't the government provide one-stop-shopping for food safety news (Is this all we get?), and how can we use technology to both better inform the public, and better solicit information from them? ... can be answered.
You go, Bill.