Food Safety For Pets & People Alike …
While the poisoned pet food recall that’s equally affecting over 90 low cost & even supposed high end brands of pet food like Science Diet and Iams has consumers worried, the FDA has come to the Bay Area this week for a different sort of Food Safety hearing.
The Food and Drug Administration hosts a public hearing on Tuesday March 19th in Oakland concerning the safety of fresh produce. The purpose of the hearings is obviously reassurance & propaganda but purports itself as a forum to share information about recent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses associated with microbial contamination of fresh produce. Much of the controversy recently came from pre-packaged spinach farms in California set near waste run off from neighboring factory farms & cattle ranches. Last fall’s back to back E. coli outbreaks sickened at least 350 people and killed a confirmed three.
Details on the FDA hearing, and where you can find out if you have suspect pet food produced by Menu Foods in your home after the jump…
The FDA has set up Tuesday’s meeting as an opportunity to solicit comments, data and other scientific information about current agricultural and manufacturing practice used to produce, harvest, pack, cool, process and transport fresh produce; risk factors for contamination of fresh produce associated with these practices; and possible measures by FDA to enhance the safety of fresh produce.
When: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building
Edward Roybal Auditorium
1301 Clay St. (3rd floor) ( accessible by 12th St BART in Oakland )
Oakland, CA, 94612
For Info on the US & Canadian pet food recall head over to http://www.menufoods.com/recall