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FSIS to Host Public Meeting to Discuss Challenges and Solutions for Reducing the Incidence of E. coli O157:H7 in Raw Beef

Friday, March 28, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a public meeting to discuss challenges and proposed solutions concerning recalls and illnesses related to E. coli O157:H7.

The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, April 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Georgetown, 2101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC. The meeting will feature various presentations and panel discussions by FSIS officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a senior foodborne illness litigation firm partner, representatives from industry and consumer groups, as well as a small plant owner and operator from South Carolina.

Individuals are encouraged to pre-register to attend in person or via teleconference, and should visit www.fsis.usda.gov or contact Sheila Johnson at (202) 690-6498 or by e-mail at Sheila.Johnson@fsis.usda.gov. The agenda and other related items will be available prior to the meeting on the FSIS Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/.

For further information, contact Keith Payne at (202) 690-6522, by e-mail at Keith.Payne@fsis.usda.gov, or by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Room 405, Aerospace Building, Washington, DC 20250. Persons requiring a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations should notify Mr. Payne by April 2, 2008.

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