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Public Meeting Scheduled To Discuss Strategies for Improved Coordination During Foodborne Outbreaks

Friday, May 2, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the  Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and the National Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention, will co-sponsor a two-day summit that will include a public meeting on May 15, 2008, and an invitation-only simulation  exercise on May 16, 2008. The purpose of the summit is to discuss with stakeholders ways to improve information sharing and coordination during multi-jurisdictional foodborne outbreak investigations.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2008, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand and Suites Hotel, 800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101.

All documents related to the meeting will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket Room, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room  2534 South Building, Washington, DC 20250, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, as soon as they become available.

FSIS will finalize an agenda on or before the meeting date and post it and the documents related to the public meeting on the FSIS Web page at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News/Meetings--&--Events/.

Also, when it becomes available, the official transcript of the meeting will be kept in the FSIS Docket Room at the above address and will be posted on the Agency web site, http://www.fsis.usda.gov."

For more information, contact Bonnie Kissler at (404) 562-5940, or via email at Bonnie.Kissler@fsis.usda.gov.

Pre-registration for this meeting is recommended. To pre-register for the public meeting, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov and complete the registration form.

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