The Post Conference will take place on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.
In January 2011, the most extensive food safety legislation since the 1950s for Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated food was signed into law. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) affects all stages of the food production/ marketing system. It includes on-farm regulation of produce production, extends HACCP-like requirements to all food facilities, makes importers responsible for verifying that foreign suppliers comply with U.S. food safety standards, and lays the groundwork for more extensive traceability systems across the U.S. food supply.
Agricultural economists from the USDA Economic Research Service and FDA, with the AAEA Food Safety and Nutrition Section, have organized a 1-day workshop to start discussion on ways in which economic research can contribute to evaluation of this new set of policies. The goal of the workshop is to identify economic research needs as well as data needs to support this work. FDA will provide an overview of FSMA and progress to date on its implementation. Speakers will include economists and food safety specialists from FDA, USDA, academia, and industry. Representatives from federal data and research funding agencies will also speak. Rapporteurs will help workshop participants synthesize discussion and identify areas of consensus on research and data needs.
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